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Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

Random House Children's Books | May 11, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Stargirl is rated 4.2222 out of 5 by 63.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 6.83 × 4.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 11, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440416779

ISBN - 13: 9780440416777

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read I'll read any book about conformity because the topic amuses me. It's easy to tell right away how the story is going to unfold in this book because it's written about an outcast in high school. Of course the rest of the kids aren't going to like her. She's different. Then they decide she's worth attention for amusement. Then they get bored and cast her off again. It's high school life! But I did like this book. It's a fast read, meant for the younger crowd, but sometimes that's just what I'm in the mood to read. Also, I like how it ended.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Ispiring Book Stargirl Caraway is a new girl at the high school. She is instantly out-casted by her peers because she is a non-conformist. Because of that fact, this book really changed the way I see everyone and everything. It showed me that now ,in the modern society, to fit it, you have to be the same as everyone else, a conformist. I really admired Stargirl. She is and inspiration and should be everyone's role model. It's a great book for young kids (girls especially) to read to show that you CAN be yourself.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stargirl pretty good book. i liked some parts a lot and i didnt like some parts a lot! it was kinda wierd at some parts but over all it was good. i liked Leo and Stargirl together when they were boyfriend and girlfriend. but stargirl caraway was a little strange. 3/5 2010-014
Date published: 2010-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The back of the book was definitely different. The beginning was a little slow but it got better.I didn't like how someone changed just to get attention from a boy. It was better when Stargirl was Stargirl;unique.The end was pretty sad. I will definitely read the sequel.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magicaly , Amazing She laughed when there was no joke.She danced when there was no music. She had no friends yet she was the friendliest person in school. In her answers in class , she often spoke oh sea horses and stars, But she did not know what a football was. She said there waqs no televison in her house. She was elusive. she was today. she was tomorrow. she was faintest sent of a cactus flower , the flitting shadow of an elf owl. we did not know what to make of her. in our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but merely went through and away she flew. Stargirl , a name by anyother rose, would smell as sweet. Or so we thought. Stargirl moves to Arizona's own Mica high , expecting to meet new people, in searching to belong, but merely is the oppisite. Stargirl is the new girl and no one knows what to think of her and her mysterious Name. The students turn on stargirl for all that makes her diffrent . Except for leo borlock. Stargirl seems to catch Leo's heart with a glimes oh her insanely large eyes and her freckles just "dancing" on her nose. Leo Try's to turn Stargirl into the thing she fears most NORMAL. This book kept me wanting more, What is she up to what will happen next! Are Questions that will flow through your mind as reading this enchanting story. Every School has the odd one out but this is plain strange! Jerry Spenelli .. I give you a standing ovation, This book is So discriptive and so in depth and never left a dull moment. from front to back this book with Amaze you with diffrent people diffrent places. A mixture of romance and comedy, high school situations. I will never forget this book and everytime i'm in need of a bost for need to get out of a sticky situation i think to myself what would stargirl do. This book is recomended for all People of all ages, ready for a storm of magic, excitment and romance. This book is a extremely important part of any libaray!
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dance as if no one is looking.... The female character within this novel is seen as strange by the students at her high school because she doesn't fear about what people think of her. She wears what she wants, says what she pleases and acts without caring what people think. However, even though everyone else laughs behind her back, a guy starts to see how she has good intentions and begins to fall in love with her :)
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Star Girl is awesome!!! Star Girl is great! I loved it sooooo much. I could read it a million times and never get bored of it, well maybe not a MILLION!
Date published: 2008-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Absolute Read This book is about a new girl, but not any new girl, Stargirl. This girl was nothing close to normal but she didn't care. Well everybody else did. So did Leo, well at least for awhile. I have to thank my teacher for suggesting this marvelous book. If anything I thought it was delightful and heart warming.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book The title of this book is called Stargirl written by jerry Spinelli, the characters would be: Stargirl, Leo, Kevin, Hillari, Archie, Cinnamon, Wayne and Dori. Stagirl is a book that is about a girl called Stargirl or if you would rather call her Susan, well she has been homeschool for about 3-4 years and finally goes to a real school for once.Once she gets there all eyes were on her because she was so different from everyone else. She started to become popular because of it. Later on in this book people started to get annoyed by herand starts to betray her when she starts chearing for both teams cause she wanted everyone to be happy. I personally think the book was kind of boring in the end but gets really interesting in the middle and the end. Well I would reccomend that if it gets boring in the beggining keep reading cause it will get interesting. Ohh one more thing later on around in the middle of the book Stargirl tells someone she loves him. So read the book!!!! And if you like the book read the next one if you don't then don't read the sequal Love, Stargirl.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book is okay well.... this book is about a girl called stagirl. And she has moved to a new school. once she came to the school all eyes were on her. she was really different that was how she got popular. she was also home schooled for 3-4 years. she weres a long dress that covers her feet/ shoes. later in the book she was on the hot seat and it did not go well! well... my opinion about this book is that it is a great book so far! i really like the book well...... so far so good :) i really think that you should read this book becuse it is realy good i don`` know why i keep saying this BUT READ IT!!!!!!!!!! and i really reccomend this book for grade 7 and up this review is by the awesome ashley cheng MUAHAHAH :) >.<
