George by Alex Gino
Published by Scholastic
When people look at George, they see a boy. But George 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.
I have to be honest. This book isn't for everyone. And the reality is that there will be parents who won't want their child to read this book. The reality also is, that this book will break down the walls that trans kids have built around them, to protect not only themselves, but those whom they love.
For adults who read George, it will cut to the core of your thinking about gender identity. It will evoke a strong emotional reaction that will either have you closing up the pages of the book, or reading on to see how George 'comes out', and how it is received by family and friends.
Middle school readers who read George, will hopefully begin to gain some understanding about how it feels to be a person who has no control over their gender identity, which happens to conflict with their physical gender.
Author, Alex Gino has written the story of George with ingenuity and sensitivity, and also with stark realism so that there is an absolute certainty that the character of George is true to the portrayal of a trans gender child. Alex Gino wraps the story around the production of a school play based on the characters of E.B. White's classic children's chapter book, Charlotte's Web. In the play, the teachers choose the roles of the characters according to the gender of the student and the gender of the character. But the gender walls tumble when George performs the role of Charlotte with brilliance.
Raw and honest, this book will give you a small glimpse inside the heart and mind of a person who is born into a body of which is the opposite gender to what they feel. George, written by Alex Gino is confronting, thought provoking and poignant.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Alex Gino
Published: September 2015