Stout Dawdler’s Review: Love, Stargirl

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Title: Love, Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Children’s Literature

Copyright: August 14, 2007


Stargirl has moved and left everything behind: Arizona, Mica High, enchanted desert places–and Leo, her once (and future?) boyfriend. He’s all she can think about, and her life begins to feel like a parade of unhappy anniversaries. Then Stargirl meets her wonderfully bizarre new neighbors: Dootsie, the curly-headed five-year-old “human bean”; Charlie, who sits among the tombstones; hot-tempered Alvina with that one glittery nail; and Perry Delloplane, the blue-eyed thief who soon lays his own claim to Stargirl’s heart. In letters to Leo over the course of a year, Stargirl comes to find hope in new places: mockingbirds, donut angels, moon flowers, and the Winter Solstice–that turning-point day when dark tips to light. But what’s life without Leo? Will he–can he–answer that one crucial question she asks every morning to the rising sun? In this companion novel to Stargirl, Newberry Medalist Jerry Spinelli continues his beloved heroine’s story in a tale of hurt and healing, promise and revelation, solstice and sunbeams.

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