Book Review: George by Alex Gino

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Good or bad – George is one of those books that will have people talking. Over the years there has been a huge gap in diverse middle grade novels, especially on the topic on transgenders.  It is a powerful story and one I hope many chose to pick up and read.

Summary on Goodreads:

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.

As a parent, this topic scares me and I could relate to how George’s mother felt when she first realized that her young son considered himself a girl.  That being said, this is an important book to have available for students to read (Conservatives – we will have to agree to disagree on this one.) and talk about.While saddening to watch George suffer through bullying and his mother’s denial, this is truly a heartwarming tale.  It reminds the reader to accept people for who they are and that they are not alone. If anything I hope this book brings about a positive discussion on what it means to be different and how that is okay.

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