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very good at the middle, but the beginning not really The book, Stargirl is pretty interesting in the middle of the book.. at first Stargirl was pretty strange iWonder why Stargirl suddenly sing birthday songs to people, but its really their birthday. Well i kinda like this book ... it seems pretty interesting . i think stufff happened to Stargirl , it can happen to anyone in this world. i didn't finish reading the book yet, my friend told me that Stargirl is going to move away . and i really wonder why is she moving away. i think she can't stand people treating them really badly.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very good at the middle, but the beginning not really The book, Stargirl is pretty interesting in the middle of the book.. at first Stargirl was pretty strange iWonder why Stargirl suddenly sing birthday songs to people, but its really their birthday. Well i kinda like this book ... it seems pretty interesting . i think stufff happened to Stargirl , it can happen to anyone in this world. i didn't finish reading the book yet, my friend told me that Stargirl is going to move away . and i really wonder why is she moving away. i think she can't stand people treating them really badly.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good twists, great book Realistic enough to be true yet seems so immpossible. What would happen to the high school once someone who is completely different joins in from her years of home-schooling? Stargirl, tenth grade, was home-schooled untill then and her pet rat always ride around in her backpack. How would students react to her, with the ukelele and the singing? Will they adore or detest her? The Hot Seat show didn't go well, not her as a cheerleader either. When she leaves a Valentine card for Leo, would this change him? I'd personally say this is a great book. With its short chapters, you'll want to keep reading. 34 chapters,and the begining of the mysterious porcupine necktie. Fast ending, sudden change. No one knows where Stargirl is. Can Leo find her again someday? Read it to find out! (Seriously, do it.) After you're done, consider the sequal, Love Stargirl.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book so much. Stargirl was such an innocent girl and she did so much for the guy that she loved. He did a lot in return then just walked away which was so rude of him.
Date published: 2008-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from more fun than I expected I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Though it's focus is decidedly young, it still made for an engaging read. I smiled many times, and even chuckled a few. I kinda wish I could meet this stargirl. I think I would like her. I look forward to an evening with the sequel.
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stargirl i really thought this book was good because , it teaches you about friendship and love belive in yourself. i suggest you read it . i give it 5 stars. i've read it 19 times. and proble 1,000 more times.
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I thought it was an awesome book about love, friendship, and finding yourself. It was a great read, but not something that I could read and be absorbed in more than once. For that I give it only 4 stars.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable This book is so indescribable. I have read it 4 times and still could read it 2000 more times! It is one of the best books I have ever read. And trust me I have read plenty of books. The way Jerry writes makes me melt. READ THIS BOOK! IF you don't you are so missing out!
Date published: 2007-02-25
Rated out of 5 by from IndigoKids Recommends: Experts' Favourites I love this book. It is a great novel all about being who you are and not conforming to the standards that society has placed for you. Love yourself and love those around. What an amazing message for every girl out there.
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This is a great book expressing how this outcast really is able to ignore all the rumors and just be herself! I absoltely love it, and know now how outcast are somehow treated!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of THE BEST This was one of the best book I have EVER read, and believe me, thats a lot. My friend told me about it, and I borrowed it from her, and WOW! It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I loved the way Spinelli structured his sentences. The way he described this unbelievable character. She's someone that everyone in real life wants to be. Someone who is their own person. Doesnt care about what other people think. Helps others. I LOVED it!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Innocent As a homeschooler, I understand how tough it is to go into the public schools. This book is a success story while also being light and completely delightful. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a sweet read.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spinelli Strikes again Spinelli really captures the feeling of isolation, love and belonging. I'm sure that many people can relate to the feeling of "fitting in" as Stargirl does. I sure can, i have moved twelve times and so i know how going to a new school can feel, i know how trying to fit in can feel too.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Has a little of Stargirl in them I really enjoyed Stargirl. I believe everyone has a little bit of Stargirl in them. I was the part where everyone shunned me no matter how nice i was and all the nice things i did for people. It never mattered. This book was really excellent in the sense that it was from a guy's experiance. And i love the ending. it is not what you expect and i love the turn around in the story. I think this book should be read in schools and on every recommendation list. Everyone is a Little weird inside and it just depends on the person of how much it comes out. I think everyone can relate to this book.
Date published: 2006-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I love this book so much. Everytime I read it, and I read it a lot, I cry. The writing is wonderful, not too juvenile like a lot of teen books. I think this book could be read and loved by anyone and I highly reccomend it it everyone. I haven't lent it to one person who didn't love it.
