Stargirl (en español)

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Leo se siente tan fascinado como intimidado por Stargirl, la nueva de la escuela, una chica especial e inmune a las duras críticas del resto y que además no hace más que llamar la atención, algo que jamás haría él. Sin embargo, desde que Stargirl llega a la escuela, Leo no puede dejar de pensar en ella. Stargirl toca la vida de muchos y su historia se convierte en una lección de cómo los que son considerados diferentes acaban casi siempre convirtiéndose en inmortales. ...
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Leo se siente tan fascinado como intimidado por Stargirl, la nueva de la escuela, una chica especial e inmune a las duras críticas del resto y que además no hace más que llamar la atención, algo que jamás haría él. Sin embargo, desde que Stargirl llega a la escuela, Leo no puede dejar de pensar en ella. Stargirl toca la vida de muchos y su historia se convierte en una lección de cómo los que son considerados diferentes acaban casi siempre convirtiéndose en inmortales.

A New York Times Bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Parent's Choice Gold Award Winner and an ALA's Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, 2003 Arizona Young Readers' Award Winner, 2003 Garden State Teen Book Award Winner (New Jersey), 2003 Young Hoosier Book Award Winner (Indiana), 2003 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Winner / 3rd place (Illinois).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, the star of Spinelli's novel shares many of the mythical qualities as the protagonist of his Maniac Magee. Spinelli poses searching questions about loyalty to one's friends and oneself and leaves readers to form their own answers, said PW in our Best Books citation. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
From the day that Stargirl, a previously homeschooled sophomore, arrives at Mica High School, she is noticed for her eccentricities: the way she dresses; her overt friendliness and spontaneity; the fact that she plays her ukulele and sings loudly in the school cafeteria; and her genuine lack of concern for what others think of her. At first the school is stunned and doesn't know what to make of her. Then she sparks a school-spirit revolution at a football game, and instantly everyone wants to be her friend. But just as suddenly, the school turns on her and shuns her because she doesn't want to play by the rules of normal school life — namely, uniform conformity and spiteful competition. Narrated by Leo, a boy who falls for Stargirl, we listen intently as Leo desperately tries to make her acceptable to others by pleading with her to be someone she is not. Will Stargirl change? Or will she remain the same, charming rebel? This is a delightful, sometimes painful, but always provocative story of first love and teenage popularity. Another well-written work by Spinelli that will particularly appeal to young people and their eagerness to discuss today's high school culture. Genre: Individuality/Popularity 2000, Alfred A. Knopf, 186 pp., $15.96. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Diana Mitchell; Williamston, Michigan
From The Critics
In the past year, people from my past have started coming into my present. Some are old high school classmates, people I generally avoided because I was too unsure of myself to risk being changed by them. Looking back, I realize how much I gave up without realizing it and am grateful to have another chance to connect with them. In Jerry Spinelli's beautifully crafted novel Stargirl, narrator Leo Borlock knows someone special has entered his life, and he takes the chance to get to know her. Even though the risk ends up being too great to bear, her influence changes him for the rest of his life. On the first day of school, Stargirl Caraway waltzed into the tenth grade at Mica High, and the world shifted. She behaves like no one else. From serenading classmates with a ukulele on their birthdays to doing something nice for someone each day to dancing in the rain and carrying a pet rat in her huge, flower-painted school bag, Stargirl is a being unto herself. And no one can figure her out. Whispers of "She was homeschooling gone amok," "She was sniffing fumes," and "She was an alien" fly around the halls like wind over the desert sand that surrounds the dull little high school of Mica, Arizona. Leo knows Stargirl is genuine. Like the others, he is drawn to her every move. He watches her with awe, bafflement, and a little fear. Not knowing what to do with this strange, starry being, the student body at first reveres her. Students begin to imitate her. They dance in the rain. They say hello to the formerly unnoticed person in the hallway, and they feel each other's pain if someone gets hurt. When Stargirl becomes a cheerleader and cheers for everyone and everything, so do they. Stargirl'sthirst-quenching spirit unites everyone and awakens individualism. Enjoying the wakeup, and falling in love with Stargirl, Leo believes she is a miracle. He shares his excitement with Archie Brubaker, a retired paleontologist who teaches an informal Saturday morning school at his house of bones. As the philosopher of the novel, Archie muses to Leo, "The trouble with miracles is, they don't last long." True to Archie's prediction, the most popular girl in school suddenly becomes shunned and scorned after the Mica basketball team starts losing every game. The easy, light-hearted games where Stargirl cheered for the other team, too, turn ugly as the desire to win drains the fun—and the love—from the experience. Stargirl's outflowing of caring is seen as traitorous, and she's blamed for the team's inevitable losses. From then on, Leo and Stargirl struggle in the primordial soup of teenage angst—where does their loyalty go? How can they remain true to themselves and each other? Ultimately, Leo sacrifices his relationship with