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Alex Gino

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Image credit: By Christoph Rieger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Alex Gino on September 15, 2016 in front of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin during their participation at the section International Children´s and Young Adult Literature of the 16th International Literature Festival Berlin.

Works by Alex Gino

Melissa (2015) 1,989 copies, 275 reviews
Rick (2020) 285 copies, 12 reviews
You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! (2018) 205 copies, 16 reviews
Alice Austen Lived Here (2022) 73 copies, 1 review
Green (2023) 26 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (2018) — Contributor — 164 copies, 3 reviews
This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (2021) — Contributor — 141 copies, 3 reviews
The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce (2019) — Contributor — 112 copies, 3 reviews

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To be honest, I kind of skimmed this one. I thought it was a good story, I like seeing NB kids at the center of it, and it felt friendly to readers -- short, good sized fonts, direct storytelling. That said, if the kids attempting to read it are not from New York, and are not Queer and are not familiar with ideas like fat activism, I think a whole lot of the book will go over their heads. And a lot of kids are in that boat -- where they don't have the context to enjoy the story. Middle school? Maybe. Elementary school? probably a stretch, but possibly they will end up using it as a jumping off point to learn more. I enjoyed learning about Alice Austen very much, myself.… (more)
 
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jennybeast | Jul 11, 2024 |
This book was beautiful, heart wrenching, and all kinds of wonderful. Every kid (and every adult) should read this book.
 
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ddallegretto | 274 other reviews | Jul 4, 2024 |
{My Thoughts} – Any child that has ever questioned whether they are truly a boy or a girl should read this book. It’s thought provoking, it’s brilliantly written and it touches base on a topic often overlooked in books.

George is a ten year old boy that believes he’s a girl. At school they have a play and he auditions for a girl part, his teacher not being understanding makes him feel uncomfortable. It takes him awhile to come to terms and tell his best friend Kelly. Then he tells his mom and his brother. In the end he finally feels like he belongs in his own skin.

This book is one way in which a transgender child can learn to accept them self. It’s one way in which they can gain they understanding that it’s okay to be different, that society can adapt. This book is one I think every child should read. Transgender, gay, bisexual, etc. Whatever they are, even straight I think it could help them gain an understanding of how not everyone is meant to be the person they were born to be and that’s okay.

This book made it seem fairly easy to come out, in reality for George it may have been easier then one would think, but he still dealt with a rude teacher, bullies, an upset parent, understanding sibling, teacher and best friend. It’s hard to determine what others will think in such a situation, but I’d hope that most would have the common sense to be nice and accepting. Those that are different have it hard enough without others adding problems they don’t need to have to deal with.

This is a must read book by all definitions and I highly recommend it. I especially recommend it for all children that aren’t comfortable with who they are and think they are different or know they are different.
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Zapkode | 274 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My Thoughts} – Any child that has ever questioned whether they are truly a boy or a girl should read this book. It’s thought provoking, it’s brilliantly written and it touches base on a topic often overlooked in books.

George is a ten year old boy that believes he’s a girl. At school they have a play and he auditions for a girl part, his teacher not being understanding makes him feel uncomfortable. It takes him awhile to come to terms and tell his best friend Kelly. Then he tells his mom and his brother. In the end he finally feels like he belongs in his own skin.

This book is one way in which a transgender child can learn to accept them self. It’s one way in which they can gain they understanding that it’s okay to be different, that society can adapt. This book is one I think every child should read. Transgender, gay, bisexual, etc. Whatever they are, even straight I think it could help them gain an understanding of how not everyone is meant to be the person they were born to be and that’s okay.

This book made it seem fairly easy to come out, in reality for George it may have been easier then one would think, but he still dealt with a rude teacher, bullies, an upset parent, understanding sibling, teacher and best friend. It’s hard to determine what others will think in such a situation, but I’d hope that most would have the common sense to be nice and accepting. Those that are different have it hard enough without others adding problems they don’t need to have to deal with.

This is a must read book by all definitions and I highly recommend it. I especially recommend it for all children that aren’t comfortable with who they are and think they are different or know they are different.
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CrimsonSoul | 274 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |

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