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A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.

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.

Don’t miss the sequel, Love, Stargirl, and Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out.

“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times

From the Hardcover edition.
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published on May 11, 2004 by Laurel Leaf
ISBN-10: 0440416779
ISBN-13: 9780440416777
145 Book Reviews
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  • ElJaySunday, September 15, 2019 at 9:50 am
    Stargirl is now one of my favorite books.It can relate to so many kids.It can give kids more confidence to stand out and really be themselves.Leo, the introvert built up so much confidence throughout the story when he became friends with Stargirl. This book is the best.
    • aly_spoon675
      aly_spoon675Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm55 stars
      Many people will say a book will change your life. This one really will! I have never read such an incredible book before. An odd girl moves to a town with the name of Stargirl. She is different from all the other girls and many people don't like this about her. She eventually learns to just be herself without worrying about others. This is a truly incredible book of her journey that I think many people can relate to, many kids can feel odd and different, but this book encourages and inspires many to be their selves. It is unlike any book I have read before and I encourage everyone to read it!
      • lightninggirl
        lightninggirlTuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:14 am55 stars
        I read this in seventh grade for a class assignment. Following this, I read Love Stargirl, and was upset with the ending. It was a fantastic book don't get me wrong, but the ending left me wanting more.
        • dolphinsummer
          dolphinsummerThursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm55 stars
          So interesting
          • freckleface04
            freckleface04Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:52 am
            i thot this book was sad i need to read the third to judge this series it was pretty good but it was also sad
            • AnonymousMonday, August 13, 2018 at 9:11 am
              Good message but not very entertaining
              • hollenisnotreal
                hollenisnotrealWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm55 stars
                BEST BOOK EVER
                • demonheart
                  demonheartFriday, January 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm11 star
                  It wasn't that it was just a bad book,they were going into the right direction. It's just that they messed up with something that I can't explain,but it made the rest of the book fall apart.
                  • funinthesun1
                    funinthesun1Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:20 am55 stars
                    It is amazing so far I love it. you should read it.
                    • OliverSaturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:45 am
                      It was a good book, has a strong message. I read it back in second grade but I don't think it is for anyone over grade 4 or 5.