When Leo Borlock’s father died, he and his mom moved to a new town. At his new school he was
bullied and beaten up. Leo meets his friend Kevin Singh, a member of the A.V. club, and they start
hosting an interview show. At school, a quirky but interesting girl, Stargirl makes an impression on Leo
when she sings “Happy Birthday” to him on a ukulele in the cafeteria. Later at a losing football game, Stargirl performs a song, “Be True to Your School”, that energizes the team, and they almost get their first win. Stargirl becomes the school good luck charm. Kevin and Leo invite her onto their show, but she politely declines. However, She begins hanging out with Leo and tries to get him to come out of his shell. Once close with them Stargirl appears on his show. She reveals a big secret about herself. The audience of students turns on her when and Stargirl runs off in tears Leo suggests that she start acting like everyone else, so she starts wearing clothes like her classmates. Stargirl goes on to win many trophies, but no one at school praises her. After some negative reactions about her new look Stargirl decides that being like everyone else betrays her identity. Leo apologizes to Stargirl about forcing her to dull her sparkle. Stargirl sends Leo her collection of records, a record player and an invite for a “big surprise” at the dance. When
Leo arrives, Stargirl reveals her surprise: him singing in front of everyone. Leo reluctantly gets up and performs his and his father’s favorite song, “Just What I Needed”, leading everyone to dance in the courtyard. Leo will never forget what Stargirl did for him that day.
Questions to Ask Your Child:
- Stargirl is unique in the way she dresses, how she acts, and who she is. The whole school loves her because she is not afraid to be herself. How do you express yourself? What makes you special?
- When Leo tells Stargirl to just act like everyone else how did that make Stargirl feel?
- Leo, Kevin, and Stargirl are all very involved at school. They all tried something new when they tried out for speech. Is there something you would like to try at school?