July 7, 2011

Kid Review: Stargirl

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Stargirl Kid Reporter's summer reads include Jerry Spinelli's classic, Stargirl.

"She was elusive. She was today. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the fitting 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."

She was Stargirl.

For a day, I was tangled in the pages of Stargirl, a book written by Jerry Spinelli. I sat on my bed and couldn't stop reading. Spinelli doesn't drag you from chapter to chapter — he has you running to catch up.

Stargirl is a book about a girl who's different from anyone else. In the book, Stargirl has been home-schooled all her life. At her new school, everyone is the same and only cares about their own business.

The other kids are shocked when Stargirl sings "Happy Birthday" in the cafeteria with her ukulele to people she doesn't know, leaves packages and gifts on doorsteps with no card, and cheers for both teams at sporting events. They don't know what to make of someone so different, and as the story unfolds Stargirl has to make a decision about just how important being "accepted" really is.

She was different all right, and I would recommend Stargirl to anyone because the book is different, too. It didn't have any adventure or big action scenes, but I still couldn't put the book down. The writing is radiant, and the characters seem so real.

Everyone is different, and everyone has a Stargirl inside of them. Reading this book, the Stargirl that's in you will come out.

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 — Chloe Jones, Scholastic News Kids Press Reporter

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  1. summereader

    I got this book for free at my school and i loved loved loved it!!! I thought that it was pretty sad at the end though, I don’t think I’ll ever meet a ‘stargirl’ in real life though :( Stargirl ROCKS!

  2. Shadow Cat

    May I please say, I really like this book! It changed me a little. May I please say, I would suggest that anyone can/ should read this wonderful book. ^-^

  3. Hriju

    i read this book last year. It’s an amazing book. Even the sequel is awesome. I couldn’t stop after I started reading the book.

  4. delightedathena1

    I love this book. Stargirl is so unique and does not care about what others think about her. One of my favorite books!

  5. autumnapplebelly

    This was a good book, but I hated the ending. It had no closure, and I wanted to find out what happened next.

  6. craters2

    I absolutley love that book! I read it last year and it changedmy whole life. I learned that ishould be respectful!