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Product Details

  • Series: Amateau, Gigi
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,200,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Having been told that her mother is dead, 12-year-old Georgia Tate Jamison has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the warm embrace of her maternal grandparents. When her mostly absent father demands that she vacation with him and his new wife, Sissy, in Florida, Reverend and Mrs. Tate reluctantly allow him to assert his parental rights. Soon, Georgia calls her grandmother for rescue from her father's sexual advances. The Tates come for her immediately, but neither Georgia nor her grandmother can bring herself to tell anyone else what has happened. Then the girl learns that her mother is not dead, but has left after being discharged from an insane asylum, and Nana suddenly passes away. Believing he is doing the right thing, Grandfather Tate sends her to be with her father. Infuriated by the obvious sexual seduction, Sissy kicks them out, and Georgia finds herself in a filthy apartment, hoping her father will get drunk enough each night to leave her alone. As she is more severely sexually battered, Tamika, a transvestite, helps her. Amateau offers numerous well-developed characters including positive male role models in her grandfather and an unlikely ex-con who befriends her on the bus. The '70s social pecking order seen through Georgia's eyes is unvarnished and truthful. From the smell of the fish frying at home to the feasts offered at summer revivals, this novel is very Southern, yet universal in essence. Encompassing terrible things, this is still a story of faith and differing facets of individual spirituality. A moving first offering.–Cindy Darling Codell, formerly at Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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"Encompassing terrible things, this is still a story of faith and differing facets of individual spirituality. A moving first offering." -- Cindy Darling Codell, School Library Journal

"I was hooked on the first page and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. Then I read it again." -- Judy Blume

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to children 12 and over.
Sabby
Through everything that goes on Georgia Tate doesn't seem to know much of anything nor does she ask questions or seem curious about much.
Claudia Rouse
It's beautifully written, and the characters are vivid and compelling.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc Leslie on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While out there as a book for young girls, this book speaks to anyone with a heart and a love for good stories. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it, and found myself wiping away tears, and making a mental list of the friends and family members i needed to buy this book for.

A book about a young girl, but really a book about life and working through hard times, and finding out what you love. Get it. You won't regret it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teri S. Lesesne on August 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Much has been written and reported about this splendid book that misrepresents the book entirely. This is not a book about sex; it is a book about SURVIVAL, a young girl who manages to survive being molested by her own father. Unfortunately, I know the statistics on incest and rape, even for young people Georgia's age. It is a brutal reality, and I would prefer that my kids read about this in the safe confines of a book and then have the chance to talk to me about the harsh realities they will face. Any parent can, of course, elect not to have their child read this book. That is parental responsibility. However, to limit anyone else's access to the book is wrong. CLAIMING GEORGIA TATE is an incredibly well-written and riveting read. It treads the territory of incest carefully and with concern for the character. Given the quality of the literature and the redemptive hope with which this novel ends, it might behoove parents to read this one and decide for themselves if it is something to share with kids. Amateau is a powerful new voice in the field, one I hope to hear from again and soon.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allyson Decker on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Claiming Georgia Tate is Gigi Amateau's debut novel marketed toward young adults. That is a bit disturbing considering the use of the words "d***" and "f***" and the main characters rape scene. But in the novel, there is an underlying message that I hope teen readers will "get".

Georgia Tate is a survivor - her mother supposedly died, her beloved grandmother dies and she is sent to live with her abusive father. In one very poignant scene on the way back to her grandfather, Georgia and her seat mate discuss the joy and terror of our lives. Georgia tells him that "joy doesn't last as long as terror, does it? It doesn't last long enough to remember." In other words, we as humans remember the BAD long after the GOOD is forgotten. Georgia and her new friend discover that there are many joys in life and we only have to try harder to keep them first and foremost in our memory.

The characters in Claiming Georgia Tate are well developed but I was a bit disappointed in the unresolved ending. Even though marketed as a young adult novel, this one would be suited for much older teens rather than the middle school set.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Reinhardt on June 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book took my breath away with its depth and hauntingly beautiful language. I loved Georgia Tate. She's a girl with heart, strength, and courage and one with a spirit all mothers hope their young daughters will possess. I look forward to much more from this talented author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sabby on July 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the truly lovely books i have read. I did not find it disturbing as it is set in the harsh reality of our environment. I was crying when Georgia's nana died. Gigi's description of the characters are flawless and I loved everyone of them. Ginger, nana, grandpa tate, aunt mazel, Tamika, JJ and his mum and Leroy. The all came alive before the pages and told a truly marvellous story of one brave little girl. The novel is writeen in such a way that shows Georgia's hate, love, joy, fear and passion. I recommend this book to children 12 and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Butler - CEO - PW Properties on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
GiGi Amateau is a delightful writer with great insight on the human condition. I read this book very quickly and delighted in the characters, especially Sissy (who I found to be realistic and despecable).
Great job, Gigi--looking forward to your other works.
--T. Butler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Mobley on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Georgia Tate is a book that deals with heavy issues for a younger reader (child sex abuse, incest, racism, religion)such as 12 and under. However, I feel that Georgia's story must be told as we are too aware of the statistics on child abuse continuing to rise. As for he language in the book -it's nothing that I don't hear daily from 8th,9th graders and above.The story really made me feel for Georgia and I wanted her to be safe and continue to be a survivor from her awful circumstances and experiences. There could be a Georgia Tate somewhere that reads this book and is inspired to be a survivor--just like Georgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. deCarvalho on August 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was a great book! Geared for grades 8 and up it's a great YA novel. After the first few pages - you really are hooked! The characters seem so vivid - and the portrayal of emotions was great! I would put this book up there with Secret Life of Bees. The author didn't hold back on realty - although sometimes I found the book a little too real - almost to the point when there was too much "real" for it to feel "real"! Overall - a great book - read it one sitting!
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More About the Author

Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market."

She is also the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, was named a 2013 Jefferson Cup Honor title and chosen by Bank Street College as a Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2012, Gigi received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond magazine.

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