Must Read Monday: Stargirl

If you have a daughter she needs to read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. If you have a son he might protest reading it, but he needs to read it too. I read it aloud to my son when he was 9 months old so he didn’t fight it too much. This story spans the ages. It makes you soul-search and re-evaluate your life. Who are you trying to please? Whose acceptance are you trying to win? This book is meant for kids, but I loved it.

Amazon Book description: 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.

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