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Love, Stargirl    by Jerry Spinelli order for
Love, Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
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Knopf, 2007 (2007)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Stargirl makes special the things that surround her, as is her gift, but since her move to Pennsylvania, she is more vulnerable than ever. Her heart is back in Arizona with Leo. She tells what happens after her family's move by writing the world's longest letter to Leo.

In Pennsylvania, Stargirl is once again being homeschooled by her mother. Her quaint neighborhood is filled with colorful eccentrics ignored by society. Stargirl offers friendship to: Betty Lou who is afraid to leave her trailer home; Dootsie, a five-year-old girl who calls herself a human bean; feisty Alvina who delivers donuts; Charlie, a lonely man who misses his dead wife so much his life is standing still; and Perry, a popular bad boy thief. At first this mismatched group of friends have only one connection, their eventual devotion to Stargirl.

Although she still pines for Leo, Stargirl isn't immune to bad boy Perry Delloplane's charisma. Will she be forced to choose between the two even if it's only in her mind?

If you fell in love with Stargirl when Spinelli introduced her in the novel Stargirl, you'll want to know what happens to this special free spirit when she is forced to cope with losing Leo and her beloved Arizona desert, and finding new friends in Pennsylvania.

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