Date published: 2006-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl rox Stargirl is an amazing book.If she was real she would be my role model!!!!
Date published: 2006-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book a must read!!!! I always was picky about books and I only like certain ones. When a person recommended it i didn't want to read i thought it was just weird. But then when i read the first ten pages i was getting drawn into it, it was really interesting. But anyways in the end i was surprised it ended that quickly! Must read.
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Title.? This book was okay. Above average, for sure. I didn't really feel like Leo loved Stargirl as much as I did when in Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen. But, this is still a pretty good book, Stargirl was described well && I epsecially liked the romantic moments with Stargirl + Leo. A part to remember is the HOT SEAT, that was very well written. I recommend this book, absolutely. It couldn't be alot better.
Date published: 2005-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unenjoyable No offence this book is realy boreing! I almost always finish a book once I start it but with this one no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't keep reading. It was just unrelatable, unappealing and simply not interesting enough to finish! But maybe if I ever did try to finish it I will feel different about it.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Stargirl is an interesting book, and I enjoyed it a lot. I just finished reading it today. It's very funny, and Stargirl (Susan) is VERY weird. Spinelli really wrote this book greatly. I love it.
Date published: 2005-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent This book is fantastic. I've never read a more compassionate book.
Date published: 2005-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing Special I bought this book thinking it would be really good but i was veeery disapointed. It was very boring and the story was weak.
Date published: 2004-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book not to be missed last year I started reading a book called Stargirl. The cover and back of the book didin't give any hints of what it was going to be about so I decided I would start reading it to see what it would be about. The book swept me away!, I couldn't stop reading it. I loved every sentence! This was my first Jerry Spinelli book and it will certainly not be the last!!!!
Date published: 2004-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved Stargirl Stargirl is one of the very few books that changes how I view the world. I took one look at the cover and instantly wanted to read it. I read it to my mom when she was sick, she laughed and cried even though she had a sore throat. Stargirl is one of the best books i have ever read.
Date published: 2004-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This was an interesting book about a girl that is different then everyone else. I found it a bit slow in a couple of spots, but mainly good. I think that it should be read in junior high.
Date published: 2004-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!!!!***** a must read. A wonderful book about leo's view of stargirl.A bit of a romatic book but has a never know what will happen next thing in there. But still a great book.
Date published: 2004-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book in the World! I read this book, like, in grade 6. I am usually really hard on book reveiws, but this is one of the few books of the 200 I've read over the last few years that I have fell in love with, (I even named my puppy after her!) . No need for a squale, this book is amazing, Stargirl has the care-free personallity that we all need, could not put is down also ~ DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY IT'S BORING-THEY PROBABLY DID NOT EVEN READ IT!
Date published: 2004-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a Snore!!! This book is one of the most boring books you could ever read! I love books and am a constant reader and this is one of the most silly and stupid books I have ever read. My advice: don't read this if you like interesting and exciting books.
Date published: 2004-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ADORED THIS BOOK!!!! THIS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!! THIS IS A STORY HARD CORE NON-CONFORMITY AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD!!!! 5 ISN'T ENOUGH!!!!!! AWESOME BOOK!!!!!! A MUST READ!!!!!!! A MUST BUY!!!!!!! YAY!!!!
Date published: 2004-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read... Ever since I saw the cover of Stargirl, I always wondered what the story was about. So I bought the book, and read it. Stargirl is a very unique girl, who stands out a littl too much from Mica High. She gets popular, then they shun her. Leo, whose heart was captured by Stargirl, was desperate for her love, but didnt want to get shunned. Stargirl loved him so much, that she acutually tried to act normal like everybody else, but failed. The book Stargirl shows an amazing feauture about a highschool kid. It showed me that different people are even more special than normal people. They could change our lives forever... Best Wishes, Beacee.
Date published: 2003-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stargirls great! OH my gosh! This was such an excellent!!! book!!! It's a must READ!!!
Date published: 2003-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth its weight in gold It is one of the most powerful books you will ever read. It will urge you to change yourself but find in this action you become the most you you have ever been
Date published: 2003-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cliched I'm usually fairly open-minded with books that I read, giving them a fair chance. But Stargirl didn't capture my attention at all. I forced myself to finish it because I hate leaving any book hanging. It was really cliched and boring, in my opinion. Very elementary.
Date published: 2003-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This is truly one of the best books i have ever read. It really talks about how status and popularity effects peoples lives and how cruel some people can be to other people based on how they dress, or act. Stargirl is a truly memorable character. She proves you don't have to be the most populare person in the world to be happy, which now a days is a lesson which should be taught to more people. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was a bummer... This book was sooooooooooo boring and a bit stupid. Here's some advice: DON'T BUY IT! Maybe it's just me though. I like authors like J.R.R. Tolkein,and Phillip Pullmen, J.K. Rowling etc.
