Friday, February 1, 2008

STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli - Read this book

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Read this book. Have your children read this book. I have rarely been as moved by a children's book, as I was by this one.

By Newbery Medal winner, Jerry Spinelli, it is a tale of a self-named high school girl called "Stargirl."

From an Amazon review, "She was homeschooling gone amok."

Stargirl transfers to Mica High School and immediately intrigues her classmates with her eccentric ways. She wears long, flowing dresses, plays a ukulele at lunchtime, and dances without music. She is a free-spirited individual unconcerned with popularity and conformity.

She is at first adored by her classmates, and then shunned. She must ultimately choose popularity or being true to herself. The story is told through a boy, Leo, who is simultaneously intrigued...and annoyed by Stargirl.

Before the phrase "random acts of kindness" entered our collective societal vocabulary, Stargirl embodied the idea. She has a secret office in which she performs secret niceties for the entire community...but you'll have to read the book to find out the rest!

This book will make your heart will want to perform your own acts of kindness. You will want to embrace your individuality and live more fully and more simply.

Recommended for young adults aged 10-14. After reading it myself, I left a "recommended" note on the book for my 8 year old daughter, who read it the same day at school...and LOVED it. Read it first to decide if your younger child is ready for it.

P.S. Thank you to the Borders employee who recommended this book to my daughter when she was purchasing "Flush" by Carl Hiaasen.

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