Author: Jerry Spinelli
Synopsis: “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.”
Why I can’t live without this book: Oh man. Remember when you were in middle school, and all you wanted was to fit in with the crowd but also be the most unique version of yourself? Insert Stargirl: the girl who didn’t give a lick about fitting in, who was instead wholly, innocently, beautifully herself. This is one of those children’s books I didn’t read until a couple of years ago, but like Wonder, I can’t wait to read this to my boys in a couple of years. I want them to relish in their uniqueness instead of squelching it because it’s what society says they’re supposed to do.
(One of my) favorite quotes: “We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past “weird” and “strange” and “goofy.” Her ways knocked us off balance. ”
So, Stargirl: have you read it, as an adult or to your kids? Are you a fan of children’s lit in general, or can you do without?
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