Monday, 7 March 2016

George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino
PublishedAugust 2015 by Scholastic
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars

From the blurb: 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 a beautiful story about a child named George. Physically George is a boy but she knows she's a girl and longs for the day she can change her name to Melissa and not have to hide who she is. George was so lucky to have a best friend in Kelly, she was kind, supportive, and encouraging. I thought the reaction of George's mum was realistic; in a perfect world all parents would be understanding and supportive from the beginning, but in real life it's more typical to expect some denial or confusion, followed, hopefully, by acceptance.

George is a wonderful story for kids, teens, and adults, highlighting an important issue that needs more open discussion between families, friends, and schools.

Thank you Scholastic for my review copy.

I used a white base for these nails and acrylic paint for the lettering.


  1. Nice review and the design on the cover of the book is cute.

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  3. 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.

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