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Stargirl – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. After Leo’s dad dies, he has to start at a new school. The kids there make fun of him and destroy his favorite tie. How do you think this made him feel? Have you ever felt like that when starting at a new school?
    CAREGIVER NOTE: Children who have been through foster care often have experienced at least one (often more) placement disruptions and this often comes with changing schools sometimes in the middle of the year. They likely can relate to the way Leo feels and this is an opportunity to discuss bullying- what to do if they’re ever a victim of it or if they see it happening to someone else. This can also be an opportunity to discuss how to be welcoming to new classmates, so they don’t feel like Leo. This bullying has an even deeper impact on Leo because…[Read Full Guide – Premium Members Only]

About the Author: Jenn Ehlers

Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.

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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

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