Stargirl, and Stargirl leaves Mica. But her imprint remains, as real as the animals whose bones now rest in Archie's home. Fossils play a subtle but defining role in Spinelli's novel. Through Archie and his love of the earth's ancient cast of creatures, Spinelli comments on the fossilized consciousness of today's people. Archie tells Leo that Stargirl is "us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were." Archie believes Stargirl is closer to humanity's beginnings, and more in touch with it. Without her influence, the rest of us endanger ourselves to extinction during our own lifetime. Spinelli's tale is spare, yet resonant. More spiritual than his other award-winning books, Stargirl began as an idea 34 years ago. It is a mystical, open space he creates, filled with life and love and the beauty of nothingness. Stargirl is an enchanting character. Loosely based on Spinelli's wife, Eileen, she fully celebrates and honors each moment she lives. She loves all creatures and is wise in ways beyond her years. For all her saint-like qualities, though, Stargirl is a believable character. Her lack of ego and her very name allow the reader to believe that she is from another world, and that very possibility encourages us to bask in her blessings and emulate her goodness. It is frustrating to witness the studen body come alive and connect with Stargirl's freeness, only to try to crush her. Yet she leaves behind more than memories in Leo's mind: years after her departure from Mica, a ukulele is a part of the school marching band. A group called the Sunflowers does nice things for people each day, and a small group of basketball fans always cheer the opposing team. As an adult, Leo regrets letting go of Stargirl and wonders if he'll ever get another chance, but he does not despair. He has changed in ways that keep the best parts of her alive within him. Perhaps this is Spinelli's way of encouraging us to take a chance on ourselves and others—that people like Stargirl can help us honor our beginnings and lead us from our past into our future. Reviewer: Holly H. Coughlin — The Five Owls, November/December 2000 (Vol. 15 No. 2)
"Mica Area High School was not exactly a hotbed of nonconformity," an 11th-grader named Leo wryly points out: "If we happened to somehow distinguish ourselves, we quickly snapped back into place like rubber bands." So when an outrageously dressed new 10th grade student who calls herself Stargirl arrives at Mica, she creates quite a stir. Stargirl serenades people on their birthdays with her ukulele, and brings her pet rat to school in her bag. She practices random acts of kindness, and meditates out in the beautiful Sonoran desert. She's goofy, bizarre, entertaining—and endearing. Her amusing antics at a football game gain her an invitation to be a cheerleader, and her performance outshines that of the team. For a brief period, everyone wants to be like Stargirl, and everyone wants to be her friend. But when basketball season comes around and she starts to cheer the opposing team's baskets as well ("I root for everybody!," she says in all sincerity), the school turns against her—just as Leo realizes that he's in love with her. He wishes that she would conform a little, though, and for his sake she tries. When he realizes that they are both being shunned by everyone in the school anyway, he draws back and the relationship ends. Stargirl vanishes, and Leo is left with his regrets. This parable about conformity and individuality has the narrative drive as well as the clear understanding of the emotional world of teenagers that distinguish Spinelli's other popular books, like There's a Girl in My Hammerlock and the Newbery Award-winning Maniac Magee. Stargirl's free spirit and her kind heart leave behind a legacy at the school, after all, and her story may prompt readers togive some thought to tolerance and the price of popularity. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
Children's Literature
In Spinelli's newest novel, Stargirl, the character matches standards he has previously set. Stargirl is the main character of the novel. And that is her real least temporarily, for she is given to changing her name to match her current philosophical and personality bent. When the viewpoint character, Leo Borlock, sees her for the first time he notices her huge eyes that look like deer's eyes caught in headlights. And this is an appropriate image when Stargirl enters a public high school that is not exactly a hotbed of nonconformity. It is not just appearance that makes her so different¾Stargirl embodies the random-acts-of-kindness approach to life and can not understand the us/them divisions so crucial to high school life. Most of the school turns against Stargirl, who becomes a cheerleader and applauds both teams. This special brand of cheering first brought the team success, but when they fail, she is the obvious scapegoat. Leo, the boy who tells the story, falls in love with Stargirl despite trying to resist. He is swept into a painful conflict. Should he let himself be who he really is and love her, or continue his comfortable, conformist existence? Stargirl, who loves him back, tries to conform but the results are disastrous. Most of Spinelli's books have an underlying theme of conformity. In Stargirl the theme becomes the plot and its effects are devastating. When Stargirl is driven out of town by the cruelties of conformity, Leo is left alone and lonely. The last chapter shows him grown, living by himself, citing the changes in the high school ("Today's Electron marching band is probably the only one in Arizona with a ukulele") and living each day remembering Stargirland wondering if he will ever have another chance. