A bright, bold debut about a girl who happens to have been born a boy, but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream.
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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We applaud Alex Gino for writing this big-hearted story about a transgender girl struggling to find acceptance. When George auditions for the part of the kindhearted, maternal spider in Charlotte’s Web, she ruffles feathers both at school and at home. Written in a crisp, conversational style, George is a fast read that explores an important topic. Gino has created a thoughtful, brave protagonist who challenges us to embrace different definitions of identity and, above all, to move through the world with kindness.
Though others see her as male, 10-year-old George has long known that she is a girl, and she longs for people to see that truth, even while the idea terrifies her. When George's fourth-grade class has tryouts for a school production of Charlotte's Web, George desperately wants to play Charlotte, a character she adores. George's teacher doesn't allow to George to audition for the part, but her supportive best friend Kelly, who is cast as Charlotte, comes up with a plan that may give George the chance she needs. The taunts of a school bully, George's self-doubts, and her mother's inability to truly hear what George is telling her carry real weight as debut author Gino's simple, direct writing illuminates George's struggles and quiet strength. George's joy during stolen moments when she can be herself will resonate with anyone who has felt different, while providing a necessary window into the specific challenges of a child recognizing that they are transgender. Profound, moving, and as Charlotte would say radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it. Ages 8 12.
Oh god, this book is literally the best book I’ve ever read, it’s so relatable and well written.
HOW IS THIS SCHOLASTIC GOLD
my now fourteen year old daughter read this when she was around ten because of a friend who got it from a book fair or library or something like that. i was busy at the time with my new baby so did not check the book like i usually do. but later my daughter began acting strange and unusual. she cut her hair without asking me and bought lgbtq merchandise behind my back. she started dating the friend who bought the book and claimed she was transgender?! what?! people need to stop making things up: there only two genders, boy and girl. people so complicated these days. she says to “respect pronouns” i don’t have to respect nobody if they do wrong things. i raised my daughter to love jesus now satan has claimed her with this book that started it all…she threatened suicide and i caught her righting a suicide note and i ripped it up. i had to take away her phone and she’s not allowed to leave the house until school starts and even then i will be sending a TRUSTING GOD FEARING FRIEND TO WATCH HER. MY DAUGHTER IS A MESS BECAUSE YOU HAVE RUINED HER. CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO LEARN POLITICS AND BE INFLUENCED BY THIS AGENDA AT SO YOUNG AGE. STOP THIS. PRAY TO JESUS AND GOD 4 HELP SIS.
This story is important and authentic and helps me learn more about a topic, I’m only beginning to learn about! I appreciate that all the characters are described in such ways, I feel they are expressing their feelings and see their feelings change throughout the story, as it develops!