George by Alex Gino


George
Title : George
Author :
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ISBN : 0545812542
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 195

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.


George Reviews


  • Rick Riordan

    Middle grade contemporary fiction This is a sweet, poignant novel about an elementary school student named George, who was born a boy but knows in her heart that she is a girl When the chance comes to do the school s yearly production of Charlotte s Web, George knows that she wants to be Charlotte, the wise and kind mother spider, but will taking the role force her to reveal about her true self than she is ready to share This is a fast read, great for giving elementary kids a glimpse of w Middle grade contemporary fiction This is a sweet, poignant novel about an elementary school student named George, who was born a boy but knows in her heart that she is a girl When the chance comes to do the school s yearly production of Charlotte s Web, George knows that she wants to be Charlotte, the wise and kind mother spider, but will taking the role force her to reveal about her true self than she is ready to share This is a fast read, great for giving elementary kids a glimpse of what it s like to be a young transgender person in a world that doesn t comprehend or accept you I loved George s best friend Kelly and her music composer father I loved George s internal struggle to come out to her mom and her friend Kelly The first scene is especially well done, where George s big brother questions why she was in the bathroom with the door locked, and speculates that she was looking at girlie magazines George s brother is right, but not the way he thinks George secretly peruses the pages of Girls Life and dreams of being accepted as female Many transgender students know who they are well before puberty, as George s story makes clear I have seen this struggle with several of my own students during my time in K 8 schools This is a timely and important topic, and not something schools can pretend to ignore until kids are old enough to know about this sort of thing In my humble opinion, it s never too soon to be accepting and inclusive George would make an interesting comparative book study with Gracefully Grayson, also about a young transgender girl using a school play as a means of revealing her true self The books are very different, but both tackle an important issue with sympathy and grace

  • Emily May

    George stopped It was such a short, little question, but she couldn t make her mouth form the sounds.Mom, what if I m a girl This might be the most important novel released this year George is a sensitive, honest, and much needed story about a girl who biologically was born as a boy The simplicity of the story makes it even emotional Alex Gino never tries too hard to turn this book into a lesson, and there is no attempt to make us cry, but personally I think the subtle sadness George stopped It was such a short, little question, but she couldn t make her mouth form the sounds.Mom, what if I m a girl This might be the most important novel released this year George is a sensitive, honest, and much needed story about a girl who biologically was born as a boy The simplicity of the story makes it even emotional Alex Gino never tries too hard to turn this book into a lesson, and there is no attempt to make us cry, but personally I think the subtle sadness, frustration and loneliness of George s tale is what makes it so incredibly powerful and moving.It s an important subject, but like all great stories, this novel s strength comes not from what it is about, but how it is told One might think a first person narrative would make us feel closer to George and her story, but the clever third person narration immediately introduces George in female pronouns a fact that completely changes the way we read the book George is not a boy wanting to be a girl, but a girl in a world where no one else can see it It s an important distinction.George is a middle grade book, but that didn t put me off in the slightest It follows George as she longs to play Charlotte in her school play but is told she cannot even audition for the part because she is a boy But she knows that she s a girl And she wants than anything for the rest of the world to see it.The story is sad and eye opening partly because of the bullying George endures, but even so because of her loving mom s inability to understand You will always be my little boy, and that will never change Even when you grow up to be an old man, I will still love you as my son Though, ultimately, this is not a depressing book It s a heartwarming tale about learning to accept who you are, and it also educates the reader It tells other Georges out there that they are not alone, that they have options, and that there is a support network available to them We should be giving this book to all children male, female, transgender, intersex, genderqueer, or otherwise.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest

  • Wendy Darling

    This year, only two books have made me cry so hard I had to stop reading This was one of them.But it s not because it s sad it s actually a sweet, hopeful book filled with the ordinary joys of childhood It s the understanding of how isolated the Georges of the world must feel, and the hope that every single one of us takes the time to listen, to understand, to be supportive, and to be kind Review to come.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    I honestly could not give this book any less than 5 stars It was beautiful and heartwarming I felt so much for George and really connected to her This book is just so important, and whilst as a middle grade this is an easy ready with a simple writing style, I think that everyone should read it.

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  • Raeleen Lemay

    I think I ll be filming a video review about this one, so I ll keep it brief This was fantastic The writing was a bit too simple for my taste it s written for children, so it makes sense but other than that it was perfect.

