Stargirl

By: Jerry Spinelli

Is weird wrong? or is it right. Let your true friends decide.

About the Author- Sydney Link

Jerry Spinelli is a children’s book author and illustrator. Spinelli lives in Phoenixville, PA with his wife and six kids. Jerry is interested in sports, exercise, and obviously writing. Mr. Spinelli went to three different colleges, Gettysburg College, Johns Hopkins University, and Temple University, for his degree. Jerry has won four awards so far in his career. He won the Newbery Award, Fisher’s Best Children’s Book, The Golden Kite, and a Zarrow medal. In his career, so far, he has published 31 books, including one about his wife. I am sure that he will publish more books to come.

Book Review- Kayden Mayotte

Stargirl was a good book, but there is not a lot of action or exciting parts happening. Once you get to the end it gets more exciting, for example, Leo, Stargirls boyfriend starts to ignore her and not talk to her. They were just talking about what I think it is a good book for kids to read because it shows that it is fine to be different than all the other kids. Also do not let it bother you what other people think of you. I also think the author did a good job my pointing out the main idea of the book, and like I said the main point was to show that is is okay to be different than the others.

4 Stars- I gave it four stars because I thought is was a very good book, I thought it was a good book because those situations in Stargirl happen in real life. The only exciting part was toward the ending. No one wants to read a boring book. There were good things about it, like when Stargirl started to act like all the other girls and dress differently, or when Leo started to ignore her.

Review one- “As a middle school teacher, I am always on the lookout for the perfect read-aloud book. When I found this book, I completed it the very next day, it is that appealing. It is a book with everything: humor, wonderful writing (useful as a model when teaching trait writing), and excellent role models. There is a little bit of a Stargirl in every middle schooler, if only they had the courage to express it! This book is unlike any I have ever read: way to go, Jerry Spinelli!! Stargirl will be the hero of every student in my class. We are going to select new names for ourselves, one that reflects our talents and inspirations. Read this book to your students and see the lights in their eyes as they listen.” -Amazon

Review two- “I could only wish I was as brave and as overwhelmingly generous as the magical girl the book is named after. Told from the perspective of sixteen year old Leo, who falls under her charms like the rest of Mica High School, it is a wistful, heartfelt, and bittersweet narrative that ultimately packs a gentle but firm emotional punch.

This book should be required reading for adults young and old for it's ringing endorsement of individualism.It reminds us that like Stargirl it's okay to be different, that sameness is boring, and that we should all, as Will Shakespeare once said,"To thine own self be true."

At just under two hundred pages it can almost be tackled in one sitting. A perfect gift for someone who may not feel that they totally belong, or that their being different is a bad thing, or simply to be gently reminded that acceptance starts from within.”- Amazon

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Vocab and Figurative Language- Kate Rasmussen


Elusive-Hard to express or define.

On Stargirl’s first day, all the students of Mica High thought that she was elusive.


Dumbstruck-Surprised or confused

Stargirl looked up dumbstruck as Leo finished talking.


Acclamation- A loud shout or other demonstration of welcome, goodwill, or approval.

As Stargirl exited the car at Mica High, there was no acclamation from classmates just some teachers and Dori Dilson.


Mischievously- Maliciously or playfully annoying.

Stargirl gave Leo a mischievous grin as she walked away.



Figurative Language

Onomatopoeia- Stargirl’s ukulele strummed loud and proud as she sang Happy Birthday.

Simile- Cinnamon, Stargirl’s pet rat, is as smart and kind as Stargirl herself.

Hyperbole- Stargirl was so beautiful the students at Mica High thought she wasn't real.

Metaphor- Stargirls hair was the color of the desert sand.

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