Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

3 Stars

Stargirl arrives at Mica High marching to beat of her own drum, errrr ukulele. A swirling, twirling mass of prairie skirts and song, Stargirl is different than EVERYONE else. She handcrafts gifts for all on holidays, she gives each student their own "Happy Birthday" serenade and she cheers for both sides during games. The only thing that doesn’t make Stargirl stand out from the crowd is that she has a crush on a boy – Leo Borlock. Leo has feelings for Stargirl too, but he’s also worried about his personal image when he begins devoting so much time to someone so strange and asks her to become "normal".
This was a very sweet book about conformity/nonconformity. A perfect read for late elementary-schoolers or early middle-schoolers. Although not particularly "deep", Spinelli does a good job of putting pen to paper and making an enjoyable read that delivers a message.

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