I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
-- Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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7 stars


AR: 4.2
Lexile: 590
RC: 6.1
by Jerry Spinelli
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

The students of Mica High School love the unusual new student with the ukelele. At first. Then they turn on her like a pack of, well, high-school students, actually. When she first gets to school, the girl who calls herself Stargirl dresses in costume dresses, celebrates each student's birthday with a song played on her ukelele, and decorates her desk with a tablecloth and a flower in a vase. During a football game, Stargirl runs out to the middle of the field and puts on a show that they will be talking about for years to come! And all of this is noticed, and appreciated, by Leo, the narrator. Pretty soon, he's walking on clouds. Stargirl opens his eyes to hidden beauty in the world, and everyone thinks it's pretty cool that he's her boyfriend. But when Stargirl joins the cheerleading squad and cheers for the other teams, her popularity plummets. Leo becomes desperate because for once in his life he was popular and noticed and now it's going down the tubes. What will he do? What will he ask Stargirl to do?

I liked this book but not as much as I had hoped to. I love this author, and I really did like the way it was written, but I didn't get sucked in as much as I had hoped. However, as I write this review (one week after I finished reading the book), I am feeling ... something. It might be nostalgia. I feel like maybe I should read it again. I suspect that it will be like some of my favorite movies; I didn't think they were "all that" when I first saw them, but the more I watch them, the more I like them. This might be that kind of book. At any rate, I would recommend it to boys and girlz who have ever felt like they didn't fit in. I think you will find at least one character here to whom you can relate.

(Last modified:09/01/2007)


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