Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


Written by Jerry Spinelli

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An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order not to be different. It’s a real breath of fresh air and the message from it to everyone is that it’s better to be different and have an individuality. It’s a life-changing and thought-provoking read that will touch all who read it whatever their age.


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

She's as magical as the desert sky. As mysterious as her own name. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from. But everyone loves her for being different. And she captures Leo's heart with just one smile. Stargirl is a classic of our time that celebrates being true to ourselves and the thrill of first love.

A life-changing read that touches souls of all ages.


"An unforgettable, magical fairytale." Newcastle Evening Chronicle

“This is going to be huge and it deserves to be” The Guardian

“An original high-school drama that blasts through teenage love of conformity.” The Sunday Times

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli is a well known American children’s author specializing in novels written for and about early adolescence and winner of the Prestigious American Book Award, the Newbery Medal. In 1977 he married his 'stargirl' wife Eileen Mesi and is the father of 6 children.

Jerry first decided he wanted to become a writer at the age of 16, when his high school football team won a big game. He wrote a poem about this, and the next day the poem was published in the local newspaper. His passion for writing remained although it wasn't until much later that he was first published in book form. Since then his books have been a massive hit in the US but yet to hit the big time here in the UK. So here's your chance to grab a bit of Spinelli - your teenage children will thank you for the introduction.

He's loved by the media as much as he's loved by the reader in the US. Here are just a few of his glowing plaudits:

‘Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A poetic, allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity.’
New York Times Book Review

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

7th April 2016




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