Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: New York: Knopf 2007
Classification: Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Realistic fiction
Topics: diaries, friendship, individuality
Media Type: Book
Grade level: 7-Adult
Reader's annotation: Stargirl writes “the longest letter ever” to Leo as she recounts her life in Pennsylvania with an odd collection of townspeople and kids.
Summary: Stargirl misses Leo and still loves him. She starts a letter to him which turns into her journal for the year. Back to homeschooling she starts a project mapping out the path of the sunrise for a year which we follow throughout the book. In the meantime she hangs out with six-year-old Dootsie and becomes a mentor for grumpy, difficult Alvina and regularly visits agoraphobic Betty Lou and then she meets the mysterious Perry and his harem of girls. Their brief romance only makes her appreciate and miss Leo more but she resolves herself to let things be and know that whatever happens in the future happens.
Evaluation: Although this is a sequel to Stargirl, this is her story and a completely new one. A kind of modern day Pollyanna, Stargirl collects an eccentric group of people around her with whom she feels a certain responsibility for their well-being. Her methods are completely unconventional but that makes it all the more charming.
Sequel to Stargirl
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