Stargirl Questions and Answers

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One of the paramount lessons to be learned is to value individuality over blind conformity. This story pits exuberant individuality against extreme conformity and tracks how individuality enlivens...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011 8:11 am UTC

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Since Spinelli's Stargirl is written from Leo's perspective, readers see Stargirl from the narrator's point of view. For example, many of the students, including Leo, do not believe that Stargirl...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017 10:33 pm UTC

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Well, Stargirl does try to change to become popular. She enters the Arizona state oratorical contest, hoping that if she wins, then the other students will think she's great. Unfortunately, it...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 5:41 am UTC

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Stargirl is full of important events. I think one of the events should be Stargirl's coming to school for the very first time. She is an outsider in so many ways, but the school eventually embraces...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 5:52 pm UTC

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One of the main characters of Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl is, of course, Stargirl, and it is doubtful she has sense of the word popular as it applies to her own life or as we know it. She is a free...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 11:11 pm UTC

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Stargirl changes for Leo. A good place to start looking for information supporting this is chapter 23. chapter 23 sees Leo really starting to feel the repercussions of hanging out with Stargirl. He...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 11:13 am UTC

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The giant cactus with the Spanish name is the boon companion of the eccentric retired teacher Archie Brubaker. Señor Saguaro isn't just a plant to Archie; he's a conversation partner. Though...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 7:19 am UTC

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With a character named Stargirl, a reader could only hope for someone fabulously captivating—and that is exactly what Jerry Spinelli delivers in this novel. But to contrast Stargirl with "other...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 11:18 pm UTC

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The main character is Leo Borlock who narrates the story, even though he focuses mostly on how he and his high school get to know Stargirl, how they treat her, and how his relationship with her...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 4:50 pm UTC

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Leo and Stargirl end up being boyfriend and girlfriend, so a reader would assume that they have quite a bit in common with each other and that is why they are attracted to each other. I think that...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 3:15 am UTC

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Stargirl's old name is Susan Caraway. Although "Susan" is the name her parents gave her, Stargirl has changed what she is called many times. She first renamed herself "Pocket Mouse", then...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2009 1:22 am UTC

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Like the quirky child of nature that she is, Stargirl changes the words of the morning pledge so that they are about turtles, fruit bats, the planet earth, and black bean burritos. That is, instead...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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Stargirls' best characteristic is her ability to empathize with anybody. She cares deeply for the feelings of others regardless of social norms. It's why she cheers for both teams and that kind...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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Stargirl is about Stargirl Caraway; however, the story is told from the perspective of Leo Borlock. The result is that both Leo and the reader are outside observers to Stargirl, her antics, and her...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 6:56 pm UTC

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At the start of the novel, Stargirl is approaches with a sense of hesitation by the students at Mica High. Part of it is that she is homeschooled, creating a sort of disconnect between she and the...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2009 6:38 am UTC

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One trait that Leo and Stargirl both share is their confidence in their unique individuality. Granted, Stargirl is way more comfortable and confident in being her own person than Leo is. He is...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 3:58 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 21. This chapter explains the "game" that Stargirl plays and teaches to Leo. They play three rounds of it during this chapter; however, readers...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 3:30 pm UTC

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I am assuming that you are asking about the incident between Hillari Kimble and Stargirl that takes place near the end of the book at the Ocotillo Ball. In that incident, Stargirl spontaneously...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009 12:46 am UTC

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One thing that consistently motivates or inspires Stargirl's acts of kindness is her innate altruistic attitude and general love for other people. Stargirl is unique in that she loves everybody...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2018 2:41 pm UTC

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The author never says exactly why Stargirl and her family moved. He leaves that to the reader's imagination. She and Leo had broken up, so it makes sense that she did not tell him that they were...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2010 6:55 am UTC

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It is my unequivocal belief that the student body is too harsh in the way they react to Stargirl. While her actions could understandably make students uncomfortable at times, Stargirl's only...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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The setting of Stargirl is the small town of Mica, Arizona. The town of Mica is situated on the edges of a low desert environment. The dry, somewhat barren desert reflects the fairly dry lives of...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 11:35 pm UTC

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The major change that occurs in Spinelli's Stargirl around Thanksgiving is when students start to treat Stargirl better. First, Stargirl becomes popular for her cheerleading antics during the high...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 11:01 pm UTC

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Hillari represents every pretty and mean high school girl from the dawn of time. She is all things popular and superficial. To have a girl who dresses up in prairie dresses sing to her in the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 10:27 pm UTC

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Leo decides to follow Stargirl instead of just talk to her because he is ridiculously shy; he is afraid of her, the way she makes him feel, and the teasing he will get from his schoolmates if he...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2009 12:59 am UTC

