IMPORTANT & URGENT :What are some good quotes from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli?I was wondering if anyone knew of some good quotes from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I am looking for a nice...

IMPORTANT & URGENT :What are some good quotes from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli?

I was wondering if anyone knew of some good quotes from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I am looking for a nice relatable quote & some quotes that could be easily illustrated by bringing words to life. If you could please help, it is URGENT ! Thanks So Much & Happy Holidays.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I loved the language in Spinelli's Stargirl! Some of my favorite quotes had to do with the theme of her individuality, and the way she represented by "light":

She was bendable light: She shone around every corner of my day.

I homed in on the beacon of her smile.

When a Stargirl cries, she does not shed tears, but light.

The first is my favorite. Stargirl is different from the other kids that Leo knows, and she really does shine in his life. It is difficult for him to accept that, though. I think Spinelli is one of the best authors writing today for young people. He does not condescend or use language that is overly simplistic, and uses themes that kids relate to easily.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post featured some nice quotes.  I would like to add my vantage point to this discussion.  The major premise here would be the idea of seizing the moment of now for adolescents in the striving for identity and self- definition.  With that in mind, a major quote from the novel talks about not "cheating" oneself of time:

You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you , but now you’ll never know.

This quote really speaks quite strongly about the idea of using adolescence to follow your own beliefs, one's own ideas.  Stargirl is so unique and so distinctive that she articulates and embodies the idea of not cheating oneself of time.

One of Stargirl's character traits when she is first introduced to the reader is her own manner and demeanor.  In an adolescent world dominated by social popularity and individuals claiming to be "themselves", but really following others', she is distinctive.  Her loves speak to this:  "I have to tell you I love living in a world without clocks. The shackles are gone. I’m a puppy unleashed in a meadow of time." This quote speaks to the natural and "earthy" way she approaches life, representing Stargirl's introduction as someone who represents and embraces difference in a world that might not be so appreciative of it.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the book "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli, the young girl, Stargirl Caraway, is a new girl in an Arizona High School. She had spent the majority of her education being home school.  She now finds herself in a new setting where others find her to be strange.  Leo, a friend is in love with her.  He wants her to change so that other kids will like her better.  The story is about finding one's true self and being different.  It is also about the demands of social conformity at a high school level.

Some quotes are as follows:

"She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew." (15)

"I liked the feeling the moonlight gave me, as if it wasn't the opposite of day, but its underside, its private side, when the fabulous purred on my snow-white sheet like some dark cat come in from the desert." (12)

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