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Stargirl is new at Mica High, and she is nothing like anyone else. She wears pioneer dresses, sings Happy Birthday to students in the lunchroom while strumming a ukulele, and carries her pet rat around school. At first everyone whispers and stares, but for Leo, the intrigue is already turning into attraction. Then suddenly Stargirl becomes the most popular person in schoolshe is different, entertainingbut her popularity does not last long. Due to a combination of events, students begin to turn against her, ignore her, and ridicule her. Because Leo is already in love, they soon spend all of their time together, disregarding the shunning they eXperience. Yet Leo is not completely oblivious to being ignored, and it finally gets to him. He convinces Stargirl to change, to dress and act like everybody else. When she does not regain her popularity, Leo feels he must make a difficult choice. At the end of the book, fifteen years later, he is still coming to terms with that year. Spinelli has created an astute and sensitive narrator who first observes and then eXperiences the perils of nonconformity. The high school eXperience is real in this bookthe lunchroom, school TV studio, football games, and speech contests. Although there probably are not too many Stargirls out there quite like this one, there are plenty who will understand what happened at Mica High and why. There are both light moments and poetic, emotionally mature observations in Stargirl. With the book's high school setting and situations, this entertaining and thoughtprovoking story will appeal to and be enjoyed by junior high and high school readers. PLB VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broadgeneral YA appeal; Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Julie Wilde
School Library Journal
Jerry Spinelli's novel, set in small-town Mica, Arizona, is a tender and poignant tale of adolescent relationships. The dynamics between the central characters, Stargirl and Leo, against the backdrop of petty, but entrenched cliques, gives a small window into the painful growth of teenagers and preteens. While the story is compelling, the writing styles don't translate easily to the audio format. Most of the text is narrative, as seen through the eyes of an older Leo, looking back nostalgically on his time spent with Stargirl. Juxtaposed among these memories are "real time" vignettes with dialogue between the assortment of characters. This interplay of time sequences with writing styles demands much of readers/listeners. There are scenes where text is preferable, such as the "Hot Seat" session where Stargirl is pantomiming behind Leo's back. Although narrator John Ritter does an admirable job, it lacks the vitality that Stargirl brings to the story, and the tenderness of Leo's memory. During the dialogues, the voices are not distinctive enough to bring the sense of urgency that is felt while reading the story; it is difficult to sense Hilary's loathing of Stargirl and all she stands for, or Leo's angst as he is torn between "fitting in" and allegiance to Stargirl. His best readings are the dialogues and descriptive passages that engage humor, especially the cheerleading episode as Stargirl spells out "Howdy." The narratives lack a musical vocal quality, and the intonations are predictable. Given that Ritter has strong ability with strictly vocal performances such as the voice for Clifford in Clifford the Big Red Dog (PBS) and other audio works, this could be a story that is better in its print format.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Betsy Groban
Jerry Spinelli, an author already much acclaimed (his Maniac Magee won the Newbery Medal in 1991), has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity, handsomely bound by his publisher into an unusually pretty little 186-page book.
New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Newbery-winning Spinelli spins a magical and heartbreaking tale from the stuff of high school. Eleventh-grader Leo Borlock cannot quite believe the new student who calls herself Stargirl. Formerly home-schooled, Stargirl comes to their Arizona high school with a pet rat and a ukulele, wild clothes and amazing habits. She sings "Happy Birthday" to classmates in the lunchroom, props a small glass vase with a daisy on her desk each class, and reenergizes the cheerleading squad with her boundless enthusiasm. But Stargirl even cheers for the opposing team. She's so threatening to the regular ways of her fellows that she's shunned. No one will touch her or speak to her—or applaud her success when she wins a state speech tournament. Leo's in love with her, but finds that if he's with her, he's shunned, too. She loves him enough to try to fit in, but when that fails spectacularly, she illuminates the spring school dance like a Roman candle and disappears. The desert—old bones, flowering cactus, scented silence—is a living presence here. So is the demon of conformity, a teen monster of what's normal, a demon no less hideous because it's so well internalized in us all. Leo chooses normalcy over star stuff, but looking back as an adult he finds Stargirl's presence in a hundred different ways in his own and in his former classmates' lives. Once again Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594378157
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Pub Co Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 216,034
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli

Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    Who Said That You Have To be Like the others in order to be Liked!!!!

    Who said you have to be like everyone else??Nobody.!!!Stargirl learns that being different is better because you are special and unique.When she was 'Susan' nobody liked her everyone turn their back on her.I think that everyone should learn to be themselves and NEVER CHANGE not even for POPULARITY OR A BOY!!!!!!!!!!When you read this book you will find many morals and really good reasons to be yourself... SO ENJOY THE BOOK.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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