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Spinelli, Jerry.
New York : Knopf, 2007
IL 5-8, RL 4.1
ISBN 0375813756

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Stargirl has left Arizona and is trying to find herself again in Pennsylvania.  But she can't stop thinking about Leo.  And how she got lost in Arizona.  She is back to being Stargirl.  She's left Susan behind.  She's back to home schooling.  She won't take a chance on the school.  And she is trying hard to find joy again.  If you know Stargirl, you know that she has found some unusual friends but Leo still haunts her thoughts, Read her letter to him as she tells him about her adjustment and coming to terms with her feelings.

Booktalk #2

Love, Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli, is a  story that takes us through Stargirl's new life in Pennsylvania, and away from her old life in Arizona, including her love, Leo. She describes each day through a journal entry, as if writing to Leo. She tells about every day adventures she experiences, like Dootsie, her five year-old new best friend, Betty Lou, who is afraid to leave house, and Charlie, who can barely hear and sits by his wife's grave every day. Each day Stargirl asks Leo the same question she wonders, sending it to him telepathically, as if he'll one day get it and answer for her, but will her love last for him when she meets Perry, the mysterious boy with no home and a group of Honey Bees? Only time will tell… (Alexis D., student)

SUBJECTS:     Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction.
                        Home schooling -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Fiction.
                        Letters -- Fiction.
                        Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.

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