24612624by Alex Gino
Children’s Lit
4 of 5 stars
Debut novel – August 25, 2015

This is such a good, much-needed book. It is all the moments of childhood–both important and inconsequential–seen through totally new eyes. George has known for a long time that she’s a girl, but the trouble is that nobody else does. Her mother sees Scott’s younger brother. Scott sees his confusing, probably gay younger brother. Kelly sees her best friend, the shy, quiet boy in her neighborhood. And the kids at school see someone to bully.

George has no idea how to tell her friends or family that all of her problems come from her identity until auditions come up for the school play, Charlotte’s Web. George desperately wants to play Charlotte–and if her teacher agrees to it, maybe this will help her tell her world who she really is. But when Kelly is given the part instead, George thinks she’s lost her chance for good.

This is an emotional middle-grade book about the daily struggle of transgender children and how a little kindness and acceptance can go so far. It’s a good intro for how to approach situations you might not think twice about, and the characters have decent depth for the length of the story. Definitely a step in the right direction for providing diverse books to young readers!

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, George is available on Goodreads and on Barnes & Noble’s store website, here. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • Luna by Julie Ann Peters – Probably the only other book I’ve read featuring a contemporary transgender character, and she isn’t the main character. However, it was still an interesting story about a family coping with a girl assuming her true identity.
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm – Although not an LGBT story, this does feature children dealing with serious adult situations and how they can learn to cope with them. See my review here.
  • The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGraw – A middle-grade fantasy novel about a changeling girl struggling to fit in with humans. This book is dedicated to “anyone who has ever felt different” and the themes of isolation and acceptance are just as loud here.
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – A classic YA tale about being true to yourself no matter what anyone says. The narrator reflects on his experience meeting Stargirl in high school and how he wishes he hadn’t caved to peer pressure.
  • The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes – An older YA story about Olwen, the only human resident of the planet until human settlers arrive to colonize it. Olwen has lived a free-spirited life with only her pet and her guardian for company, but quickly finds that she is not at all what the colonists expected. This is a bittersweet story about prejudice.

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