GEORGE is about a girl whom the world sees as a boy. When her class puts on a play of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, George really really really wants to play Charlotte. But nobody will let her audition because they think she is a boy. So she and her best friend figure out an audacious plan to let her come into her own, and step into the spotlight.
GEORGE is not a "transgender book" -- it's a book for EVERYONE. Everyone who has ever felt like they had to hide part of themselves, who has ever been bullied or been a bully, who has ever felt "weird" or alone... or, you know, everyone who is human. If you have empathy: You'll love GEORGE! (And if you DON'T have empathy: you need GEORGE.)
I do not say this lightly: This is a book that can change hearts and will save lives.
Some of the praise for GEORGE so far:
PW Starred Review: "Profound, moving, and—as Charlotte would say—radiant"
Kirkus Starred Review: "[D]eeply moving in its simplicity and joy"
SLJ Starred Review: "A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population."
Booklist Starred Review: "[A] sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity. George is an appealing, thoroughly believable character."
IndieNext Pick: "This is not just a story about a transgender child, but also a story for any child, teen, or adult who has ever felt uncomfortable in their own skin or out of place in this world. I'm sure anyone who has read and been moved by George would agree: Reading this breathtaking debut should be a requirement for living."
So. Do I think you should buy this book? HECK YES I DO. Buy two. Buy a classroom set. Buy it as a gift. Read it with your book club - kids OR adult. BUY IT so that the publisher will know that there is a MARKET for diverse books, including those by trans authors and with trans characters. Seriously, we can talk about "wanting Diverse Books" all day long - but the proof is in the pudding. If the books don't sell well, publishers are less likely to take a chance on more. SO BUY IT! Can't buy it? Request it from your LIBRARY! Yayyyy libraries! Libraries are the best. However you do it: Thanks for reading! I hope this book touches you as deeply as it has me.
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