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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.
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.
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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!
Another book that says to disregard reality
Like the title says. This book tries to say that little kids know what sex they are but at same time society says kids are too young to have sex since they dont know enough to consent. Kids will act the sex the parents treat them. They learn that its okay to be whatever from them. To disregard Reality. This will end badly because eventually they will grow up and have to deal with NOT being able to do what the other sex can do. However much you “feel” like a girl you wont be able to have a baby. How ever much you “feel” like a guy you wont be able to impregnant a woman. Those reproductive organs are what makes you a guy or girl. Not the names or what you feel like calling yourself. If you wanna dress in dresses then fine but dont say your female when you have male anatomy. Your style and personality do not a gender make.
This book was filled with excitement and joy. Some parts of the book are sad but at the same time make me squirm in my seat making me wonder what is going to happen next.