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Stargirl
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Crimson613
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Here is the book I just started, it's short so I'm hoping to finish it soon. It was the only book on my shelf with star in the title 🤣🤣 and it reminds me of a past coworker who loved it because she was also homeschooled 😁 #reread but feels like my first time

#contemporary #middlegrade #MagicalReadathon2019 #OWLsReadathon2019

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sammisho
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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Addi made a library trip today and her summer reading list is set! She made some good choices!
#raisingreaders

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sberley
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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just opened a litsy account so that I can better track my reading challengers and join communities of other readers now that I‘ve graduated from university! saw this challenge on my timeline and I was absolutely taken. really got me thinking! quite a few throwbacks included, but all in all it got me excited to be here!

RealLifeReading Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 2mo
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Eggs
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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Love to see you shine in the night like the diamond you are🎶

The new girl at school is luminescent, like s star 🌟

#better #amonthofsong. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

RadicalReader I loved reading this book in middle school 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read this and it‘s now stacked! 4mo
Eggs There is a sequel also. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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emiliasbookstore
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This book was wonderful. Reading it I felt so nostalgic because it had a message almost all of us could relate to. The struggle of fitting in and being included in the “popular” group is a very real one and I think it was portrayed beautifully in this book. #stargirl #realisticfiction

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hermyknee
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You couldn‘t even know that the art print you picked out for me on society6 is one of my all time favorite pieces ☺️ It is absolutely gorgeous 🖤 In unrelated news, I‘ve had to ban myself from society6 🤣
#SFFS 2/4 #ScienceFictionFantasySwap

Chrissyreadit Yay!!! So happy! 4mo
Chrissyreadit I may have a small society 6 problem. I blame @Gissy 4mo
Gissy I'm so happy that you liked it! I can understand about Society6. What I do is to wait until they have like 30% off plus free shipping. But I have a problem too and that is when I buy my gifts for litsy match I want all the items for me too. Then, my adult conscious rational mind materialize and I realize that I can't have all😔☺️But it is hard. What I just picked for my SFFS match it was hard for me not to buy same things double😱 4mo
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Avanders 😍😍so pretty 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I totally jumped on the 30% and free shipping too! Now they have minis in print size. I may end up with a gallery in my library (I mean house...) (edited) 4mo
Heideschrampf This IS beautiful. What is the artist's name? 4mo
tammysue Ooh I love this. 😍 4mo
Gissy @Chrissyreadit How many art prints you have that is keeping you in a Society9 ban? That company is sooo addictive! What about the tote bags?😱 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I actually have only a blanket for myself and the tote and print from you- I buy for everyone else. But I have about 20 in my wishlist and my daughter has several she wants. I will most likely treat us for our birthdays this Summer. My daughter totally wants the same one I picked for @hermyknee 😁 4mo
Gissy Yeah, we definitely are Society6coholic ☺️😂 4mo
Gissy @Chrissyreadit when is your birthday? 4mo
wanderinglynn That‘s exactly why I don‘t visit Society6 anymore—too much temptation from all the neat things! But I may have to make an exception today because that print is simply lovely. 💜 4mo
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn yes- it really is! It was so perfect for @hermyknee ‘s theme too! 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I‘m August 21- my mom is Aug 17 my daughter is July 18 - I consider Summer to be one long celebration. But I often forget how old I will be and have to count from my birth year.....When is your bday? 4mo
Gissy @Chrissyreadit Wow! Long and busy summer! Mine is on witchy time, October 9th☺️ I also don't remember how many😳😂 4mo
hermyknee @Heideschrampf I‘m not sure, I‘ll have to look it up. @Chrissyreadit do you know the artist‘s name? 4mo
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Eggs
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📕 tagged
📙 love, star girl
📗 the beginning of everything
#readingcheckin @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Oh my thank you for the tag sweetheart! 😘😘😘 4mo
BiblioLitten 1. Erotic stories for Punjabi Widows 2. Dad is Fat 3. Ladder to the Sky 4mo
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KristenDuck
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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Mehso-so

I really, really wanted to like this book more.

Five stars for the message = it is okay to be different!! Stargirl is unlike any other teenager this school has encountered - singing happy birthday to strangers, playing the ukulele, and not caring what anyone thinks.

However, the writing seemed very immature even for Young Adult, and I simply wish some parts had more details and a chance to develop further.

But overall, not a bad book.

