Monday, February 04, 2008
On the plane back from Swaziland I read Stargirl. This is a teen fiction story by Newberry Award winning author Jerry Spinelli. The story is an awesome discussion of the stress between loving 2 masters. Leo the narrator finds himself straddled between the book's namesake and the rest of the high school establishment. The book's tension is perfect in the fact that Leo soon learns that he CAN NOT choose both.
Stargirl is a free spirit who spends her time watching for ways to bring joy to others. Her efforts are often marginalized, rebuked, and ultimately rejected to the point that both she and Leo become shunned by the larger high school community.
When my oldest daughter gets a little older I can't wait to read this with her.