Chapter 20 and Chapter 21 Summary
Several times a week, the latest basketball scores are posted on the roadrunner board in the courtyard as teams progress toward the state championship game. Glendale’s scores are always a source of bitterness to Mica High students as their rival continues to win. Another winner is Stargirl. She won the district oratorical contest and is going to compete in Phoenix at the state tournament on the third Friday in April. When the announcement is made in school, Leo wants to cheer but does not. Some actually boo.
In preparation for the competition, Stargirl practices alone in the desert and in front of Leo and Cinnamon. Her speech is constantly changing as she thinks of new things to say. In fact, it is less like a speech than a natural outpouring of her love for the world around her. The couple also bikes and walks, and Stargirl teaches Leo how to enjoy simple things and to laugh. She is always seeing things Leo does not until she shows him. He sees them but needs her to show him why they matter. The color of a door, an old man wearing an American flag lapel pin, bugs on the ground, and more.
Soon Leo is seeing things, too, and it becomes a contest. Leo shares that he wants to be a TV director; Stargirl wants to be a silver-lunch-truck driver because she wants to make people happy. One day she buys a small potted violet for someone who has a loved one in the hospital and decorates it with a bit of lavender ribbon. When Leo asks why she never signs her name to these gifts, she is surprised at the thought. Getting recognition is not something she cares about. Suddenly Leo realizes the porcupine tie he received so many years ago came from her and asks where she found it. Stargirl smiles and tells him her mother made it.
Each weekend and some evenings, they deliver all kinds of things around town. The cards are drawn with simple stick figures but are clearly heartfelt. Leo finally gets Stargirl to tell him how she seems to know everything going on in strangers’ lives. She reads the newspaper: the obituaries, the hospital admissions, the birth and wedding announcements, the police notices, and the calendar of upcoming events. What she really loves, though, are the “fillers”—the items too short for articles but which give interesting tidbits about all kinds of people. Stargirl also listens to the gossip at the beauty salon and reads the notices posted on bulletin...
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