Stargirl
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Author: Jerry Spinelli

Subject: Stargirl, an unconventional teenager in a conformist high school.

Setting: The fictional small town of Mica, Arizona.

Description:
Stargirl, an unconventional, home-schooled teenager becomes a phenomenon at a quiet, conservative Arizona high school. Leo, a fellow student, falls in love with her. She is recruited by admiring students as a cheerleader. But her popularity does not last and, ultimately, she is rejected by the conformist students for being too different. Leo begs her to become like the other girls, but then she wouldn't be Stargirl.

Lexile Measure: 590
Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Gender of Main Character: Boy / Girl

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Stargirl does things without thinking or caring what others think of her. For example, she frequently sings in the lunchroom. Write a paragraph about one thing that you do despite what others think about it.

The students at Mica High School have never known anyone like Stargirl. "Different" barely begins to describe her. The character in Jerry Spinelli's novel "Stargirl" who calls herself by that name ultimately experiences hurt and disappointment. Nevertheless, many people will look at Stargirl and think it is better to be different--and true to yourself--than try to be like everyone else. Write a multi-paragraph essay that shows why it is better for Stargirl to be true to herself--and different--than try to be like everyone else. You must write a thesis statement that expresses this opinion, a body of two or three paragraphs to support your statement, and a concluding paragraph that sums up this point of view.


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