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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
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Aug 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-books, young-adult

I can completely see why my fifth grade students loved this book. Who doesn't imagine they could be the non-conformist, the self they feel inside, instead of the self they think their classmates need to see them be. That's what Stargirl does, and who she is. The fact that she is also clueless is something I'd love to talk about with my students. The worst example of this, for me, was when she arrived at a funeral for someone she didn't know at all and then went to the house for the after-funeral reception. She is chased from the house by the grieving family and doesn't get it at all. My guess is that Jerry Spinelli saw the limitations of Stargirl's selflessness. There are so many ways though in which her behavior questions our values. I loved reading this, and loved the befuddled narrator, who actually falls in love with Stargirl even though he can't quite sustain it. A great book for talking about identity and culture and peer pressure and longing.
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August 16, 2011 – Started Reading
August 16, 2011 – Shelved
August 20, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: children-s-books
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult

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Michelle I totally agree that this would be a great book to discuss identity, culture, peer pressure and longing. I really feel that a lot of student would be able to relate to it or at lest see themselves in parts of this story.

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