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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Reprint edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037582233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439444439
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A magical and heartbreaking tale." -- "Kirkus Reviews," Starred
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
A "Publishers Weekly "Choice of the Year' s Best Books

"From the Paperback edition."

"A magical and heartbreaking tale."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
A "Publishers Weekly "Choice of the Year's Best Books

"From the Paperback 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"
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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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By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
"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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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A friend of mine I met through Instagram recommended this book to me and I haven't stopped thanking her! Reading through some reviews I really can't understand why there are 1, 2, even 3 star ratings. This book is so magical. For a short read it does pack a lot of emotion. Stargirl is one for the ages this book has changed me, I aspire to be like Stargirl she is unique and amazing in her own way. My friend told me after I read it "you only have one chance to be the real you, yes its scary and tough and not everyone will accept you but you must be able to live your life freely and happily" Stargirl does just that. I loved Leo too, he was a gem. I am 18 at the moment and I'm so glad I have this book because I can pass it on to my own children if I ever have any. I loved it that much I want to readit again and again.
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I've heard a lot about Stargirl. Like, a lot.

Stargirl tells the story of Susan 'Stargirl' Caraway, a home-schooled free spirit who has just joined the local high school in Mica, Arizona. She immediately draws attention with her eccentric ways. She brings a ukulele into school and sings Happy Birthday to random strangers, she dresses differently and she does little random acts of kindness. Gradually, her kindness and kookiness win over the school, including an introverted boy called Leo, until events occur that end up turning everyone against her.

Stargirl is a touching and thoughtful book, a celebration of individualism and a condemnation of the kind of society that would stifle it. I loved the concept and Jerry Spinelli's cast of characters leap right off the page at you. The sheep-like school students are all recognizable: the cheerleaders, the vacuous himbo, the introverts, the mean girls and Stargirl is plunked among them all like an Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water. The book itself drifts and meanders in a very pleasant way, much like Stargirl herself.

As much as I enjoyed the book, I’ll admit that there were points in the book where I found myself idly wondering what it would be like to plant my hand over Stargirl’s face and give her a good shove backwards. Don't get me wrong: I loved her quirkiness, her innocence and her caring nature, but sometimes she came across as just ridiculously naive. Similarly, I liked Leo, but there were times when I wanted to kick him in the kneecaps for being so bothered about what other people thought.

At the bittersweet end of the story the town does seem to atone for their bullying behaviour and embrace their own individualism somewhat, but the moral does appear to be: if you don't conform, you will be bullied and ostracized until you and your family are forced to leave town.
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