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Characterization occurs in two general ways. Authors will use a combination of direct and indirect characterization to build a character for readers. Direct characterization occurs when an author...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020 11:47 pm UTC

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At the time that Leo decided to let Kevin bring Stargirl on Hot Seat, her popularity was at its peak. Somewhere around Thanksgiving, the students, after laughing at her and tormenting her for...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2009 11:15 am UTC

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Without a more specific text reference, it is tough to know exactly which quote about Stargirl from Archie this question is asking about. Archie is the neighborhood cool old guy. He is a fountain...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 10:48 pm UTC

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Susan (Stargirl) was one of the last finalists to speak at the final oratorical competition. The audience was stunned by Stargirl's performance because it was so unlike that of the typical teenage...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 9:41 pm UTC

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Yes, I would definitely say that Stargirl has conflicts with people. I would even say that she is in conflict with a specific person as well. In general, Stargirl's main conflict is with most of...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 2:21 pm UTC

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"Porcupine Necktie" is the phrase that we first see in this story. It looks like a chapter title: centered, bold, in all caps, printed halfway down the page with just the blank space above it. The...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 8:22 pm UTC

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Archie, or Archibald Hapwood Brubaker, to give him his full name, is an old man who lives in the neighborhood near to Mica Area High School. He's a retired paleontologist, someone who uses fossils...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 9:16 am UTC

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As Leo and Stargirl begin spending more and more time together in chapter 17, he begins to understand that her actions seem genuinely motivated by a desire to make others happy. On a walk in...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 7:27 am UTC

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In chapter 21, Leo discovers that Stargirl makes her own greeting cards. When she finds someone who needs a gift or a card, she anonymously gives them what they need. The way Stargirl finds out...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 1:38 am UTC

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I absolutely agree that two themes of this book are conformity and individuality. Both themes are most clearly shown through the character of Stargirl. She is a wonderful individual that simply...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 4:14 am UTC

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There are a number of themes in the book. I do not know which one you are specifically asking for, so I am going to list a couple of themes and some relevant quotes. The theme of identity is in...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 1:31 pm UTC

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One can only speculate. When Archie buries the sixty-million-year-old rodent skull in the desert, he encloses a crumpled piece of paper with it. Leo asks him what he wrote on the paper, but Archie...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 5:05 am UTC

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Susan Julia Caraway goes to Phoenix to represent Mica in the state oratorical contest in chapter twenty-seven of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Not surprisingly, she does not have anything specific...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 3:08 am UTC

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I edited down the original question, in the hopes that I reworded the original sentiment. I think that Stargirl's compassion can be seen in a couple of critical moments in the narrative. The...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 12:44 pm UTC

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The narrator of Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl is Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica Area High School. Leo explains that when he moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona at age twelve, his Uncle Pete gave him his...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 4:31 am UTC

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In Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, conformity is a central theme. When Stargirl, an unusual free spirit, is the new girl at an Arizona high school, the gossip begins immediately. Students are confused...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 11:39 pm UTC

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I think that "Stargirl" becomes an ideal name for Susan because it represents her ability to transcend what is into what should be. The "star" represents something that cannot be held or...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2012 3:56 am UTC

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Kevin is Leo's friend and host of the high school's interview show called Hot Seat. He is a typical Mica Area High School student because he conforms to the norms and unspoken rules of what is...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 1:01 am UTC

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The porcupine necktie is Leo's connection to his past. When his family was preparing to move from Pennsylvania to Arizona, Leo's beloved Uncle Phil, who was fond of porcupine neckties, came to bid...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013 11:39 am UTC

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Different readers will probably feel a bit differently about exactly why people like Stargirl are important members of any community. One major reason someone like Stargirl is important to have in...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 2:28 am UTC

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"I wobbled through the rest of the day. A baseball bat could not have hit me harder than that smile did. I was sixteen years old. In that time, how many thousands of smiles had been aimed at...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

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Stargirl was scheduled to go on the Hot Seat show on the day before Valentine's Day (February 13th) of her sophomore year. As Leo, the narrator, explains in Chapter 1, Hot Seat is a television show...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016 3:54 pm UTC

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Hillari Kimble is famous for her mouth, The Hoax, and Wayne Parr. The hoax involved cheerleading, where Hillari broke all of the rules and social conventions of high school and made herself...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2014 12:53 am UTC

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Leo Borlock is the narrator of Jerry Spinelli's novel entitled Stargirl. Leo first becomes aware of Stargirl Caraway in chapter one of the novel. His friend Kevin hints at it, asking him "Did you...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

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In chapter eighteen, Leo realizes that everyone at school is giving him and Stargirl the silent treatment. This bothers him, so in chapter nineteen, he goes to Archie for advice. Archie is a...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 2:47 am UTC

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