Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
rating: 4 of 5 stars
SPOILER! Not as good as Maniac Magee, but I can see the similarities. This is told by Leo, a high school student who is torn between loving Stargirl and her quirky, upbeat ways, and wanting her to change them to be more like the other kids. She wavers from being an outcast to being popular more than once, and although I can understand Leo's POV (to a point), the motivation of the mob isn't obvious. Maybe I went to a more accepting HS than that.