TheBogwitch I loved Stargirl when I read it. I had a teen daughter at the time. I think that made a huge difference, because I read the sequel, Love, Stargirl and couldn‘t get through it. Just not my vag anymore. 6mo
TheBogwitch Recently. Read Love, Stargirl RECENTLY. D‘oh. 6mo
KristenDuck @TheBogwitch I‘m sure this story would definitely make an impression on a teenager. Just not my favorite. 6mo
TheBogwitch Hahaha! Bag! Not my BAG anymore! Why doesn‘t autocorrect work when you need it to? 6mo
readinginthedark I know what you mean--I think her books are really meant more for pre-teens. I remember enjoying this in middle school but probably wouldn't read it again now. 6mo
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Krisjericho
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Basically a take on the whole "manic pixie dream girl" trope, but it is done well. It is a trope that I struggle with in theory, and thoroughly enjoy in reality. It feels reductionist to say Stargirl is only that, the quirky, eccentric romantic interest. Continued in comments.

Krisjericho But when you see the stock character defined, via the ever-useful, if fallible Wikipedia, as a girl who "exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures", you have to admit that it's a little on the nose. 7mo
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CrypticCherry
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli

I read this when I was in elementary and remember quite liking it. I wonder if I'll still like it now?

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erzascarletbookgasm
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About a former home-schooled girl who attended a high school. With her zealous and free-spirited attitude, she was initially a welcome, but she soon became threatening to the regular ways of her fellow schoolmates, and was shunned.

#seasonsreadings #shiningstar

Cathythoughts I‘m loving the cover design 💙 8mo
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ahoffkosik
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Stargirl was one of my faves growing up, and in Episode 26 of my podcast, journalist Britta Lokting joins me to help me figure out if I can still love it and also find it problematic at the same time. We also discuss high school stereotypes, conformity, popularity, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, the MeToo movement, and my hilarious history as part of my high school‘s morning news show. click the link in my bio to listen! 🎧

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Fun and simple YA read that was really good to listen to on audio 😊

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Cadyly
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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October 2018 Book Haul now up on YouTube! https://youtu.be/OJSPl9AT7xw

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Annl
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Tuesday is not happy with this book, but I was. It just crossed paths with me and I am so glad I picked it up. I am not generally a reader of YA but the take away, that a simple act on your part can make someone‘s day, like leaving loose change for people to find, made me feel so much joy. I plan to start doing that today, dropping a quarter when I take my dog for a walk. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love do-good-feel-good books like this! 10mo
Mdargusch I really enjoyed this one too! 10mo
Annl @Mdargusch Did you read Love Star Girl? I wondered if it was any good? 10mo
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KristinaRay
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#ya

I just finished a #reread of this wonderful book! It wasn‘t as life altering the second time around, obviously, but still such a great read. I relate to Stargirl on so many levels. I 💙 her!

RadicalReader @KristinaRay I read this book in high school and ABSOLUTELY Adored it!! Love doing rereads of favorite novels going to be taking a stroll down memory lane with: Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, Joey Pigza Loses Control, I‘m not Joey and The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza all by the terrifically talented Jack Gantos 11mo
KristinaRay @RadicalReader I have not read those, but by the titles they sound fun. (edited) 11mo
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Jennick2004
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Stargirl is different than everyone else. She is smart, whimsical, kindhearted, musical. She takes a break from being herself to try being like everyone else, but in the end realizes it just can‘t compare. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jennick2004
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Love this quote which is on the back cover!
Also, thanks for the good luck wishes...I got the job!
#ya #youngadult

VioletBramble Congratulations!! 13mo
tammysue I knew you would!! Congratulations!! 🎉😁 13mo
irre Congratulations! 13mo
Jennick2004 Thanks 💜😊 13mo
Kdgordon88 Congrats! 13mo
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KristinaRay
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This is my first time listening to an audiobook, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear John Ritter‘s voice. It‘s like having an old friend read me a story.
#ya #audiobook

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vkois88
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I read this many, many years ago... maybe I should give it another spin.

#BabyImAStar #PrinceofJuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

KristinaRay I‘m re-reading it right now and loving it. 13mo
vkois88 @KristinaRay I need to find my old copy or seek out a new one 13mo
GatheringBooks i loved stargirl! don‘t forget to read the sequel! 13mo
vkois88 @GatheringBooks I don't think I ever read that one, so I will be keeping an eye out for that as well 13mo
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KristinaRay
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“Who do you root for?” Stargirl hesitated. She smiled, she threw out her arms. “I root for everybody!”
#ya #favorite #quotes

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KristinaRay
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I ❤️ Stargirl so freaking much! I‘m rereading this with my son and it‘s still a wonderful read.
#ya #favorite #quotes

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KristinaRay
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On the contrary, she is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were.
#ya #quotes

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MrsLeeMcD
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RaimeyGallant Lovely. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! What do you teach? I teach 12th grade English & AP Literature. 13mo
MrsLeeMcD @CoffeeNBooks Hi! I teach 9th grade English, 10th grade British Studies English, and 12th grade Shakespeare and Modern Drama. 13mo
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Jennick2004
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And I can add this stack to my sons books that I‘m going to read lol #youngbooks #tbr

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js0315
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Riotgrams Day 27: Sequel Please! Oh how I wish there was another book to follow these, I love the characters Spinelli created in these. ❤️

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Tanzy13
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ErikaB
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It's been a crappy week for many reasons and I didn't realize how much I needed some good news until I saw this headline and broke into an ugly cry. I love Jerry Spinelli's "Stargirl" and I can't think of anyone who could play her better than Grace VanderWaal. Very high hopes for this adaptation.

