Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Published by Ember (Random House), 9780593179048, c2000, 2020

Format: Soft cover, 194 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book?  An eye-opening tale about non-conformity and its repercussion within a small high school in Arizona.   Spinelli  does a wonderful job of immersing his readers into the world of Leo, a fourteen year old, who learns about a new student at his school.  New students are not uncommon; however, Stargirl is a free sprit who does not worry about the dictates of social norms.  Readers will be brought back to school and the anxiety of peer pressure as they wonder how Stargirl can ignore this driving force in our society while remaining altruistic toward all despite backlash.  The relationship between Leo and Stargirl is simplistic and pure.  The author’s descriptive style and believable characters will have readers turning pages until the end of the book.  Thought provoking, the title gives readers pause to ask what they would do in the same situation; this is a must read for all ages.  Discussion questions and a brief conversation with the author are a nice addition to the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 4 and up who enjoyed realistic stories about self discovery and conformity would enjoy this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary and high schools as well as public libraries.  

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside at the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: July 26, 2020

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