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Stargirl

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A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love. Don't miss the sequel, Love, Stargirl, and Jerry Spinelli's latest novel, The Warden's Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out. "Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion." --The New York Times From the Hardcover edition.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 104.14 x 172.72 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0440416779
  • 9780440416777
  • 17,889

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Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love. "From the Hardcover edition.show more

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-A magical and heartbreaking tale.---Kirkus Reviews, Starred -Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity.- -- The New York Times -Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, [Stargirl] possesses many of the mythical qualities of Maniac Magee.- -- Publishers Weekly, Starred -Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed.- -- The Detroit News and Free Press -Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonder tribute to nonconformity.- -- Chicago Tribuneshow more

About Jerry Spinelli

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.show more

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238,842 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
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"And I think every once in a while someone comes along who is a little more primitive than the rest of us, a little closer to our beginnings, a little more in touch with the stuff we're made of." Finally, a book that I was able to really connect with. It's refreshing and honest and real. It's simple yet not so simple. Raw and profound. I loved every moment I was reading this book. Stargirl (the character) is weird, but it's a good weird. She's unique and innocent and true to herself. I loved her personality, her carefree attitude, her kindness. I loved how she treats everyone nicely, even when they're mean to her. "Of all the unusual features of Stargirl, this struck me as the most remarkable. Bad things did not stick to her. Correction: her bad things did not stick to her. Our bad things stuck very much to her. If we were hurt, if we were unhappy or otherwise victimized by life, she seemed to know about it, and to care, as soon as we did." Her ways of expressing herself were different and her boldness and not caring what others think made people uncomfortable. She showed them something new and at first, they loved her for it. But when they didn't know what to think of her anymore, they shunned her and turned her into an outcast. What made me sad is that Leo did not stand up for Stargirl - the real Stargirl. He wanted her to be normal. He wanted her to be just like everyone else. What Leo did not know - or perhaps wasn't willing to acknowledge - was that her uniqueness was what made her Stargirl. I wanted to be mad at Leo, but I understood him. I think he was just afraid to stand out by being associated with Stargirl. I liked the fact that Leo was the one narrating the story. It gave more emphasis to Stargirl's character because she was seen from the outside. Leo's voice was also strong and steady. I liked the words, the dialogue, the flow of the story. I loved it to the last page. "You can't just wake up in the morning and say you don't care what the rest of the world thinks." No, Leo. Actually, you can. And Stargirl did just that. Personally, what I liked the most about Stargirl is that I see a bit of myself in her. Like Stargirl, I don't think much about what other people think. It's liberating and happier that way. I really admire Stargirl for being herself and even though she tried to change and be just like everyone else, she did it for love. How blind of Leo to not see Stargirl's worth. At least not enough to choose her over everyone. Stargirl is definitely a must-read. A new favorite book. Favorite lines: "The trouble with miracles is, they don't last long." "Nobody has the time," she said. "The time cannot be owned." She threw out her arms and twirled till her multicolored skirt looked like a pinwheel taffy. "The time is free to everyone!" "Itâ??s really hard to do nothing totally. Even just sitting here, like this, our bodies are churning, our minds are chattering. Thereâ??s a whole commotion going on inside us." â??Thatâ??s bad?â?? I said. â??Itâ??s bad if we want to know whatâ??s going on outside ourselves.â?? â??Donâ??t we have eyes and ears for that?â?? She nodded. â??Theyâ??re okay most of the time. But sometimes they just get in the way. The earth is speaking to us, but we canâ??t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then - maybe - the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper." "She was gone. She was serenity. Her lips faintly smiling. Her golden skin. The glowing thread-ends of her hair. She seemed to have been dipped in sunlight and set here to dry. I felt a pang of jealousy, that she could be sitting next to me and not know it. That she could be somewhere and I could not be there, too."show more
by Julie Rimpula
Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, then strumming her ukulele as if all alone? The boys in school are immediately struck by her quiet, unassuming beauty. The girls are both jealous of her innate naturalness and excited to have her enthusiasm in the school. For Leo Borlock, it's a mixture of fear and excitement that has him falling in love with the mysterious Stargirl--and a desire to see her on the Hot Seat, the in-school television show he runs with his best friend, Kevin. The kids at school embrace Stargirl--her quirkiness, her individuality, her enthusiasm and exuberance for everything she does. She discovers friends and cheerleading, and she's popular. Popular, that is, until she starts rooting for the opposition, determined to bring joy and happiness to everyone, not just her home team. Suddenly, she's not the popular girl that everyone wants to be around. The same individuality that was once embraced is now snubbed, literally, by almost everyone in school. Except for Leo, who's in love with the enigmatic Stargirl, a girl who whole-heartedly loves him back. Until Leo is forced to choose between the affections of an entire school full of classmates and the maybe-too-individual Stargirl. When faced with the choice of one person versus many, Leo might not be strong enough to make the right decision. Jerry Spinelli has penned a book that goes straight to the heart of wanting to fit in, of sometimes being too good to believe, of life and love and heartbreak and the desire to be different, yet the same as everyone else. STARGIRL is a pure delight, and you won't be able to help being drawn into this very believable story, and it's truly unbelievable characters. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
This book is just too amazing and wonderful and HAPPY!! sure there are a few things that make you go aww, but overall it is a very happy kind of book that makes you feel all yay inside. : ) I love it so much and I'm pretty sure anyone that reads it will too. at first when i saw it all over the place in middle school I was like "yeah, I don't think so, maybe another time" but then I gave it a shot in high school and I LOVED it!! It has a great story with amazing unforgettable characters that you will feel sorry for and wish you were more like, especially stargirl. she is so ..daring! she does things you wish you could do and makes you want to go out into the world and just not care about what people think about you as long as you're happy and you try to make others happy too.show more
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