Date published: 2003-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ!!! I thought this book showed how much you can change to try to become a better person. it is a great book, A MUST READ!
Date published: 2003-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book!!! Stargirl is a terrific book! This book really shows readers about how people can are treated and how sometimes people treat other people different because of what they do or what they look like. I think everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2002-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST!! This was definitely the best book i have ever read. If you are between 13-17 you will probably love this book!!
Date published: 2002-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love the book Star Girl. I'm in grade 8 and I think kids my age will love it. I simply couldn't put it down, it's a real page turner. Jerry Spinelli really captures the unique noncomformity of Susan Caraway-Star Girl.
Date published: 2002-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Wow. Beautifully written, lyrical story about the conflict between being true to yourself and the desire to fit in. Funny and sweet and sad and touching. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2002-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl The most awesome book ever! i could hardly put it down. But stargirl is so cool being such an individual that everyone starts too follow her instead of being elastic reaction Mica High.I think telling the story from leo's point of view and not stargirl's is the best!!
Date published: 2002-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding This book is not what I expected, yet I loved every part of it. The way Jerry Spinelli touches on first love is so heart-warming! Well planned and written... hopefully there'll be a sequal!
Date published: 2002-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was good i liked this book, but it wasn't interesting enough because it wasn't too believable. But still a great read.
Date published: 2002-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Not only is it completely different from anything I've read but it's better. It takes us outside of life as we know it so we can examine from the other perspective the perspective hidden deep down inside that urges us to be the next Star Girl. It makes you think about how society works and wonder why you go along with it.
Date published: 2002-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (Second) Best Book I Ever Read! Why not judge a book by its cover? The story is just as good as it looks! It has so many life philosophies in it, and they make you realize the stuff we normally won't. And don't you dare tell me that this book is boring or you don't understand what the author is talking about. Just use your brain.
Date published: 2002-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This is an excellent book! It is undoubtedly the best book I have ever read. This book shoud be read by everybody young or old. A work of art!
Date published: 2002-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK The book was good and interesting but I expected more.
Date published: 2002-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This book was amazing! It was so easy to believe, and the characters have to deal with real life problems. I loved this book.
Date published: 2002-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I had this when I really could've used it. I remember what it was like to be different. When you are or have been thought of as different from everybody else, regardless of the reason , you never forget, even after you've changed , been molded, conformed; you never forget what it felt like to be hated for the parts of yourself that you can't change, and otherwise wouldn't want to. It's been a while since I've cried over way-back-when. It's been a while since I have consciously remembered the details of incidents when it was made clear to me in various ways - always unexpected, always cruel - that I didn't belong. That they were one, and I was something else entirely, something else that had no right to friendship, to kindness, to consideration. I've never forgotten, but I hadn't consciously thought about it again until during and after I was reading Stargirl . Today, not only am I consciously aware of the details all over again (a mixed blessing), but I feel as though I have reached an understanding that I had lo
Date published: 2002-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I EVER READ ************** Star Girl is the best book ever. It is so down to earth and real. It shows the true emotions of a girl and a guy. At the end you will cry just like me! I loved this book and can't wait to purchase it!
Date published: 2002-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This book is beautiful!!! I loved it!! It's heart warming and funny.... you should defintily read this one, it's so great!!
Date published: 2002-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from One of the worst books Iv ever read ..... One of the worst books Iv ever read . It was so boring I got hafe way through [forcing my self to read that fare] I geuss the expreshon " Dont jouge a book because of its cover " realy douse mean somthing in this case Because that was the only resone I bought the book I liked the way the cover looked thats the only resone I gave it two points .
Date published: 2001-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jerrys done it again! This book is so funky! Its unbeliveable, Jerry Spenelli's books are so funny but so real. Star girl is definatly one of his best.
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from STARGIRL A spiritually moving book, Stargirl shows forth her love for people, greeting strangers and sending cards and letters around. She met Leo Borlock when her parnets moved to Mica. He became her friend, after the other students shunned her and anyone with her. He tried to do the very thing that would destroy her, making her normal, and thankfully did not succeed. Stargirl, from her name to the ukelele and the rat that she carried with her, were hated by the entire school. Until one night. The prom. She came in a dress that looked as if it were made of flowers, and led the kids out into the desert, dancing, and did not come back for a long time. She left that night, and her house went up for sale. He never saw her since.
Date published: 2000-11-27

