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by Jerry Spinelli

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

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 Societies in some schools. Why not start your own? (Source.)

Get this: there's a real Stargirl out there. Yep, folks, Stargirl is based, at least in part, on Jerry Spinelli's wife, Eileen Spinelli. (Source.)

Jerry Spinelli's first published work was a poem about a football game that his father sent in to the local newspaper—ahem—without his permission. Apparently, that was it: the moment he knew he would be a writer. (Source.)

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