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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SRL: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

I had actually read this book before and I put it on my list because I remember just feeling good after reading it.

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.

The story takes place in a high school and it's about a girl who is an outcast.  All I can remember while reading this book was that I wished I had the courage to be as free-thinking as this girl was. Not just when I went to high school, but also just NOW.  She's herself...how often do we get to be ourselves? And I felt the same way reading it recently. It's a feel-good book. I loved that this story showed both sides of fitting in and not fitting in.

I think it was an accurate portrayal of what it feels like to be a teenager. 

I find myself wishing I could be more like Stargirl!

Tomorrow's book review will also be about an outcast...but he takes a decidedly different approach.

There's a sequel to Stargirl that I didn't enjoy as much as the original, but I do think you will love this character.  I also think this is an important book for middle-grade kids to read.

Find it on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/Stargirl-Readers-Circle-Jerry-Spinelli/dp/0440416779

Read more about the author here:
http://www.jerryspinelli.com/newbery_002.htm

I didn't realize that Jerry Spinelli had so many published books. I think that over the course of the next year I may try to read some more of his work. Tune in tomorrow for more Summer Reading List updates!

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