Published by Scholastic Press on August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
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.
If you’ve been reading my blog for the last year, you know that I’ve been super into adult romance lately, which has been absolutely wonderful. But, I do love books for children, which is a good thing as I am a children’s librarian. I had not read a children’s chapter book in so long, so I decided to pick one up. George by Alex Gino was an amazing book that I recommend to everyone.
George is about a young kid who knows she’s a girl, but everyone else thinks of her as a boy. Although George knows she’s a girl, she’s never told anyone this, and it’s weighing on her so much. When her fourth-grade class puts on a play of Charlotte’s Web, George desperately wants to play Charlotte, but her teacher won’t let her because she sees George as a boy.
At under 200 pages, George packs a punch, and gave me so much to think about. This is an emotional one, and I was teary-eyed through a lot of the book. Gino made it so easy to understand why playing Charlotte meant so much to George. It was so hard for her, knowing that she’s a girl with absolute certainty, but being too scared to tell anyone. I felt so much for George, and my emotions were all over the place, knowing that she would have to deal with a lot for her whole life.
George is a wonderful book that every one should read. It makes you think about a lot of things, and would be a fantastic book club book (for children and adults). I think the book just really encourages people to be empathetic and understanding, which is what makes reading so great in the first place. And, especially important, this is a wonderful book for kids who are in the same situation as George is.
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