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George Hardcover – August 25, 2015

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Gr 4–6—Before her mother and older brother Scott come home, George has a few, treasured moments to experience life as she's always wanted to live it. She looks in the mirror and calls herself Melissa, combs her hair over her forehead to mimic the appearance of bangs, and reads glossy magazines full of ads for lipstick, perfume, and tampons. Once her mom and brother come home, however, the magazines must go back to their secret hiding place. While George has no doubt she's a girl, her family relates to her as they always have: as a boy. George hopes that if she can secure the role of Charlotte in her class's upcoming production of Charlotte's Web, her mom will finally see her as a girl and be able to come to terms with the fact that George is transgender. With the help of her closest ally, Kelly, George attempts to get the rest of the world to accept her as she is. While children can have a sense of their gender identity as early as the age of three, children's literature is shockingly bereft of trans* protagonists, especially where middle grade literature is concerned. George offers more than the novelty of an LGBTQ coming-out story, however. Here, what is most remarkable is the use of pronouns: While the world interacts with George as if she is a boy, the narrator only refers to her with female pronouns, which gives her girl-ness a stronger sense of validation. In addition, George comments on the fact that, in past years, gays and lesbians have achieved a certain amount of visibility and acceptance, while the trans* community is still largely ignored and misunderstood. George's mother remarks that while she can handle having a gay child, she simply can't accept her as "that kind of gay." For George, as is the case for many LGBTQ youth, coming out is a process that she must repeat until she is properly recognized. There is pain in George, but not without the promise of a better tomorrow, even if tomorrow doesn't arrive as soon as it should. VERDICT A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population.—Ingrid Abrams, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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* "A coda to the Charlotte's Web story, in which George presents herself as a girl for the first time, is deeply moving in its simplicity and joy. Warm, funny, and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Profound, moving, and—as Charlotte would say—radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Pair this important addition to the slender but growing body of transgender fiction with Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson." -- Booklist, starred review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545812542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545812542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is life changing. That’s the best way to put it. It’s a book I couldn’t help but read in one sitting. It’s a book I couldn’t help but cry at. It’s a book I want to get into the hands of everyone. When I finished it I actually turned to the right of me, put the book out to my mom and went “read this.” I very rarely give my mom books to read because my mom’s not a reader, but because this isn’t on audio…yet. I gave her my ARC and she started to read it right away and couldn’t stop.

George transcends age ranges. It really does. George is about a girl, who the world views as a boy. George just wants to be herself, but it’s hard when everyone thinks you’re making a joke about your situation (which you aren’t.) Slowly George starts to tell people “hey, I’m a girl.” And it doesn’t go well. George is in fourth grade. Bully’s are strong. Crying in class is rough for anyone that age, but the end of Charlotte’s Web really got to George. Her mom sees her as her “little boy” and her brother, well he’s in high school. Who know’s what’s going on in his brain. George decides her moment to shine will be when the class puts on Charlotte’s Web.

Of course, her teacher, who she thought was on her side, thinks George is making a joke out of the situation, but her principal seems to get it. It’s hard for George. It’s hard for anyone that age. Why this story transcends age ranges is because George just wants to be accepted and loved for who they are. It’s also a story about friendship and love and one that needs to be read by all
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When I was told that this was a book written by a person like me (a person who falls outside the gender binary), about a young trans girl, I immediately purchased it and downloaded it onto my Kindle. Now that I've finished it, I can say that it was everything I'd hoped it would be. I plan to shove my Kindle right into my mother's hands, despite her aversion to it.

This book beautifully describes what it's like to be misgendered, even unintentionally. How the people in your life can mean the best, but even well-intentioned words hit hard, and in the most painful way imaginable. More importantly, it shows the difference between the uneducated, the reluctant, and the cruel. Not everyone accepts Melissa right away, but as time went on I found myself smiling wider and wider, until the end, where I had to put down my Kindle to just grin and squeal at nothing.

George is such an important book. The younger we start teaching kids about being transgender, the better. It saves transgender kids years of trying to figure out who they are, it can give them the opportunity to start their transition younger. It also helps undo some of the transphobia that kids these age might have already learned and internalized. Thanks to this book, trans youth will hopefully find themselves with more friends like Kelly and less bullies like Jeff.

Please support this book; show the publishers that we need even more books like these. Because we do.
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I'd never believe it if I was told a week ago I'd be reading (and thoroughly) enjoying a book who's protagonist is nearly 20 years younger than me. But, I did. George is an important and well written novel that I hope inspires more writers. I also hope the book inspires more kids (and adults) to be themselves.

My only complaint is that it's too short. But then again, I'm not really the target market... actually, it's probably just the right length for the intended readers.

I strongly suggest reading this book if you're in the mood for something uplifting, thought provoking and inspring.
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This book was, in a word, perfect. The structure and pacing were spot-on, and I found the main character compelling, complex, and well-written. While "George" deals with heavy themes (being transgender, being bullied, being misunderstood), it does so in a way that's accessible for its target age group, without talking down to the audience, making it an ideal read not only for middle grade readers, but for adults as well. I'm a pretty active reader of diverse books, so the themes in "George" weren't exactly new to me, and yet I still felt like I walked away with a new and better understanding of what it's like to be transgender, particularly for children.

Additionally, I loved the ending - I think when writing a story like this for a young audience, it must be tempting to write a "and everyone lived happily ever after!" kind of ending, because as an author you must know you're speaking to young people who are vulnerable and struggling. While "George" certainly ended on an up-note, it didn't fall into the "happily ever after" trap, and instead gave a more realistic ending to the main character's story, which I really appreciated.

I will be recommending this book to pretty much everyone - it's not only that good, it's that necessary for anyone who wants to be an ally to LGBTQ kids.
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This is a story about George as she transitions to her identity as a girl. The story is set in school, mostly, with George interacting with other students and adult role models. It's a bit slow at first, but the pace picks up later. If you have a elementary, junior or even a high school student struggling with identity, this book highlights the journey into self-actualization.
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