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George Hardcover – August 25, 2015
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* "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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly, I do not believe this book is appropriate material for children in Elementary school. The exception would perhaps be a child going through this experience. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Claire
This book sends a very important message- help your child become who they are, don't ignore what they're trying to tell you. Read morePublished 15 days ago by sahiba mann
This book takes place in a matter of days, it is well written and does s great job tapping into the mind of a transgender child. Read morePublished 20 days ago by J. Send
I introduced this book to my classroom of 6th graders. There was such high interest in a unique protagonist that I had to order two more!Published 25 days ago by Nathaniel
I read this book just now. I am a sophomore in college and I cried as I connected with George. The things her mom said, were very similar to what my own mom recently told me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shandog
I read "George" shortly after reading "Gracefully Grayson" by Ami Polonsky. I enjoyed both books, and despite dealing with the same subject matter (even down to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natasha