StargirlBy: Jerry Spinelli Aimee Guay Reading-Roche Period 3Thurs, May 11, 2012
BiographyJerry Spinelli was born on February 1st, 1941 in Norristown,Pennsylvania. He has written Stargirl, Crash, Knots in My Yo-yoString, and many others. I enjoy his books very much. Jerry became a writer at age 16, after he wrote a poem thatgot published in the newspaper. He first wanted to write adultbooks, but later chose to write for kids, when his grownup bookswere rejected by publishers. His first published children’s bookwas Space Station Seventh Grade. Again, he wanted it to be anovel for adults, but since the main character was 13, it waspublished as a kids’ book. Spinelli wrote many other books also,all of which for kids. The book Stargirl was even made into amovie in 2009. Jerry was an amazing man. He served in the Navy, married,and had six kids. He is an interesting and talented person.
SummaryInthe book Stargirl , an unusual new girl shows up at school. Shewears long flowing skirts and overalls. She is very different and callsherself Stargirl. At first, no one wants anything to do with theinteresting teen, then people start to like her. They admire hersinging and ukulele playing. They start to do what she does, but thensomething happens that makes them change their mind. Shebecomes a cheerleader for basketball, but she cheers for bothteams, so when Mica High (her school) looses an important game,they blame her. They start shunning her and Leo ( the maincharacter/Stargirl’s boyfriend). This goes on for quite a while. Leowonders if it will ever stop. What do you think happens next? Do youthink the shunning will stop? Will something change to make thestory a little bit different? Read Stargirl to find out!
Characters Main Characters Leo- the main character and narrator of the book. He is a Junior at Mica High inArizona, and is a pretty normal kid. He is kind of Stargirl’s boyfriend The bookdoesn’t really give a description, but if I had to guess I would say he is aboutnormal height and weight. Stargirl- the out-of-the-ordinary new girl. She is a Sophomore. She has sandycolored hair and freckles. She wears long skirts and other unusual clothes. She is agenerous person. Her real name is Susan but she likes to make up her own names. Hillari- the popular mean girl. She is a Junior. She is very against Stargirl and isconvinced that she is “fake” and that this unusual, spunky personality cannot bereal. Supporting Characters Kevin- Leo’s best friend. He is a Junior also. He is an average teen with a greatsense of humor. He likes to fool around a lot. Archie- a friend of the teens. He is a scientist and like to teach them new facts.He also likes to teach them important lessons about life and friendship. He is anold man with an interesting personality. Dori- one of Stargirl’s only friends during the shunning. She is always byStargirl’s side, helping her out. Stargirl’s parents- a very normal couple. They are supporting of Stargirl and herdifferent ways of life. They are kind and loving. They are good parents to Stargirl.
Breakdown of Plot Introduction: Stargirl comes to Mica High School in Arizona. People do not know what to make of her. Stargirl sings to people on their birthdays. Stargirl meets Leo. Rising Action: Stargirl becomes a cheerleader. Stargirl speaks in a contest and wins. Stargirl roots for both teams as a cheerleader. Stargirl and Leo become closer to each other. Stargirl changes to try to become more popular Climax: Everyone except Dori shuns Leo and Stargirl.Falling Action: Stargirl goes to an oral speaking contest and wins. The school has a dance for all the students. Things start to change a little. Conclusion: Some people start to accept Stargirl again. Leo finds out about all of Stargirl’s little secrets like how she knows it is someone’s birthday and more.
New Vocabulary Titters-n. nervous laughs; Accustomed to seeing stiff, mortifiedcontestants, the audience responded with nervous titters. Pg.119 Blithely- adv. of a happy lighthearted character; She went straight tothe food line, smiling blithely. Pg.25 Impromptu- adj. made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of amoment; Then, impromptu, he reached out and stroked the nose ofCinnamon, who was perched on Stargirl’s shoulder. Pg.47 Raucous- adj. boisterously disorderly and loud; Our once-raucousfans were stunned into silence, and that’s when it happened. Pg.55 Mesquite- n. any of several spiny trees or shrubs; Hair blew in afaint, smoky smell of mesquite. Pg.116
Movie CharactersLeo played by Zac Efron. Stargirl played by Lindsey Lohan. Hillari played by Hayden Panettiere
Movie Actors Continued Archie played by Gene HackmanKevin played by Channing Tatum Dori played by Vanessa HudgensStargirl’s parents played by Diane Lane and Daniel Craig
Soundtrack TunesI chose this song for the part of the book where Stargirl takes Leo to herenchanted place in the desert. She tells Leo to “erase himself” and startover. That is why I chose this song for this book. “A Horse With No Name” On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound Ive been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name Cause there aint no one for to give you no pain La, la ... After two days in the desert sun My skin began to turn red After three days in the desert fun I was looking at a river bed And the story it told of a river that flowed Made me sad to think it was dead You see Ive been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name Cause there aint no one for to give you no pain La, la ... Etc.
Final RatingMy final rating forStargirl would probably be a 4 1/2 outof 5 stars. I gave it this because I really enjoyed most ofthe book, butsome parts were a little slow. I liked howwell they described the personalities and I thought thebook was really interesting, and it also shows you it isokay to be different.
Other Recommendations Other Books By Jerry Spinelli: Crash Other Books Like This: A Mango Shaped Space Rules Out Of My Mind