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A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.

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.

Don’t miss the sequel, Love, Stargirl, and Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out.


by Jerry Spinelli

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Overall Review:  

Stargirl enchants the audience with a story about a girl who has an angelic and beautiful soul, who dances through life, dropping the jaws of everyone around her. All reactions about this girl are strong -- positive or negative. She is a force to be reckoned with and no one who ever meets her can help but be changed. Stargirl could be a learning experience for us all, teaching us to shine in our own ways, despite the social pressures around us. It is an especially valuable lesson for preteens, who face more social pressures than most, and while they are most vulnerable. Stargirl would make a meaningful gift for any kid.

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Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation.

Violence/Gore:  A young boy breaks his leg and gets a blood clot from it, brief and not detailed secondhand description; a teen slaps another teen.

Sex/Nudity: A teen boy and a teen girl kiss.

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Bullying, peer pressure, death of a family member.

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