Monday, September 14, 2009

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

January 1
Dear Leo,
I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.
And what better way to celebrate this New Year's Day than to begin writing a letter to my once (and future?) boyfriend. (1)

So starts what Stargirl dubs the world's longest letter to her boyfriend from Arizona, Leo. Although she's not sure she is going to send it to him, Stargirl begins to detail her new life in Pennsylvania. Her dad has started his dream job of becoming a milkman, and Stargirl has resumed being homeschooled by her mom, the costume designer. But Stargirl's life is more complicated than she realized, and she explains to Leo the trials of Dootsy, a preschooler who doesn't know when to stop talking, an agorophobic neighbor name Betty Lou, and a girl name Alvina who is suffering growing pains. What's most confusing however is Perry Delloplane, the silent high schooler with a murky past and a habit of littering and skipping school. Fans of the first book starring Stargirl will want to return to Jerry Spinelli's Love, Stargirl.


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