www.whyville.net Apr 25, 2003 Weekly Issue

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Kirbie here. I just finished my new all time favorite book, Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli.

This is an inspiring book. That's the only word to sum it up. It inspires you to be yourself, to be different. It is written from Leo Borlock's point of view, yet he's not the main character. The main character is Stargirl.

Stargirl was home-schooled until the 10th grade. In 10th grade, she attended Mica Area High School, a boring, ordinary school. When she first arrives, the halls echo with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." Her creativity, her friendliness, her originality, her ability to spark school-spirit with one pump of her fist, her dazzling smile captures Leo's heart, and enchants every person in school. At first.

Then they turn on her. They shun her and give her the silent treatment. Stargirl seems to not care, but Leo, stricken with love, urges her to become the very thing that threatens to destroy her: normal. He succeeds. Stargirl becomes Susan, her parent-given name. She no longer wears long, flowing skirts, no longer brings her pet rat or her ukulele to school. She no longer dances in the rain. She no longer twirls in the halls to her own music, or does good deeds out of kindness of the heart. She becomes a shopaholic, a preppy, pretty, makeup and jewelry wearing girl. Leo is happy. But Stargirl isn't.

This is an enchanting book. 186 pages, but seems more like 20. It goes by fast, almost too fast. You don't want to put it down. I'd recommend it for ages 12 and older, because anyone younger may not understand. It's not some sappy teenage love story. I encourage you to check it out from your local library.

Kirbie, over and out.


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