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Publisher's Summary

She's as magical as the desert sky. As strange as her pet rat. As mysterious as her own name.

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted.

At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different. And Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.

In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

©2000 Jerry Spinelli; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Ritter's reading pulsates with all the guarded passion and quiet graces of a young man in love for the first time...Spinelli once again reminds us how difficult but wonderful it is to be human." (AudioFile)
"A unique love story and humorous tragedy." (Parents' Choice)
"Ritter fully captures the emotional current of Spinelli's text. He relates the humorous details, clique-related dramas and intense heartbreak of high school life with a knowing tone that young listeners will likely embrace." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Andre
  • WALDORF, MD, United States
  • 09-03-10

Awesome - My First Audio Book

I downloaded this book for my 10 yr old kid. I personally don't like to read books, except for technical books, so I thought that I thought I would listen to the story while I'm doing work and be able to talt to my kid about it. I have to admit I really enjoyed star girl and my son will find it easy to relate to her since he too like to do things his own way, though not to the extent of the character. I personally would recommend this to kids ages from 9 to 13. I'll have my son post an update as soon as he listens to it. Great story for kids

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • laurie
  • versailles, KY, United States
  • 03-30-11

So wonderful...

Little did I know that we would lose such a great actor in John Ritter at such an early age, but we also lost him as a wonderful narrator. Who knew he was so endearing and charming with his voice. It really captured my attention and I loved this story. Definitely worth your time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine!

A lovely and often humorus story of a teenage girl attending public school after years of being homeschooled. This girl has her own unique way of thinking, dressing and participating in high school life. Star Girl is comfortable with being herself even though she is different from the other kids. Star Girl is like a star beam shining new light
& life into the local high school.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • omer
  • edison, NJ, United States
  • 01-03-12

awesome book

Where does Star Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

3 because it is just so long.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

by putting elustrations and shorting the story a little bit but keep the suspense.

What does John Ritter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he makes a really good experience and its much comfortable than reading by listening.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

i dont know what that means

Any additional comments?

awesome book never read anything like that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorite books!

This is a great book not only for children but also adults who need to remember small positive things make life better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoyed it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My child was assigned this book in school, so I decided to listen to it so we could discuss it as a family. I ended up really enjoying it!

What did you like best about this story?

Just a fun, thought provoking book.

Have you listened to any of John Ritter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other John Ritter narations, but I thought he did a really great job with this book - got the expressions of 11th graders down great!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it over the course of about a week.

Any additional comments?

The book raises a lot of interesting issues - e.g., is Stargirl admirable, or would you criticize some of the things she did. Should she be emulated or not? Why did people shun her at school? Etc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best Book!

Stargirl was so interesting. I read half of the book on my own and finished with the audio. I loved it, ended so perfectly and tied together amazingly, so intriguing. You’ll never want to stop reading, listening, however you’re doing it, you’re going to love it.
-Alyson Kate, 11 yr old

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AMAZING!

I loved this book! It has much emotion! It has nothing in common with any of the books I’ve read in the past.... HONESTLY impossible to compare😍🙌🏼👏🏼

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WOW Wonderful Story!!!

I did not pick this story out for myself. This was on a required reading list. But wow! I am glad it was on that list! This story was so touching, loving and emotional. I definitely recommend it! Glad I stepped out of my usual readings with this book and it really touched me. I loved the length, writing, and narration. Really an amazing book!

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Great Narration

I loved the story and narration. I miss John Ritter as a fan. Thank you