Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2000 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0-679-88637-0
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Susan was home-schooled until tenth grade. She has utter disregard for convention by the time she enters Mica High. Her hugely embarrassing behavior, such as playing the ukulele and singing "Happy Birthday" in the lunchroom appalls Leo, a junior. He is both attracted and repelled by this young woman who calls herself Stargirl.

The novel, which Leo tells in the first person, unfolds. Slowly, Leo and we come to know the girl’s behavior is based in kindness. Star Girl is a unique love story and humorous tragedy.

Kemie Nix   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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