Stargirl is the story of Leo Borlock and Susan "Stargirl" Caraway, two students at Mica High School in small-town Arizona. Mica is a staid and conformity-driven environment, and the arrival of the homeschooled Stargirl shakes things up in a variety of ways. The story deals with the school's rejection of Stargirl, her attempts to assimilate, and her fledgling romance with Leo. At the close of the novel Stargirl leaves and the two break up, feeling confused and unsure about their futures and their places in society.
Maniac Magee is a children's novel that tells the story of Jeffrey Magee, an orphan who has been raised in the foster care system. When he runs away from his foster parents, determined to find his true home, he ends up in the town of Two Mills. Here he is taken in by a black family, the Beales, which ignites racial tension in the town. Over the course of the story, one boy's search for home becomes a touching story about the ties that bind us together and the importance of overcoming prejudice.