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Synopsis:

Read by John Ritter

Approx. 4h rs. 25 mins.

3 cassettes

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High and everything changes--for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music enchanting the Mica student body. But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift and Stargirl is shunned for everything that maker her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlick has tumbled into love with her.

About the Author

Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote “Goal to Go,” a poem about the games defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times-Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer.

After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but childrens publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of childrens books.

Spinellis hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in My Yo-Yo String, as well as in his fiction. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home

state of Pennsylvania in a book, while Maniac Magee is set in a fictional town based on his

own hometown.

When asked if he does research for his writing, Spinelli says: “The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first 15 years of my life turned out to be one big research project. I thought I was simply growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania; looking back now I can see that I was also gathering material that would one day find its way into my books.”

On inspiration, the author says: “Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey.”

Spinelli lives with his wife and fellow writer, Eileen, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. While they write in separate rooms of the house, the couple edits and celebrates one anothers work. Their six children have given Jerry Spinelli a plethora of clever material for his writing.

Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal. His latest novel, Stargirl, was a New York Times bestseller and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739338971
Author:
Spinelli, Jerry
Publisher:
Listening Library
Read by:
Ritter, John
Read:
Ritter, John
Author:
Ritter, John H.
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Individuality
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Four CD
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.12x5.65x.97 in. .34 lbs.
Media Run Time:
265
Age Level:
10-13

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"Synopsis" by , Read by John Ritter

Approx. 4h rs. 25 mins.

3 cassettes

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High and everything changes--for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music enchanting the Mica student body. But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift and Stargirl is shunned for everything that maker her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlick has tumbled into love with her.

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