Hardcover, 208 pages

Published Aug. 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press.

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5 stars (8 reviews)

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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2022 #FReadom read 6/20

5 stars

The 6th book I've read from my 2022 #FReadom list (books banned or challenged in Texas libraries and schools) is @lxgino's Melissa (previously published as George).

Melissa is a 4th-grade girl in a tough spot: her family, friends, & everyone she knows mistakenly think she's a boy named George. But she's about to discover some amazing things about them, too. Great story about how allies & support can come thru for us when we need them most.

Review of 'George' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Absolutely wonderful read. This was one of several books on my daughters summer reading list. I decided to read it, along with some of the others on the list. I like that this, along with a growing list of other authors, she is getting an exposure much earlier than I did to diverse perspectives and experiences. Being able to have terminology and definitions to help you understand your own or others experiences and feelings is something I didn't not have growing up.

If you think YA or pre-teen books are just for kids, they are not, you can and should pick them up - whether you have kids or not.

Review of 'George' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Deeply wholesome story of a closeted trans girl who longs to play Charlotte in the school's production of Charlotte's Web. I found Melissa incredibly endearing and her story profoundly moving. Doesn't hurt that I'm a theatre kid at heart, and I love that acting is how Melissa is able to express her true self. Melissa's voice is authentic and the prose rings with truth. Definitely recommend the audiobook, as it's beautifully done. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a while.

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