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STARGIRL: LITERATURE SUMMARY / LITERARY CRITICISM
As days became weeks, Stargirl wore many other outfits to school. And, she continued to sing to students on their birthdays. She was friendly to whoever was passing by. She joined the cross-country racing team, but was dropped when she did not complete a race.
Leo thought a lot about Stargirl, especially at night in the moonlight.
It was during such a time that Leo decided that Stargirl was indeed real.
While, in the beginning, most of the students were not sure whether or not they liked Stargirl, Hilari knew from the beginning that she did not like her. Why was this? Perhaps she did not want someone else getting attention.
Stargirl did receive a lot of attention. But, drawing attention to herself
did not seem to be her goal.
Kevin became unhappy with Leo. Leo could not decide whether or not he wanted to sign up Stargirl for their Hot Seat show. It was Leo’s job to sign up new people for the Hot Seat. After they were signed up, Kevin researched them. But, Leo had to take that first step, the sign-up.
Leo had a difficult time explaining his reservations about putting Stargirl on the Hot Seat. He heard rumors about her, most of them very creative. For example, one said that she was an alien.
But, what Leo knew to be true about her was also strange. Stargirl brought a curtain to each class and put it on her desk, like a table cloth. She positioned a vase with a daisy in it on the cloth. At the end of class, she removed the curtain and the vase and took them to her next class. She did many other strange things, like laughing when a joke had not been told.
Completely fascinated with her, one day Leo followed Stargirl when she
left school. She led him around the town. At one place, after checking
the address against a piece of paper she was carrying, Stargirl dropped
something into a mailbox. Leo put his hand in the mailbox and pulled out
an unsigned card with the word “Congratulations” on it. Eventually, she
led him out of town and then off the highway. They never did reach a final
destination. As nighttime overcame them, Leo turned back toward the highway
and went home.
Leo was more thoughtful than most of the students. He had a strong desire and curiosity to understand Stargirl, to find out why she was like she was. He wanted to withhold judgment until he knew more.
Stargirl left an unsigned card at someone’s house. This was like the tie that
someone had left at Leo’s house years earlier.
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