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Stargirl

Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

Wisdom and Knowledge Quotes

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Quote #7

In bed that night, as the moonlight reached high tide under my chin, I realized that in fact I understood the question perfectly. I just didn't want to answer it (19.52).

Sometimes, we're our own best teachers. Leo spends some quiet time in the moonlight (thanks again, nature), and comes to his own realization about his Stargirl situation. Of course, he wouldn't have gotten to this moment if it weren't for Archie and Señor Saguaro.

Quote #8

She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh (20.8).

Stargirl is a teacher to Leo on several levels. She doesn't bring him facts to learn, but she teaches him how to live more fully. We wish we all had Stargirls in our lives.

Quote #9

She saw things. I had not known there was so much to see.

She was forever tugging my arm and saying, "Look!"

I would look around, seeing nothing. "Where?"

She would point. "There."

In the beginning I still could not see. She might be pointing to a doorway, or a person, or the sky. But such things were so common to my eyes, so undistinguished, that they would register as "nothing." I walked in a gray world of nothings (20.9-13)

Stargirl teaches Leo to "see" the interesting things around him as if he were a visitor to a new land. This takes him out of a "gray world of nothings" and into a colorful, vibrant world of infinite interest.

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