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In Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, what choice does Archie want Leo to make? How does he try to help him make this important decision?  

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In Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, Archie is an old professor who helps Leo make sense of his relationship with Stargirl. In chapter 7, when Leo and Kevin first ask him about the new girl at school, Archie provides positive and open-minded information about Stargirl. The boys think he speaks in riddles, but like a good teacher, Archie wants them to make their own choices based on factual information and kind-heartedness. For example, when Kevin suggests that Stargirl is an alien, Archie replies by suggesting that she is more human that most as in the following passages:

"On the contrary, she is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are" (32).

"You'll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know" (35).

Archie does not want the boys to stay away from...

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