1. As the saying goes, "love is blind." How is this truly the
case with Leo and Stargirl? Looking back, how can you tell that Leo
was falling for her? And does he stay in love with her, even after
she moves away?
2. Professor Archie Brubaker is the voice of reason throughout
the novel. Archie has many thoughtful insights into the personality
of Stargirl, and at one point says about her: "You'll know her more
by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long
enough. One day you might see someone you know." Now that you've
finished the novel, what do you think Archie means by this
3. While Stargirl is a guest on "Hot Seat," Kevin asks her why
she changed her name. Do you accept her reason why she did this?
How is "Stargirl" an ideal name for her? Think about the
possibility of changing your name several times. Do you think your
name is an integral part of who you are, or can you imagine
yourself with another one?
4. In the beginning, Hillari Kimble seems to be the only person
who openly dislikes Stargirl. But then others begin to feel the
same way as Hillari. Do you think that groups of people need a
leader, like Hillari Kimble, to turn opinions against another
5. Do you, as a reader, like Stargirl? If you were a student at
Mica High, would you reach out to her like Dori Dilson, or reject
her like Hillari Kimble? Do you think the students of Mica High are
ultimately too harsh on Stargirl?
6. Popularity, fitting in, and "sameness" are all key themes in
Stargirl. Find places in the novel that reinforce these themes and
discuss. Do you think Stargirl ever wanted to be popular? How might
she define popularity?
7. 1.After Stargirl changes back to "Susan," Leo says "she look
magnificently, wonderfully, gloriously ordinary. She looked just
like a hundred other girls at Mica High…. I had never been so happy
and proud in my whole life." How did you feel when you read this
part of the novel?
8. Author Jerry Spinelli plays two major events in this novel
off of each other: the basketball championships and the oratorical
contest. After Stargirl wins the oratorical contest, Leo says that
"the cheering is as wild as that of the crowd at a championship
basketball game." Stargirl is the focus at both events but in very
different ways. How is she rejected at one and accepted at the
other? And how does this acceptance ultimately lead to
9. The Ocotillo Ball at the end of the novel represents a
turning point. Do you think Stargirl made a deliberate attempt to
say good-bye at the ball? What do you make of the students'
behavior at the ball, and what does this tell you about the student
body of Mica High as a whole?
10. Archie says about Stargirl, "Star people are rare. You'll be
lucky to meet another." Do you think Leo was grown-up enough for
his relationship with Stargirl? How about the students of Mica
High? Will Leo ever figure Stargirl out?
11. What is the irony at the end of Stargirl? Is Stargirl
popular after all? What happens to the "popular" kids in the
story-do they stay popular?