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How do you tell the world you aren't who they think you are? George was born in a boy's body and doesn't know how to tell her family and best friend, that she is a girl. When George's 4th grade teacher tells her class that they will be putting on a production of Charlotte's Web, George is determined to get the part of Charlotte because she thinks it is a first step in revealing her true identity to the world and finally having an opportunity to be herself in public. Despite the odds stacked against her, with the help of her best friend Kelly, to whom George finally tells the truth, there is a chance that George's wish still might come true.
This book is a well-written glimpse into the difficult life of someone wanting to be their true self when the rest of the world sees them differently. From page 1 you can't help but root for George and her happiness. (Ages 8-12)— From Laure's Picks
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When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
Melissa 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. Melissa 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, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Praise for George:
"Timely, touching... George may be the most right-now book imaginable." -- New York Times Book Review
"Insightful... it'll resonate with anyone who has ever felt different." -- People Magazine
"George is a timely book for parents to share and discuss with their children, whether dealing with similar issues or simply to foster understanding." -- Entertainment Weekly
* "Warm, funny, and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Profound, moving, and-as Charlotte would say-radiant..." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "[A] sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity." -- Booklist, starred review
"Readers going through a similar experience will feel that they are no longer alone, and cisgender (non-transgender) readers may gain understanding and empathy." -- BookPage
"Reading this breathtaking debut should be a requirement for living." #6 on the Indie Next Autumn '15 List - Marisa DiNovis, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC