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Stargirl: Stargirl (Black Apple) [Paperback]

Jerry Spinelli
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1 July 2002 Black Apple

She's as magical as the desert sky. As mysterious as her own name. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from. But everyone loves her for being different. And she captures Leo's heart with just one smile. STARGIRL is a classic of our time that celebrates being true to ourselves and the thrill of first love. A life-changing read that touches souls of all ages.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; New edition edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841219266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841219264
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A memorable read, which leaves the reader with a lasting sense of having been touched by someone very special" -- Booktrust Best Books Guide

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Stargirl Caraway arrives at Mica High and everything changes for Leo Borlock. At first everyone likes her non-conformist attitude, but when it starts to wear thin, the students shun her. Not Leo, for he finds that he has fallen in love with her. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and thoughtful book. 10 Aug 2002
By A Customer
"Stargirl", by Jerry Spinelli, is a very touching story about a girl who dared to be different. She had a different kind of name (Stargirl), she wore a different kind of clothes, she brought a ukelele and a pet rat to school, but what really set her apart was that she cared. More than anything, she cared about the people around her.
When she first arrived at Leo's school, everyone was uncomfortable around her. She sang "Happy Birthday" to complete strangers, she wore no make-up and really unusual clothes, she made up her own version of the Pledge of Allegiance... At first no one believed she was real, then slowly people started to accept her, even like her.
However, later in the school year the whole school turned on her. Her only crime was not behaving the same way as everyone else, being herself, being different...
I loved this book because it really got me thinking. As I read it, I considered the people in my own school and thought about how we all strive to be the same, to be accepted. Jerry Spinelli wrote about a girl who did things that were just out of the question, things that were just not done and his message gets through very clearly: Why shouldn't these things be done? Why shouldn't people all be different?
All in all, a brilliant read and a very thought-provoking story. It really effects the reader. If enough people read it maybe it will incite a revolution!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Although this is meant to be a book for teenagers, it is really an extremely enchanting and surprisingly philosophical tale for all ages. It tells a story of a girl who is a willow-the-wisp and charms a town, and especially the local high school, into adopting individualism. This lovely creature drops her change on the floor, because people love to find money, she mysteriously knows of all the personal events in peoples lives (birthdays, marriages, deaths, accidents etc) and delivers tokens of kindness to their doors or serenades them with her ukulele on their birthdays, simply to make them feel happier. This isn't, however, a sickly sweet story of do-gooding but a comment on how we all feel we must conform. It is beautifully written, with prose which often read more like poetry and a gentleness that is rarely observed. I was enchanted by this book and have bought six copies to give to friends, who in turn have bought some for their friends. It may not be a classic but I know you'll know someone who would love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, Enjoyable, Wonderful 22 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This was a wonderful book. I would recommend it to everyone of all ages! Mostly suited to 11+ girls. It tells a fantastic story about someone we all knew sometime in our life and always wanted and didn't want to be brave enough to be. I absolutely love it. Unusual... a nice change. Well worth a read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer
A fantastic poetic book, which really makes you think about what's important. The first time I read it I laughed, the second time I cried, and each time I was moved. If you only buy one book today, make sure it's this one. Seriously.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 21 Dec 2001
I bought this for my 10 year old daughter and thought I better have a quick read first. I couldn't put it down. The book works on many levels so I'm sure it is suitable for ages 10 and up, it certainly has a quality and reality that will appeal to all ages. I found I kept returning to the themes raised time and time again. It also brought back those intense feelings of first love. Recommended highly.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to describe....? 11 Nov 2001
im 16 and admittedly not an adult yet, but pretty much :) and i loved this book. At first i bought it for my little sister but thought i better read it through first. I was amazed. Its so ...different and just so spot on. We all have someone that changes our lives in a way that we cant even start to describe, and the author has captured this perfectly in 'stargirl'. Someone who challenges or perceptions of them and other people. So buy it for ur children and read it yourself. U'll be touched, i promise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, then strumming her ukulele as if all alone?

The boys in school are immediately struck by her quiet, unassuming beauty. The girls are both jealous of her innate naturalness and excited to have her enthusiasm in the school. For Leo Borlock, it's a mixture of fear and excitement that has him falling in love with the mysterious Stargirl--and a desire to see her on the Hot Seat, the in-school television show he runs with his best friend, Kevin.

The kids at school embrace Stargirl--her quirkiness, her individuality, her enthusiasm and exuberance for everything she does. She discovers friends and cheerleading, and she's popular. Popular, that is, until she starts rooting for the opposition, determined to bring joy and happiness to everyone, not just her home team. Suddenly, she's not the popular girl that everyone wants to be around. The same individuality that was once embraced is now snubbed, literally, by almost everyone in school. Except for Leo, who's in love with the enigmatic Stargirl, a girl who whole-heartedly loves him back.

Until Leo is forced to choose between the affections of an entire school full of classmates and the maybe-too-individual Stargirl. When faced with the choice of one person versus many, Leo might not be strong enough to make the right decision.
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2.0 out of 5 stars :(
Arrived on time and stuff, but the book is so bad, badly written, the characters were boring, even star girl who I feel the author tried to hard to make her as odd as possible... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aminah Mahmood
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Inspiring and a motivational read In this day and age. Such a lovely book to read. We could learn a lot from Stargirl.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Lorraine Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Right until the end Stargirl remained a mystery. I feel we never really knew who she was but the author kept us hanging in there in the hope we would see her for who she was -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
The book came in very good quality. Really liked it. Delivery was incredibly quick. It came as a letter, so I didn't have to go to post office even to get it.
Published 3 months ago by Tereze
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but still prefer Love, Stargirl
Seven years ago I bought Love, Stargirl not realizing that it was in fact a sequel. I was so in love with Love, Stargirl that I decided to buy Stargirl and while it was an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nautical
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I love this book. The imagination, life and fun that makes this book just makes me relate and think deeper when it comes to the world and how we view it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite boring
I bought this book because someone recommended it to me, but i was really disappointed. The idea is not bad but I could hardly finish the book, it just seemed to get more boring by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by suso
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
For teenagers this book is an interesting tale about high school life, being popular, and a good intense romance story in the same time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tracy B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Magical story of a young girl in high school refusing to conform and living life the way she thinks it should be done. Read more
Published 13 months ago by F Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars So touching and true
This is a really sweet little book, deceptively simple but actually touching on the biggest issue of all - who are we really? Read more
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