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bewareofwords
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📍🇯🇵 In Japan for a week. I made time to read while traveling on the bullet train #travel

RealLifeReading So envious!! 1y
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MBurbo
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Pickpick

Stargirl just made my favorites of all time list. ⭐️ This book is truly unforgettable & important. #buzzwordathon #buzzwordreadathon #youngadult

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bewareofwords
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1/ Catching up on working and cleaning and prepping for our Japan trip in two weeks!
2/ Cake pops are so aesthetically pleasing...
3/ Almost finished Stargirl
4/ My mom is in town this week!
5/ 🤷🏽‍♀️ I‘m good

#fridayintro @jesshowbooks

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Skyfullofzoes
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This book is truly unforgettable. I think it‘s something I‘ll keep in mind forever. It didn‘t physically make a huge impact on my life but it did in my mindset of it.
This book is about a girl who is unlike anyone else. People learn to love it. But really all good things come to an end.

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Blair_Reads
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My faithful companion 🐶

Texreader 💜💜💜 2y
DebinHawaii So sweet! 🐶❤️ 2y
LeslieO I loved Stargirl! 2y
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Clwojick
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monalyisha We had framed book (& music) quotes on the tables at our wedding, & one of them was from “Stargirl”: “She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.” 2y
Sresendez12 I went through a Jerry Spinelli phase when I was younger and read almost all of his books back to back. I‘m headed to the library this afternoon and plan to pick up one or two of his books! 2y
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Clwojick
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⭐️ #ThrowbackReadathon
🙍🏼‍♀️

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Clwojick
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Pickpick

Well, I flew through this audiobook last night. I sacrificed sleep to finish it in one sitting (laying actually, curled up with my cats) It was absolutely brilliant. I loved Leo and Stargirl the same as I did back in the day, and I found myself laughing out loud and repeatedly smiling at how adorable this book is. Leo struggles to choose between popularity and a girl who absolutely mystifies him. Love or Friends? What would you give up to fit in?

Bostonmomx2 John Ritter 😥 2y
theresidentromantic That John Ritter pic is hurting my soul 😭 2y
JoRead I want to cry everytime I watch Problem Child. He was such a funny guy 😢 2y
Clwojick @Bostonmomx2 @theresidentromantic @JoRead I know! My heart melted when I realized who the narrator was. 😭😭😭 2y
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Clwojick
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I wasn‘t able to get my hands on a physical copy of this book, but I was able to find the audiobook on Hoopla. 💚 I was super excited to find that the narrator is John Ritter. Talk about #throwback! I used to love watching 8 Simple Rules, and I remember being devastated when he suddenly passed away in 2003. This will be the first book I‘m tackling for the #throwbackreadathon, and will be audiobooking before bed. ❤️ 🎧❤️

GrilledCheeseSamurai Now I have the three's company theme song going through my head... 🤣 2y
trazo I loved this book in high school. I still have my copy. I am tempted to read it again, it has been a while now. 2y
Suet624 I have a thing for his son. 💕 2y
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monalyisha I love, love, LOVE “Stargirl.” @trazo We should definitely reread. And @Clwojick this sort-of ties nicely into my Buffy post! John Ritter was in an episode once. He played an evil robot that Buffy‘s Mom was dating. He pretended to be nice as pie but was actually abusive/murderous. Man, BtVS was deep.🤖 2y
MatchlessMarie Omg I must listen to this one. I‘m always on the hunt for good narrator. 💔 2y
Clwojick Ahahah! I was not aware he was an evil robot in Buffy. That kind of makes my day. 😊 @monalyisha (edited) 2y
Mdargusch I loved this book! But listening to it being read by John Ritter? Amazing! 2y
Clwojick @Mdargusch RIGHT? I was extremely excited... and might have stayed up all night to finish the book.❤️😍 2y
Librariana @Clwojick - Stargirl is my favorite book 🌟💙🌟💚📚❤🌟 I hope that if you're still reading it, that you're enjoying it. Were I still to have my extra paperback copy (I think I ended up donating it a while back!), I would've gladly sent it your way 😊 2y
Clwojick @Librariana The audiobook was actually so perfect! You should listen to it one day. John Ritter is pure gold. 👌 I actually finished it last night. Ran through the whole audiobook in one sitting 😝 I laughed through the whole thing, and maybe woke up Nolan once or twice by going “Awwwe” 2y
readinginthedark Stargirl is so good! And @monalyisha , that Buffy episode was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post! 😆I‘ve watched that so many times. 2y
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Brooke_H
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Panpan

The thing I liked: the author's descriptions of the Arizona desert landscape are really beautiful.

