A Celebration Of Nonconformity A Tense, Emotional Tale About The Fleeting, Cruel Nature Of Popularity And The Thrill And Inspiration Of First Love AgesLeo Borlock Follows The Unspoken Rule At Mica Area High School Don T Stand Out Under Any Circumstances Then Stargirl Arrives At Mica High And Everything Changes For Leo And For The Entire School AfterYears Of Home Schooling, Stargirl Bursts Into Tenth Grade In An Explosion Of Color And A Clatter Of Ukulele Music, Enchanting The Mica Student BodyBut The Delicate Scales Of Popularity Suddenly Shift, And Stargirl Is Shunned For Everything That Makes Her Different Somewhere In The Midst Of Stargirl S Arrival And Rise And Fall, Normal Leo Borlock Has Tumbled Into Love With HerIn A Celebration Of Nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli Weaves A Tense, Emotional Tale About The Fleeting, Cruel Nature Of Popularity And The Thrill And Inspiration Of First Love Stargirl Stargirl, 1 , Jerry Spinelli Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2000 The word begins with a brief introduction to Leo at the age of twelve, and chronicles his move from his home state of Pennsylvania to Arizona Before the move, his Uncle Pete gives Leo a porcupine necktie as a farewell present, inspiring him to collectlike it After his collection is mentioned in a local newspaper, Leo receives a second porcupine necktie for his birthday, left anonymously by Stargirl The story picks up four years later with the arrival of Stargirl Caraway Leo learns that up until this point, she has been home schooled, but even that doesn t seem to excuse her strange behavior for example, she comes to school in strange outfits kimonos, buckskin, 1920s flapper clothes, and pioneer clothes She is so different that at first the student body does not know what to make of her Hillari Kimble, the most popular girl at Leo s school, declares that Stargirl is a fake, and speculation and rumors abound One of Stargirl s quirks is singing happy birthday to students when it is their birthday, bringing her ukulele to school to do so When Hillari orders Stargirl not to sing to her on her birthday, Stargirl sings Hillari s name but directs the song to Leo and mentions in front of everyone that she thinks he is cute Though at first rejected by most of the students, Stargirl gains a measure of popularity by joining the cheerleading squad Students mimic her behavior, and at lunch she no longer sits alone Her antics on the squad spark a boom in audience attendance at sporting events 2016 1386 240 1390 233 9789642980055 233 20 Very sweet I had this book lying around and picked it up to give myself a break from the Holocaust Monster I ve been chipping away at for the past month, and it definitely did the trick The kids seem a little innocentlike elementary school than high school but dammit why CAN T there be beautiful and magical teenagers who hold hands at the movies and give their friends cupcakes and valentines Why do they have to do drugs and have sex and be JERKS all the time Nothing sfun than being carried awayStargirl is the happiest, bravest, most carefree, most non conformist girl you will ever meet She is everything every school girl wishes she could be but will never dare to be She does the last thing someone who wants to fit in will ever do She smiles at everyone She dances in the rain She wears the strangest outfit and wears no makeup Not anything like that I m exaggerating Lol She sings every celebrant a happy birthday with her ukulele With a personality like hers, how do you think will she survive high school or better yet, life Or an even better question is, how will anyone who has known her will survive with or without her Read the book to find out What I like most about this book is the simplicity and sincerity of the story including the narrative method as the story is told by Leo the adult version who had a firsthand experience of Stargirl s free spirited nature when they were teenagers The tone of the narrative voice is a blend of both happiness and sadness because the narrator, despite his feelings for Stargirl, was too affected by what other people thought of him and opted to go for majority But even though he lost that one girl he will never forget, she has carved a permanent mark in the man s heartWho are you if you lose your favorite person Can you lose your favorite person without losing yourselfI like how the story eased its way through the end without having to go through dramatic complications and yet still managing to achieve completeness in its theme and plot It is a non imposing moralistic story and a very uplifting short read that I m sure will find a way to spark that starlight in every reader s heartRecommended to middle schoolers, teenagers, children, readers who feel young at heart, adults and oh well, everyone For some weird reason I couldn t put this book down You should read it It grabbed my attention and I am a very picky reader Stargirl is an amazing book about individuality and nonconformism A home schooled girl named Stargirl begins attending the public high school for her sopho year Stargirl is different.She learns everybody s birthdays and on the day of, she sings them a happy birthday song accompanying herself on the ukulele in the middle of the lunch room, whether they want her to or not She watches a young boy who lives across the street so that she can create a scrapbook for him without his knowledge She is, in almost every way, unconventional.The voice of the book is a young man who becomes fascinated by Stargirl and befriends her, even though many of her antics make her an outcast, otherwise Through a series of events, she becomes wildly popular, then widely despised For this boy, she experiments with being conventional for awhile.The book is fascinating It explores a lot of issues centered around social conventions and how they play in our lives for good or ill And they take place at a stage of life when kids are most susceptible to peer pressure Jerry Spinelli s insights are thought provoking and engaging In the end, the book makes you want to be a better person, perhaps in ways that aren t quite normal It reminds me of a talk given by Dallin H Oaks, in which he said, This requires us to make some changes from our family culture, our ethnic culture, or our national culture We must change all elements of our behavior that are in conflict with gospel commandments, covenants, and culture The genius of it is that the book does this without being particularly preachy.In its philosophy, and to a lesser extent in its style, the book has strong similarities to Bridge to Terabithia. if this book was a person i would kill them i would kill them in front of there mother and make them swallow there own heart it showed a sad message that HAS BENN PLAYED OUT OVER AND OVER again if you were locked in a box and told not to look at sun light for 12 years this book might be refreashing if not then dont bother simply it was so crappy here is the WHOLE STORY i ll save you time well she is differnt meets kids and then marginalized and then surprisingly becomes not differnt here i saved you 186 pages of pure crap going in to your brain your welcome. it was refreshing to read about stargirl s genuine kindness and individuality i liked it we want to dance to the music in our own heads, but we don t because of the looks, whispers and stares we d get stargirl is the person we all want to be, while leo reminds us of the person most of us are.i hope one day to be as brave as stargirl I read this in middle school as required reading and absolutely LOVED it, but coming back to it years later, I couldn t help but notice some of its flaws I got very attached to the story despite it being less than 200 pages and I do love the moral that Spinelli is trying to get across, but I was not a big fan of the characters Although, with a book this short, exaggerated characters are pretty much a necessity I recommend this book to everyone, though, especially middle schoolers who feel the need to conform. I feel conflicted about this book I liked the message it had about nonconformity and kindness and being yourself and selflessness, but I didn t like Stargirl I don t know if it s allowed to say I didn t like her, but I didn t I respect her and admire her, but there s such a thing as being too thoughtful and kind as in, disregarding someone s feelings which really makes it thoughtless and not nice at all Like, the idea of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch It s a nice idea, but what about people who are painfully shy, or even just regularly shy I don t think the author s right that we all like some validation and attention I think if I d been faced with someone serenading me in the lunchroom in high school I would have either skipped school or skipped lunch, because I would have been beyond mortified It would have made me sick I hate attention But she would have done it anyway That s what I mean, and I guess that s what bothered me the most about her I think the goal to be outward oriented, as in looking beyond ourselves, is very good and something we should all strive for, but I didn t like that she didn t take into consideration people s feelings There are lots of ways to make people feel validated and special or to feel that their sorrow is shared, their successes are celebrated, etc less flashy ways, but they didn t seem to be a default for her Also, she was too good, too careless of people s opinions, too saint like, too selfless I guess to me she felt too perfect, not real She never felt like she could be a real person, someone I could actually meet one day Too larger than life Anyway I guess I ve got to give the book props for making me react so strongly I certainly didn t come away from it feeling eh.
When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer instead.He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 not much older th
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