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.
“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
From the Hardcover edition.
“A magical and heartbreaking tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity." -- The New York Times
"Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, [Stargirl] possesses many of the mythical qualities of Maniac Magee." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed." -- The Detroit News and Free Press
"Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonder tribute to nonconformity." -- Chicago Tribune
From the Paperback edition.
WINNER 2003 - Arizona Young Readers Award
WINNER 2001 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 2001 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
NOMINEE 2003 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 2003 - Iowa Teen Book Award
WINNER 2002 - Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 2001 - Maine Student Book Master List
NOMINEE 2002 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
FINALIST 2003 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2001 - Book Sense Book of the Year
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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