Otherwise, this is a pretty basic manic pixie dream girl story, and those are really not my thing. Also, the main character is 16, but all the teens in this book talk like they're 10. This was shelved in "teen fiction" at my library, but it should be in "children's fiction." The writing is way too basic and simple. The characters do not ring true.

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hike.read.repeat
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli

This book has been on my #tbr since 7th grade in 2003. 😂 The teacher assigned it at the end of the school year so I never got to finish it.

I added this and a bunch of other shorter audiobooks to my phone bc I‘m impossibly behind schedule on my 2017 challenge of 200 books but I‘m not gonna give up.

How are you doing on your 2017 reading goals?

bookloo Smashing them! ☺️💞 2y
hike.read.repeat @bookloo congrats! 🙌🏽 2y
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Brie
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Some books with #quirky plots and/or characters. #noteworthynovember

hermyknee I loved Bernadette! And Fangirl! And Stargirl! Great post! 2y
2BR02B Stargirl was a favorite of mine as a teen. And I definitely need to read Swamplandia and Mr. Penumbra. 2y
DebbieGrillo I own Going Bovine but have never read it. 2y
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heyitsMacall
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So sweet. I‘ve had the image of meditating in a desert in my mind for years and now I remember where it came from. Love

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Robothugs
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Can‘t get my copy out so had to use this pixelated image! Stargirl is someone who shined bright. Still one of my favorites! #Shine #TuneIntoNovember

Cinfhen Excellent! 2y
AmandaL Love ❤️ 2y
readinginthedark Good one! 2y
kspenmoll 💕💕 2y
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Cheekymom3
Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
Mehso-so

It was okay. I wanted to love it but it was just ok.

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Cheekymom3
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Starting this one ... outside in my chair... last time I will probably be able to enjoy the outdoors and a book 😐

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TanishaRosa
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This is a RF book. Stargirl has been homeschooled until now-10th grade; she's unique and isn't afraid to let Mica High see that. She doesn't care for social circles; she's more concerned with being happy and making others happy. Leo's intrigued by Stargirl but struggles with the idea of losing his friends by befriending "the strange new girl." #UCFWaltersLit

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/stargirl-lesso...

lizzie0922 @TanishaRosa I have never read this book before but the description you gave of it and when I look at the link it looks great! I will definitely be reading this book on my free time. #UCFWaltersLit 2y
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Mdargusch
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The most #whimsical character I have ever read about is ⭐️girl. I picked this up as a quick read for a readathon and I really enjoyed this YA love story. Of course the usual teenage angst is thrown in, but ⭐️girl is one of those characters that is so memorable. #allyouneedislove #rocktober #uncannyoctober

Reviewsbylola I remember reading this in high school because Elliott May recommended it. That's literally all I remember. 😂😂 2y
Mdargusch I'm surprised you don't remember ⭐️girl the character- she was like a real life fairy. Or a hippie that thought she was a fairy. 😁 @Reviewsbylola (edited) 2y
Cinfhen So you do like YA @Mdargusch I thought you were #NoYA 2y
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emilyhaldi Lol @Reviewsbylola Elliott May?! 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes, it may even have been middle school but he raved about it. 😂 @emilyhaldi 2y
Librariana Stargirl is my favorite book 😊💙🌟 The companion book is also charming, and if I remember correctly, it's an epistolary novel 2y
Mdargusch I do like YA @cinfhen. I only started reading it about a year ago and have tried to read a few that were around the house when my daughters were growing up. I wish I had read them then. I am #noscifi! 2y
Mdargusch I will check that out for my next readathon @Librariana 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Pickpick

#UncannyOctober Day 19: Who can not help but feel a tad #Whimsical with Jerry Spinelli‘s Stargirl, who becomes basically every reader‘s Stargirl.

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Witching_Reads
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⭐️She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.

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litmuggle
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Guys im only 50 pgs in and i just picked this up. Its so cute, has anyone read it. I was wondering if ut stay this appropriate because i think my 6 year old would relate and every kid needs to read about anti-bullying they can relate to.

AmandaL It's a sweet story. 2y
tpixie I've always wanted to read that book it's good to hear that it's great I adore the cover 2y
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