Hello Adventurers! It’s wonderful to be back after a much needed break. I’ve kept busy on my own blog and have managed to do a fair amount of reading while I’ve been away. One of my favorite reads so far this year has been this slim, unassuming book with the simple design that packs quite an emotional punch. Leave it to a Middle Grade author to tackle such a huge topic like transgender and to get it so right. This is an important book that needs to be shared – with young and old alike.
On to the review!
GEORGE by Alex Gino
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary Fiction, LGBT
When people look at George, they see a boy. But George 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.
GEORGE is a candid, genuine, and heartwarming middle grade about a transgender girl who is, to use Charlotte’s word, R-A-D-I-A-N-T! (Plot summary from author’s website.)
Alex Gino tells the story of George so well and with such compassion. Gino helps us understand George’s struggle from the very beginning and helps us understand what it feels like to live in a body that doesn’t feel right. By allowing us as the readers to see George through her own eyes, we feel her pain and her triumphs. We are with her when she sneaks around in her own house to catch a few moments alone with her fashion magazines, all the while afraid she’ll be discovered. We are with her when she struggles with the decision to try out for the school play for the role she really wants – Charlotte. We are there with her when her teacher stops her and asks, “Is this a joke?” And we feel her pain and humiliation.
As the saying goes, it gets better, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. The ending is so fantastic and perfect that I just cried like a baby and hugged the book close to my heart. What an important book to add to the world and to put out there for MG readers. Fantastic story that needs to be read.
This book may be little, but it is mighty.
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