Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Stargirl By Jerry Spinelli Book review

Stargirl (Readers Circle)Name of book: Stargirl



Age group:8-12

Number of Pages:186

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the
hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She...more Stargirl. From the day she
arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur
of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a
school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

        Stargirl was uniquely different. Special. Unique. And I have to say, in the beggining of this book, I was just like "Who is Stargirl, and why is she so important?" Stargirl is the nicest character I've probably ever read about. So kind that she'd make things for her classmates on holidays that weren't so important, like Valentine's Day and Halloween, Sing songs on her ukelele on their birthday. Ever met someone as nice as that?
        So kind and sweet, that she even cut her own hair and laid it out for the birds to make nests with. She even dropped all of her change on the sidewalks just because she knew it would make little children happy to even see a penny. She even started making this kid's biography! 
         I've always loved Jerry Spinelli's form of writing, and what type of topics he writes, and every book I've read that he has written has been amazing, and I expected no less from Stargirl. And you know what? I wasn't dissapointed. Of course this book is like a normal teenagers life-but it's different at the same time. Did you ever see anyone do such kind things like Stargirl? Did you?

          No. I don't think so, and I didn't think so. Jerry Spinelli's character was so kind and giving, and I loved her. She would have been any girls best friend-as long as people gave her a chance and understood her as everyone else did. This book was amazing, and it deserves a place in my favorite books of 2010 category.

          The cover of Stargirl confused me-alot. I didn;'t understand how there couldn't be a title, and their was only a picture of this girl with a star above her head. I was given this book for free at my local library, and I was given a choice of which book I would like. I chose stargirl becuse so many of my friends had already said that it was actally pretty good that I wanted to find that out for myself. The only problem I had with this book, though, is it's incomplete ending. I'm glad there's a sequel! And in fact, it was a great book, and I really want to read Love, Stargirl next!

Characters-(5 stars)
Setting/Description/plot-cat (5 stars)
Cover-cat (5 stars)
Ending-hamster (3 stars)
Suspense-dog (4 stars)

22 Stars=good!

<3 Beth


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