Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl, Scholastic Inc. Publishing 2000
Written by: Jerry Spinelli
Reviewed by: Christy Ahn
Recommended Audience: High School
This is a story about your average eleventh-grade boy named Leo Borlock, who collects porcupine ties as a hobby. He finds his life turned upside down by a new, eccentric, different tenth-grade girl named Stargirl Caraway, who was home-schooled up to this point.
“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 corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
Stargirl is the definition of different. She wears long, floor-brushing pioneer skirts, carries her pet rat to school every day, says hello to absolute strangers, anything an ordinary person wouldn’t do. Suspicion rises in the school when Hillari Kimble, the student council president, suspects Stargirl of being a scam. A plant in the school to raise school spirit.
Leo and his best friend, Kevin Quinlan, put her on the “Hot Seat,” the school’s show in which students interview other students. The Hot Seat crew immediately dislike Stargirl for her immense popularity in such a short period of time. They accuse her of obnoxious things, such as being an alien, mentally retarded, etc. The Hot Seat session was never aired.
Leo falls head-over-heels in love with Stargirl, and gets to date her. But ironically, he has gained a good amount of popularity while Stargirl declines. He must choose the public’s (school’s) affection over hers.
Stargirl is a beautiful tale recommended for young adults.
Description of the book: http://www.shmoop.com/stargirl/summary.html
Spinelli’s Website: http://www.jerryspinelli.com/newbery_001.htm