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.
George by Alex Gino is one of those reads where it doesn’t blow you out of the water, but it’s certainly one that everyone needs to be aware of because of the tender topic it contains. George is a middle-grade contemporary about a transgender ten year-old, and it was absolutely magnificent.
From page one you, the reader learns that George identifies with the her/she pronoun. But as a ten year-old, it’s difficult to express that type of gender when her outside image is boy-like.
Gino portrays the struggle, the growth, and the competence of George beautifully and truly realistically. Gino includes the bullies that make George’s life miserable, but also the supportive friends and family George has to help her through this difficult phase in her life.
George is an extremely quick read, but it’s one that I think everyone needs to pick up. It’s a heartwarming, respectful take on transgender children that is a must.