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George (2015)

by Alex Gino

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This is a very brave book considering its targeted reader – I think it’s meant to be middle-grade level? I really liked its message about accepting who you are. It’s the story of a ten-year-old trans girl who wants to play Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web in the school play. It was a sweet story told with sensitivity and honesty. ( )
  RealLifeReading | Jan 31, 2019 |
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. publisher
  jhennessy627 | Jan 28, 2019 |
Being transgender is an important topic and I liked the voice of George/Melissa. However, some of the language makes me uneasy about putting it in our grade 4/5 school library, even though it's listed as grades 3 to 7. For example, while taking a bath, George "tried not to think about what was between her legs, but there it was, bobbing in front of her." The novel is beautifully written, but could have clearly made its point without notations such as that one. For that reason, it's suited more toward middle grade, but since George is a fourth grader, students may not want to read about someone younger. So I guess I'm confused as to the audience. I'm reluctant to give this book to a child with its references to "balls" that have George dreading "when boys talked about what was in her underpants." I think an opportunity was missed here to introduce intermediate grades to what it means to tell your family and best friend that you do not identify with the gender assigned you at birth. Without mentioning "porn" and such, this book could have been for grades 3 to 5, with sequels following George/Melissa through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. I'll recommend it to students who are going through something similar or are genuinely interested, but I'm sad to say I can't put it on our general shelves. And that's not like me. I usually fight for a book's right to be seen by all. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jan 27, 2019 |
A transgender kid story. Simply great ( )
  lucaconti | Jan 24, 2019 |
Alex Gino reaffirms what most of us have been told all of our lives, "be who you are". George is a profoundly human story told in a simple manner that will evoke feelings of compassion, joy, anger, and triumph among adults and children alike. I loved this book and found myself stopping to re-read passages as I often felt waves of real feelings for this young woman as she navigates through a body that she doesn't feel at home in. This book is extraordinary and will no doubt have a profound impact on all readers. ( )
  NDeBlieux | Jan 22, 2019 |
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George pulled a silver house key out of the smallest pocket of a large red backpack.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545812542, Hardcover)

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.  

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:28 -0400)

"When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all" --… (more)

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