George, by Alex Gino

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George, by Alex Gino

George is a boy with a secret: on the inside, George is a girl. She manages to hide her secret most of the time, but it makes her miserable. Her class is planning a play of the classic story, Charlotte’s Web, and George wants nothing more than to audition for the part. She loves Charlotte, feeling a special connection to the character. But the role of Charlotte is a girl’s part, and George isn’t even sure she will be considered. Family, friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators all play a role in the drama that is George’s life as she tries to become a part of the class play. This is a beautiful story, delicately told from George’s point of view. The message is not heavy handed or preachy, rather, this story is like any other story of a young person trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into the world. Which, I believe, is exactly the point.

This title is on a sensitive subject, but it is very well handled. Suitable for grades 4 and up, this is a book I highly recommend.

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One response to “George, by Alex Gino

  1. This book looks interesting; I am always open to stories about the transgendered experience. If you like these kinds of gender identity/ coming of age stories, I recommend the film “Ma Vie En Rose” (My Life in Pink,) but cautiously, as it is very sad. The boy actor in this movie (Georges du Fresne) does an amazing job! For the GLBTQ content alone, it will only be a matter of time til this book “George” is challenged 😛

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