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Stargirl


Stargirl

Age Group: 10 – 12 Years

Title – Stargirl

Author – Jerri Spinelli

Knopf Books

Individuality. Not conforming to your peers. These are traits that children like to be associated with once they come of a certain age. And Stargirl reflects this age. She is eccentric, plays the ukulele, never hesitates to wish anyone a Happy Birthday, wears vivid clothing, and has an optimistic aura. However, on being thrust into a new school environment, this 10th grader’s stunning personality is judged and attacked by her peers, and slowly she feels parts of herself withering away as she fails to maintain her identity. As popularity turns against Stargirl, she’s pushed away for everything that makes her unique. Somewhere in the middle of her struggle, we see a small romance blossom and fail before it even begins, thanks to the cruel nature of popularity. This beautiful story reveals the “Stargirl” in each one of us and is a must read for anybody with a little hope and a lot of heart.