George by Alex Gino – review

George by Alex Gino

Published: August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Genre: contemporary, middle grade
Pages: 195p
Source: library borrow
Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

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My heart hurts. I read a chapter of this too late at night and had to set it down for the morning because I knew, something about the first chapter told me that I would feel far too many feelings for 3 in the morning. That something was absolutely right.

George’s story is one that is both heartwarming and sweetly heart-aching in the span of fewer than two hundred pages. She is brilliant and glittering and this book definitely deserves a read. If you are making an active choice to read more diversely, this is an #ownvoices book you cannot miss. Doubly so if you have tender feelings towards Charlotte’s Web.

“My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination…Don’t ever lose that.”

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