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George by Alex Gino

George (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Alex Gino (Author)

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"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)
Authors:Alex Gino (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2015), 208 pages
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This is a very important book. Everyone should buy it, read it, share it. George is a wonderfully sympathetic character and the resolution is very satisfying.

However, I can't say it's a very good book. The writing is very explain-y, and few (none?) of the characters aside from George are fully rounded. The one possible exception is the bully's sidekick, who does seem conflicted. If this were a book from multiple perspectives, I suspect his would be very interesting. We have had some nicely layered and nuanced books about Kids Who Are Different for the upper elementary crowd in the last few years, and I think we are making progress in all sorts of representation. George is an important part of that, but it is neither layered nor nuanced.

Nonetheless, this is an important book, and a fine one, and should be read widely. Don't yell at me. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
George is a controversial story but a good one. It is a bout a transgender girl named George, she was born a boy but whats everyone to view her as a girl. The main problem in the story is george fears what her mother would say or think if she told her, her secret, George's brother already knows the truth and so does a school friend of hers. George's mother finds out when she attends the school play and George performs as charlotte in charlottes web. George's mother was very confused and when they got home George tells her that she is a girl, which at first her mother did not understand and didnt want to accept. At the end however george and her mother attend counseling classes to help them deal with this new lifestyle. ( )
  D.Patzan | Dec 9, 2019 |
"George" is a book about a young child who was born a boy but identifies as a girl. She struggles to truly express who she really is in front of family, friends, and teachers. In today's day and age i believe that this book should be read and discussed about. ( )
  JPham4 | Nov 26, 2019 |
One sentence theme: 4th graders, trans youth experience
Plot summary: Fourth grader, George, struggles with how to present herself as a girl to her family and friends.
Personal response: More books like this need to be put on the shelves with librarians having the courage to give book talks about them without fear of parental or administrative pushback.
Curricular connections: Character analysis, theater, fourth grade experience
  Lynnea.West | Nov 12, 2019 |
One sentence theme: Showing who you really are on the inside is hard, but with the support of friends and family it’s easier to let the whole world know who you truly are.

Plot summary: George is a fourth grade boy who knows deep in her heart that she is really a girl named Melissa. She has resigned herself to being seen as a boy by the outside world until her best friend encourages her to audition for the part of Charlotte in her class production of Charlotte’s Web. The audition doesn’t really go well, and between his teacher’s incredulity at trying out for a girls part and a bully at school, things just seem to be getting worse. George begins to find moments of courage that lead to telling her best friend and mom how she really views herself. It takes a bit of time, but after an incredible surprise performance as Charlotte made possible by her best friend, George is finally ready to try presenting herself as she sees herself during a trip to the zoo.

Personal response: I thought this was a lovely and sweet story that helps the reader walk through one possible journey towards becoming who you truly are. I’ve never read any books about transgendered individuals before, but found this to be a great introduction. I was surprised in so many ways at how supportive George’s best friend was once the realization set in that this person she was close to was really more like her than she had ever known. Interestingly enough, this realization doesn’t really change anything about their relationship, as it simply put a name on some intangible element of their relationship that they were already comfortable with.

Curricular connections: This would be a great book to integrate social emotional learning into the classroom. Students could discuss what it’s like to keep secrets from friends, family, and other people around them. They could think about a time they had a big secret they wanted to share, but just couldn’t figure out how to get it out. What does holding that secret inside do to your mind, emotions, and body? ( )
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George pulled a silver house key out of the smallest pocket of a large red backpack.
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