It’s possible I have a tiny little hint of a whiff of a speck of whisper of an obsession with a book called Stargirl. It’s just that Jerry Spinelli does everything right in this book. He makes a character so beautiful (and beautifully flawed, though it’s hard to see it when you’re reading the story–at least it was for me) that she’s far and away the most memorable and admirable character I’ve ever read. On top of that, the writing is heart-warming and magnetic at the same time. There’s magic and realism but you couldn’t call magic realism. For me, it’s the perfect YA book. I don’t know how to define story, but I know this is it. Much like you when  you look at a painting, you don’t know how to explain it’s Art, but you know when you see it, that’s Art. As I told Steph in an interview over at Hey! Teenager Of The Year, this book, Stargirl, made me want to write YA.

Not too long ago a good friend of mine got a chance to meet Jerry Spinelli and his wife Eileen, who is also a writer, and who (I’ve heard) is the inspiration for the character Stargirl. Then all of a sudden, on Twitter, this friend (oh, fine, it’s Berk) starts posting pictures of them all meeting each other and I may have been a wee bit jealous and BAM! There’s a photo of a signed copy of the book that says, “To Jody.”

Kind of made my day.

So, I had to post this:

As you can see, I’m happy. But it bears repeating. This book makes me happy. Thanks, Berk.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

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