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by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl Chapter 22 Summary
Time to Meet the Parents. Even though Archie has told Leo that Stargirl's parents are pretty normal, he still expects them to be, well, quirky. That means that he is genuinely surprised when he goes to her house and meets her parents, because they are so, well, normal. Stargirl's room is normal, too. When Leo asks our girl about where all her mission materials are, she tells him about her office, but won't tell him where that is. Hmm. Sounds intriguing. He does, however, find two interesting items in her room: (1) A bowl full of hair. She puts the bowl out for birds to make their nests with. That's gross, but also sweet, in a strange way. (2) A tiny wagon full of tons of pebbles. This is her happy wagon. Wait. Her what? Apparently, when something makes her happy, Stargirl puts a pebble in the wagon; when she is unhappy she takes a pebble out. It's like a barometer for her mood. At this particular moment, there are seventeen stones in there, more stones than ever before. (Could this have something to do with her love life?) Leo learns that once she was down to only three pebbles, which totally shocks him. How's that for unhappy? At dinner, Leo finds out that Stargirl is a strict vegetarian, and after dinner they sit on the porch with her camera. She takes several pictures of the kids playing across the street, and then she tells Leo that she is compiling a biography for the boy across the street, Peter Sinkowitz. It will be like a little journal that includes what he does day-to-day with accompanying pictures and even little tokens, like papers he has dropped. But it's not like a scrapbook that Peter's parents might make. This is more candid and real. Then Leo sticks his foot in his mouth, majorly. He hurts her feelings by asking her if she is trying to be a saint. But he swears he didn't mean that to sound nasty; he's just amazed. Then, it happens. After a few more minutes of flirty banter, they share their first kiss, and the kiss sure ain't "saintly."
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