Book club with Avalon: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

My 10 year old daughter Avalon is an avid reader. She stays on top of current trends and manages to find the latest and greatest books. What is really amazing to watch is how she can disappear into another world and consume a book in one afternoon.

I did the same when I was young so I step lightly around her. Offer her snacks and water regularly. Wait patiently for her to emerge from whatever adventure she has been on. It is an incredible thing to love a story so much it feels real.

As a series we will be doing “Book Club with Avalon”. My 10 year old will review books as she reads them to share with you. Maybe this will help you find stories to share with your little ones or even yourself!

This afternoon she polished off Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Here is what she had to say about it:

First off, did you like the book?

Duuuhhhh, of course I did! Best book ever. Period.

What is the book/plot about?

Alright, so there is this boy and he is in high school. There is a new kid, her name is Stargirl. She comes into the school and she is a bit of an oddball. She has rat named Cinnamon that she always brings to school on her shoulder. She has a ukulele and sings Happy Birthday to random people.

So the story is about them meeting?

Ya, meeting. … and kissy kissy, ugh.

Who is your favorite character?

Senor Saguaro! He is a cactus

Describe the main characters:

Leo: the boy. He is a bit shy and afraid to step out into new territory.

Stargirl: An oddball.

Archie: He is like a paleontologist. He runs this little club. He doesn’t have any children of his own so he teaches other children.

Cinnamon: He is a rat.

What is the main theme of the book?

Follow your dreams.

What is the most memorable moment?

When Stargirl takes Leo to her enchanted place.

Did the ending satisfy you?


If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?

How do you make it not make sense but also make so much sense??