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Stargirl
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Stargirl
Stargirl Series, Book 1
This beloved celebration of individuality is now an original movie on Disney+!
A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday, coming August 2021. 
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.
 
“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times
This beloved celebration of individuality is now an original movie on Disney+!
A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday, coming August 2021. 
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.
 
“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times
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  • Chapter One When I was little, my Uncle Pete had a necktie with a porcupine painted on it.  I though that necktie was just about the neatest thing in the world.  Uncle Pete would stand patiently before me while I ran my fingers over the silky surface, half expecting to be stuck by one of the quills.  Once, he let me wear it.  I kept looking for one of my own, but I could never find one.



    I was twelve when we moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona.  When Uncle Pete came to say goodbye, he was wearing the tie.  I though he did so to give me one last look at it, and I was grateful.  But then, with a dramatic flourish, he whipped off the tie and draped it around my neck.  "It's yours," he said.  "Going-away present."



    I loved that porcupine tie so much that I decided to start a collection.  Two years after we settled in Arizona, the number of ties in my collection was still one.  Where do you find a porcupine necktie in Mica, Arizona - or anywhere else, for that matter?



    On my fourteenth birthday, I read about myself in the local newspaper.  The family section ran a regular feature about kids on their birthdays, and my mother had called in some info.  The last sentence read: "As a hobby, Leo Borlock collects porcupine neckties."



    Several days later, coming home from school, I found a plastic bag on our front step.  Inside was a gift-wrapped package tied with yellow ribbon.  The tag said, "Happy Birthday!"  I opened the package.  It was a porcupine necktie.  Two porcupines were tossing darts with their quills, while a third was picking its teeth.



    I inspected the box, the tag, the paper.  Nowhere could I find the giver's name.  I asked my parents. I asked my friends.  I called my Uncle Pete.  Everyone denied knowing anything about it.



    At the time I simply considered the episode a mystery.  It did not occur to me that was being watched.  We were all being watched.


    "Did you see her?"
    That was the first thing Kevin said to me on the first day of school, eleventh grade. We were waiting for the bell to ring.
    "See who?" I said.
    "Hah!" He craned his neck, scanning the mob. He had witnessed something remarkable; it showed on his face. He grinned, still scanning. "You'll know."
    There were hundreds of us, milling about, calling names, pointing to summer-tanned faces we hadn't seen since June. Our interest in each other was never keener than during the fifteen minutes before the first bell of the first day.
    I punched his arm. "Who?"
    The bell rang. We poured inside.
    I heard it again in homeroom, a whispered voice behind me as we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
    "You see her?"
    I heard it in the hallways. I heard it in English and Geometry:
    "Did you see her?"
    Who could it be? A new student? A spectacular blonde from California? Or from back East, where many of us came from? Or one of those summer makeovers, someone who leaves in June looking like a little girl and returns in September as a full-bodied woman, a ten-week miracle?
    And then in Earth Sciences I heard a name: "Stargirl."
    I turned to the senior slouched behind me. "Stargirl?" I said. "What kind of name is that?"
    "That's it. Stargirl Caraway. She said it in homeroom."
    "Stargirl?"
    "Yeah."
    And then I saw...
About the Author-
  • JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including Dead WednesdayThe Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 1, 2001
    Ritter, in the sort of dynamic, focused performance that makes him a versatile actor, effortlessly walks the halls of Mica Area High School as 16-year-old Leo Borlock, a boy coming to grips with first love and the pressures of conformity. Junior year takes a most unusual track for Leo, a proud-to-be-ordinary kid, as well as most of the student body, when a new sophomore named Stargirl arrives on the scene. With her odd clothes, pet rat named Cinnamon and penchant for playing the ukulele during lunch, free spirit Stargirl turns the school on its ear. But before Leo really knows it's happening, Stargirl steals his heart, a development that eventually puts him at odds with just about everyone. As his love for Stargirl grows, so does his concern that they are an oddity in the world; he finds himself facing a difficult choice between society and his girlfriend. With a mesmerizing reading rhythm peppered with spirited and heartfelt dialogue, Ritter fully captures the emotional current of Spinelli's text. He relates the humorous details, clique-related dramas and intense heartbreak of high school life with a knowing tone that young listeners will likely embrace. Ages 12-up.

  • DOGO Books henrys21 - Stargirl is a book that are talking about a new girls in MAHS. Her nickname is Stargirl and her real name is Susan. she always singing Happy Birthday song to her classmate when her classmate's birthday and she will send the card when it is Valentine's Day. Stargirl always doing things that people won't do it. She always is special in her class. Hillari Kimble hate her very much, because Hillari Kimble wants to be popular in the school. Hillari Kimble is a girl in MAHS. Her boyfriend is called Wayne Parr and she want to be popular. A man called Leo, He and Kevin create Hotseat in the school, and Hotseat is a television program. Leo is friendly and kind.he meets Stargirl in class. He wants to look more things about her, because she is strange and weird. He ask Archie for help, Archie is a man who living in a house with many bones. He knows something about Stergirl before. He tells something about Stargirl to Leo. Leo and Stargirl getting closer and closer. After a few month, Leo and Stargirl is lover now. Leo told Stargirl that she has to change. Leo tell Stargirl how to change, a few day ago she turns to Susan, but something happened she turns back to Stargirl. Last, their all graduate, people talk about stargirl and her things. She will not be forgotten. I think my favourite character is Stargirl, because she will not be affected. She do things what she want. I think Stargirl, Leo, Hillari, Archie, Dori and Susan were the main characters in this book. Hillari wants to be popular, but Stargirl is more popular in school. I think this is Hillari's problem. My favourite part in the story is when Leo and Stargirl were kissing at the street. If I can change something, I will change the end, I will let Stargirl coming back to MAHS and continued her crazy things.
  • Kirkus Reviews, Starred "A magical and heartbreaking tale."
  • The New York Times "Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity."
  • The Detroit News and Free Press "Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed."
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