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Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 6.83 × 4.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 11, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440416779

ISBN - 13: 9780440416777

About the Book

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."

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When I was little, my Uncle Pete had a necktie with a porcupine painted on it.  I though that necktie was just about the neatest thing in the world.  Uncle Pete would stand patiently before me while I ran my fingers over the silky surface, half expecting to be stuck by one of the quills.  Once, he let me wear it.  I kept looking for one of my own, but I could never find one. I was twelve when we moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona.  When Uncle Pete came to say goodbye, he was wearing the tie.  I though he did so to give me one last look at it, and I was grateful.  But then, with a dramatic flourish, he whipped off the tie and draped it around my neck.  "It''s yours," he said.  "Going-away present." I loved that porcupine tie so much that I decided to start a collection.  Two years after we settled in Arizona, the number of ties in my collection was still one.  Where do you find a porcupine necktie in Mica, Arizona - or anywhere else, for that matter? On my fourteenth birthday, I read about myself in the local newspaper.  The family section ran a regular feature about kids on their birthdays, and my mother had called in some info.  The last sentence read: "As a hobby, Leo Borlock collects porcupine neckties." Several days later, coming home from school, I found a plastic bag on our front step.  Inside was a gif
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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 &#8220;Stargirl, Stargirl.&#8221; She captures Leo Borlock&#8217;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.

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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.

About the Author

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1941, Jerry Spinelli attended Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. Students, teachers and librarians from all over the world enjoy Spinelli's funny and true-to-life books. Spinelli was an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station Seventh Grade in 1982, followed by Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? in 1984. In 1991, Spinelli won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). He followed this success with such engaging titles as Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993), among others. In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book. With over 19 published books to his credit, Spinelli finds writing comes easiest when he's dressed comfortably in blue jeans, a flannel shirt and moccasins. Spinelli and his wife, Eileen, have seven children and 11 grandchildren.

Editorial Reviews

&#8220;A magical and heartbreaking tale.&#8221;&#8212;Kirkus Reviews, Starred

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

A Publishers Weekly Choice of the Year&#8217;s Best Books

Bookclub Guide

1. As the saying goes, &#8220;love is blind.&#8221; 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: &#8220;You&#8217;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.&#8221; Now that you&#8217;ve finished the novel, what do you think Archie means by this statement?

3. While Stargirl is a guest on &#8220;Hot Seat,&#8221; Kevin asks her why she changed her name. Do you accept her reason why she did this? How is &#8220;Stargirl&#8221; 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 person?

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 &#8220;sameness&#8221; 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 &#8220;Susan,&#8221; Leo says &#8220;she look magnificently, wonderfully, gloriously ordinary. She looked just like a hundred other girls at Mica High&#8230;. I had never been so happy and proud in my whole life.&#8221; 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 &#8220;the cheering is as wild as that of the crowd at a championship basketball game.&#8221; 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 rejection?

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&#8217; 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, &#8220;Star people are rare. You&#8217;ll be lucky to meet another.&#8221; 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 &#8220;popular&#8221; kids in the story&#8211;do they stay popular?

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17