  • Nat

    My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book It shows compassion as well as imagination This review contains spoilers.I needed a breather after Crooked Kingdom, so George came at the perfect time for me to pick up The premise of this middle grade novel tells the story of Melissa, a ten year old girl who desperately wants to play Charlotte in her classroom s theatrical production of Charlotte s Web I want to be Charlotte, George whispered.Kelly shrugged That s cool If you My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book It shows compassion as well as imagination This review contains spoilers.I needed a breather after Crooked Kingdom, so George came at the perfect time for me to pick up The premise of this middle grade novel tells the story of Melissa, a ten year old girl who desperately wants to play Charlotte in her classroom s theatrical production of Charlotte s Web I want to be Charlotte, George whispered.Kelly shrugged That s cool If you want to be Charlotte, you should try out for Charlotte You make such a big deal out of everything Who cares if you re not really a girl George s stomach dropped She cared Tons I was rooting for her to get the part with all my heart But Ms Udell says she can t even try out for it George knew she couldn t have possibly expected to hear Ms Udell call her name Still, her heart sank She had genuinely started to believe that if people could see her onstage as Charlotte, maybe they would see that she was a girl offstage too George s best friend Kelly ends up with the part of Charlotte, the wonderful, kind spider They have a bit of a falling out over this, but fortunately drift back together after giving it some time And, above all else, a weight lifted of my shoulders when George finally had someone to be completely honest with She told Kelly about her bag of girls magazines, and about Mom taking it But that s not fair Kelly was indignant You didn t steal them What right does she have to take them from you Sometimes transgender people don t get rights George had read on the Internet about transgender people being treated unfairly That s awful I know George hatches a plan with her best friend, so that everyone can know who she is once and for all.Since there are two performances in the day Kelly could take one and George could have the other She would be Charlotte s Charlotte, deeply hidden in the shadows And by the time Ms Udell realizes it s not Kelly performing, it ll be too late George ll already be onstage and there won t be a thing she can do about it.Understandably, George was ecstatic about the idea of playing Charlotte onstage, and it was hard not to show it same for me, too.She s going to be Charlotte And George didn t disappoint at all because watching her fulfil her dream role made my heart sing My love for her is never ending Charlotte was dead, but George was alive in a way she had never imagined Also, that last chapter made my day because we finally get to see her use her private name Melissa I m really proud of her for being herself one step at a time And I seriously need some fanart of my best girlfriends, Melissa and Kelly, getting to dress up and go out to the Bronx Zoo with Kelly s uncle What if your uncle figures out I m not really a girl Melissa asked Look at you Why would he think you re anything else A for this beautiful friendship.And another thing This book made me open up my eyes and see how many unnecessary things are gendered in our lives from who got to play jump rope at recess to standing in girls and boys lines to leave class I m absolutely livid at myself that I never took notice upon this.So I m grateful that I got educated in the most honest way This book may be small, but it speaks volumes And in the short amount of pages that I got to read about Melissa, I felt like I got to know her so well I m dreaming for a sequel to come.Also, listening to this next song made my reading experience that incredible, which is saying a lot.On that note, please let me know in the comments if you have LGBTQIA book recommendations for me to read and love Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying George, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission This review and can be found on my blog

  • Lola  Reviewer

    I want to hug this book I also want to hug George Not only is this middle grade book heart warming and engaging, it s also eye opening and important Sadly, there are few books out there for children with transsexual characters, let alone main characters.This book and GRACEFULLY GRAYSON are very similar They don t read the same way exactly I enjoyed the former better , but they both deal with young transsexual characters who want desperately to be themselves but fear the reaction of others a I want to hug this book I also want to hug George Not only is this middle grade book heart warming and engaging, it s also eye opening and important Sadly, there are few books out there for children with transsexual characters, let alone main characters.This book and GRACEFULLY GRAYSON are very similar They don t read the same way exactly I enjoyed the former better , but they both deal with young transsexual characters who want desperately to be themselves but fear the reaction of others around them Still, they both muster their courage and audition for female characters in their school plays I did find this book to be enjoyable, although both of them deal with the same subject, because GEORGE is beautifully written and realistic Unlike the character in GRACEFULLY GRAYSON, George spoiler alert doesn t get the part so she has to find another way to show everyone including her mother that she is a girl, not a boy George is, of course, a darling Even if her situation frustrates her she wishes it could be easier for people like her to be who they truly are she doesn t let that depress her I was so glad she had a supportive friend by her side at all times, because I think it s very important to have someone who understands you when nobody else does Everyone deserves a good friend I read this book in two hours The writing is big and the story itself is short It s for the best, since this way the story is not repetitive and it makes us want to finish the book sooner rather than later I hope there is a copy of GEORGE in every middle school Maybe it s a wishful thought, but I at least hope someday there will be Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  • Riley

    This was so wonderful I ve said this before but I LOVE seeing LGBTQ middle grade books Society has a problem of thinking these topics are inappropriate for kids and that is so backwards and harmful This is about George Melissa, a 10 year old girl born as a boy I loved how Gino used female pronouns through the entire book This was so lovely to see, since George thought of herself as a girl Gino explained what transgender means in such a simple way for kids to understand.This book is so imp This was so wonderful I ve said this before but I LOVE seeing LGBTQ middle grade books Society has a problem of thinking these topics are inappropriate for kids and that is so backwards and harmful This is about George Melissa, a 10 year old girl born as a boy I loved how Gino used female pronouns through the entire book This was so lovely to see, since George thought of herself as a girl Gino explained what transgender means in such a simple way for kids to understand.This book is so important no matter your age I highly recommend

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Well, this was just exactly as good as everyone said it was I m so happy after finishing this.