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STARGIRL BY JERRY SPINELLI: LIT NOTES / TEACHING GUIDE
The following morning Leo discovered a valentine. It had been given
to him by Stargirl.
Stargirl found it possible to not cheer for the opposing team. But,
for her it was not possible to ignore the suffering of a player on the
The next day at school, Leo researched whether Stargirl had given everyone a valentine. She had given them to her homeroom, but not to the whole school. This disconcerted Leo. He became even more unsettled when Stargirl came toward him at the end of lunchtime saying “Hi, Leo.” He remained disturbed the rest of the day.
The following day, a Saturday, in the morning, Leo joined a group of students on Archie’s porch. Archie knew what he wanted to talk about, a skull. The students knew what they had to talk about. The discussion centered on the students’ concerns. They discussed the loss and the tomato.
At the end of the gathering, Archie brought the conversation back to
the ancient skull that he was holding. That fellow had also lost. He had
lost more than a game. He had lost the race for survival.
Leo was not in Stargirl’s homeroom. By giving him a valentine anyway,
she showed that he was special to her.
On Monday Stargirl approached Leo with the goal of getting him to thank her for the valentine. He did. That made her smile a smile that was better than any smile he could ever remember receiving.
After school, while he was trying to locate Stargirl, he found out that she had been kicked of the cheerleading squad. The girls who he overheard gossiping about this noticed him and called him “Starboy.” This pleased him.
That night Leo walked to Stargirl’s house. It was two miles away from his house. But, he walked anyway because he wanted to approach it slowly. Once he reached the house he walked around near it for awhile. When he was near the front door, it suddenly opened and he ducked out of sight by the side of a car. Stargirl started talking to him without getting close to him. She sent Cinnamon over to him to get personal.
After they talked for awhile, she decided to go back into the house.
When Leo finally got out of his squatting position, he had trouble standing
Leo is definitely in love.
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