This week on Story Effect, Abigail Perry talks to Literary Agent Maria Vicente about two stories with timeless themes and characters that have stuck with Maria since she was 12 years old. Featuring Jerry Spinelli’s New York Times bestseller Stargirl (the film adaption recently produced by and featured on Disney+) and the film Josie and the Pussycats, Maria explores how these stories unravel some universal experiences in life, like teenagers learning how to stay true to themselves in a society urging them to conform, and how female friendships are just as valuable and complicated as romantic relationships.
Maria also shares information about one of her favorite mediums to represent: graphic novels–and other books she loves to represent.
Email Abigail at abigailkperry [AT] gmail [DOT] com to continue the conversation, and don’t forget to check out Maria’s website for more information on her and her client’s creative works.
Want to read Stargirl? Purchase it on Amazon or your local bookstore, and then check out the film adaption on Disney+.
A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.
Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.
Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
Have you seen Josie and the Pussycats?
Interested in some other topics discussed in this episode? Explore these resources for your own creative journey.
- Maria Vicente: Learn more about Maria’s work and the clients (and their books) she represents on her website.
- Buy Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger for a fun and educational graphic novel.
- Want to learn more about P.S. Literary Agency? Visit their website here.
- Intro Music: “Open Those Bright Eyes” by Kevin MacLeod, edited for this podcast’s intro and closing. License: Creative Commons