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Stargirl

Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl Analysis

Literary Devices in Stargirl

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

DryMica is a fictional, relatively new mining community in Arizona. While we don't get a ton of information on the town, we do know that it's in the desert, which is no surprise, considering Arizon...

Narrator Point of View

It is interesting to note that the most interesting character, and the character for whom the novel is named, is not the narrator. Despite the title, this isn't really Stargirl's story; it's Leo Bo...

Genre

Coming of AgeHere's a snapshot of Leo at the beginning of Stargirl:He's a young boy.He has never been in love.He's a conformist.He's a collector of porcupine ties.And here's a snapshot of Leo at th...

Tone

How would you best complete this sentence?The author thinks Stargirl is _________________________. A. weirdB. meanC. wiseD. goofyDid you choose C? If so, you are on the right track to figuring out...

Writing Style

Informally poetic probably sounds a little strange, but bear with us. First, let's have a chat about all that pesky dialogue in the novel. This is a book that's very much about personal relationshi...

What's Up With the Title?

There is no mystery behind the title of the novel. It is called Stargirl because its focus is on this one character and the impact she has on Leo (our narrator). The book pays homage to someone who...

What's Up With the Ending?

Despite the fact that she has skipped town, Stargirl remains popular for years and years after graduation. People talk about her at all the reunions, and pay homage to her quirks with unique tradit...

Tough-o-Meter

Stargirl is a page-turner, that's for sure. Our girl is so quirky it's hard not to keep reading to see what she'll do next. Plus, the easy-to-read language will keep you trucking. The hardest part...

Plot Analysis

Meet Leo. Oh, and Meet Stargirl, TooLeo sets the stage for us in the beginning by giving us some insight into his history. He tells us an anecdote, or short personal story, about how his uncle once...

Trivia

Stargirl was brewing in Spinelli's mind for thirty-four years before he finished the book. Thirty-four years! That's an awful long time to be pondering… anything. (Source.)There are Stargirl Soci...
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