What if you broke all social rules and did whatever made you feel happy . . . even at school?
What if you didn't focus on winning or being the best, but on making other people feel good?
How many people have the courage to be different?
An incredibly powerful illustration of a character who refuses to conform, seen through the eyes of a different character who is a prisoner to societal expectations. This book addresses the fascination with and magnetic pull of people who create their own paths, and also the ready criticism and social punishment large groups wield against those who are different.
The vocabulary in this book is challenging, and that, combined with its secondary school setting, make it a natural fit for middle school readers. The content is appropriate for advanced fifth grade readers.
**See the Stargirl Resource Page for a set of Discussion Questions and a Readers' Guide to this book**
"Just two weeks before, I had found out she knew my name, and now I was loopy with love . . . in school I was a yellow balloon, smiling and lazy, floating above the classrooms."
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