Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


I recommend this book for: grade 7 and up
Leo's small highschool in Mica, Arizona doesn't know what hit it when Stargirl arrives. She's been homeschooled up until 10th grade and marches to her own drummer - or more accurately, to her own ukelele playing. Her clothes come from every time period except the current one and she does everything she can to be nice to everyone. She's gawked at, becomes wildly popular, and is shunned during the course of the story because of how different she is from everyone else. Leo is in love with her, but can he handle everything that comes with being Starboy?
A great story that portrays the popularity scale of high school - how wildly it can swing back and forth, and especially how it affects relationships. Stargirl shines as brilliantly as her name, and although Leo ultimately disappoints, you understand why he does it. My favorite character was the retired archaeologist who taught informal lessons on prehistory and life to whoever showed up on his back porch. Not a happy ending, but a worthwhile read.

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