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A new girl at Leo's school disrupts and challenges conformity with her shocking exuberance and love of life. Downloadable audio OR audio CD available.
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Since September, she had been a performer-unique and outrageous-on the high school stage. She was the opposite of cool; she held nothing back.
For years the strangers among us had passed sullenly in the hallways; now we looked, we nodded, we smiled. If someone got an A, others celebrated, too. If someone sprained an ankle, others felt the pain. We discovered the color of each other's eyes.
It was a rebellion she led, a rebellion for rather than against. For ourselves. For the dormant mud frogs we had been so long.
On the contrary, she [Stargirl] is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were.
"She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.
She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh.
My sense of humor had always measured up to everyone else's; but timid
introverted me, I showed it sparingly: I was a smiler. In her presence I
threw back my head and laughed out loud for the first time in my life”
“When a stargirl cries, she sheds not tears but light.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
“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.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent 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 cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
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Stargirl, the strange new girl, and Leo, become girlfriend and boyfriend. Leo is awed by how Stargirl can ignore the teasing of their classmates. Leo soon finds himself in love with Stargirl and, but they are finding that the whispering of their classmates is getting worse and worse. Leo wants Stargirl to be normal. One day Stargirl comes to school and she is dressed normally. She looks like a normal teenager. Leo is proud of her but Stargirl is no longer happy. Can Leo and Stargirl fix their relationship? Or will it crumble like Stargirl's popularity if she changes back? Stargirl loves Leo, but what if he can't love her back for who she is?
Stargirl is narrated by Leo Borlock, an eleventh grader who is content to conform to his close-minded high school environment. Leo and his entire high school are jolted out of their comfortable, conventional existence by the arrival of Stargirl Caraway, an unapologetically unique student who has been homeschooled and is now attending high school for the first time. For the first half of the school year, Leo observes Stargirl and her classmates’ reactions to her odd behavior. The students first regard Stargirl with suspicion and are afraid to socialize with her. As time passes, some of the students fall under Stargirl’s spell and become more individual and open-minded themselves; however, by February of the school year, the students have all come together to express their distrust of Stargirl. When Stargirl refuses to conform to their standards, they ultimately see her as a threat to the community.
A striking young woman who does just as she pleases causes an uproar when she joins a local high school. The student body, previously a fairly homogenous group of teens, doesn't know whether to react to her with respect and attraction or revulsion. One young man in particular finds himself torn between really liking her and all her eccentricities, and having a hard time dealing with how she alienates people because of her differences.
Everything about Mica High School is normal, until a homeschooled girl, named Stargirl, begins attending here for her sophomore year. Stargirl is a rather unique girl. She goes around the cafeteria playing a ukulele, she carries around a rat, she even gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't even know. When she first comes to the school, people love her. The boys in school are struck by her beauty. The girls are both jealous and excited to have her. When Stargirl takes an interest in a young man, Leo Borlock, he's full of excitement and anxiety that he could possibly be falling in love with such an interesting girl. He also wants to feature her on his school television show - Hot Seat.
The students come to love her individuality, enthusiasm, and her silliness. She quickly becomes popular, till her determination to bring happiness to everyone changes everyone's opinion about her. Suddenly, Stargirl isn't the popular girl that everyone enjoyed. The students start to question her differences, and she is soon rejected by almost everyone in the school, except for Leo, who falls in love with her, and - now Stargirl's only friend - Dori Dilson. Stargirl and Leo are having a great relationship till something wants to change his mind. Leo may not be strong enough to make the right decision.
Stargirl is a truly inspiring story. Jerry Spinelli made a book that many can relate to. Many students and people today want to try to fit in, but the character Stargirl proves it's okay to be different. Stargirl teaches you to be yourself. You will be drawn into the story, as you can see yourself in several of the situations encountered in Stargirl.
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