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by Jerry Spinelli

Challenges & Opportunities of Teaching Stargirl

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Sample of Challenges & Opportunities

Everything from the title to the Tiffany-blue cover featuring, well, a star and a girl leads readers to believe this is a book for girls. And we'll admit that Stargirl does tend to be a more popular choice among the ladies. But what the boys won't realize until they crack the book open is that it's narrated by a guy. Leo is our main man, and he's a pretty cool, relatable guy. He wants to be liked and accepted, he started a wildly popular TV show, and he has a crush on the new girl at school. In spite of some initial groaning, we think your guys will dig our narrator.

Archie the Philosopher

Archie is a handy character from a writer's perspective. Think about it: The entire book is written from the point of view of a teenage boy, so where is the brilliant insight on the nature of humanity going to come from? Answer: Archie. He's a paleontologist, teacher, and general deep-thinker/wise man type. He teaches the kids about fossils and Earth history, but he also has a lot to contribute in the way of life lessons. The challenge here is that he usually speaks in riddles that can be tough for students to understand. Take a look at this example: "You'll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know" (7.50).