How does the author make us identify with Stargirl in Chapter 6?

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This is kind of cute to everyone but Hillari Kimble; Stargirl finds a loophole in her birthday request to NOT be sung to.  She wanders the lunchroom as she usually does, but instead of stopping in front of Hillari, she and her ukelele head over to Leo, who she declares later is cute, and sings the happy birthday song to him--with Hillari's name in its place.  It's the kind of loophole that many intelligent teenagers would find in a simple request, and it's not surprising that the humorless Hillari is not amused with the purposely misdirected serenade.  Although they might be afraid to show it outwardly, many of the students like Stargirl and quietly admire her fearless individuality.  Spinelli has touched on a theme here that is similar to one found in Gordon Korman's book, Schooled, about a teenager who was raised on a commune until one day being placed in a public school:  many kids, while not nervy enough to admit it, secretly admire kids who are different, even as they might openly show disdain to earn the approval of their fellow, insecure peers. 

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