Book Review: George by Alex Gino
January 24, 2016
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.
I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile, and when I was doing my random browsing at the library, it happened to be sitting right on the shelf calling my name. I decided it would be a perfect #24in48 Readathon book, and I was right. Here are my thoughts:
On the Plus Side:
- This is a fabulous introduction to transgenderism for all age levels. It helps all people understand the thoughts and feelings of a 4th grade transgender student.
- I loved all of the connections to Charlotte’s Web (which I just happened to be reading for work at the time I read this….simply by coincidence).
- I think the reactions of the adults and peers in George’s life were realistic. Some peers will be accepting, some will have a hard time understanding. As far as his mom and brother, they loved him, but they also had to go through their own process of learning and acceptance.
- Kelly is such a great example of an accepting, positive peer role model. I would love to work with students like Kelly and George.
- I love that this book focuses on an elementary school student…an age when this is likely to be introduced. Elementary students will definitely be able to identify with the story behind this one.
On the Minus Side:
There were no minuses for me on this one. I highly recommend it if you are looking for an introductory presentation of life as a transgender 4th grader.
Have you had the opportunity to read George? What did you think?