The titular character of this book is a transgender 4th grade girl whose unwavering faith in herself provides a model for all readers to aspire to. The supportive relationship that Melissa has with her best friend Kelly assures readers that, with friends who encourage you to be your most authentic self, anything is possible.
Additionally, the author has encouraged folks to change the title of their own copies of this book (so as not to deadname the protagonist) to "Melissa's Story." I think this is such an inventive way to encourage a book's evolution long after it leaves our bookstore shelves and what kid could resist an author's permission to scribble on a book?— From Niki
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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.
Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. Their first novel, Melissa, was a winner of the Children’s Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Award. For more about Alex, please visit them at alexgino.com.
Praise for George:
"Timely, touching... George may be the most right-now book imaginable." -- New York Times Book Review
"Insightful... it'll resonate with anyone who has ever felt different." -- People Magazine
"George is a timely book for parents to share and discuss with their children, whether dealing with similar issues or simply to foster understanding." -- Entertainment Weekly
* "Warm, funny, and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Profound, moving, and-as Charlotte would say-radiant..." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "[A] sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity." -- Booklist, starred review
"Readers going through a similar experience will feel that they are no longer alone, and cisgender (non-transgender) readers may gain understanding and empathy." -- BookPage
"Reading this breathtaking debut should be a requirement for living." #6 on the Indie Next Autumn '15 List - Marisa DiNovis, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC