by Alex Gino

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545812580
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 167,343
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. George was their first novel. George was a winner of the Children's Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children's Choice Book Awards, among a host of others. George was also featured on several Best of the Year lists. For more about Alex, please visit

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From George George reached the end of Charlotte’s monologue and was ready for the dialogue with Wilbur that followed. But George didn’t hear her cue. She opened her eyes. Ms. Udell was frowning, and a thick crease had formed across her forehead.

"George, what was that?" she asked.

"I . . . ," started George, but there were no words to finish the sentence. "I . . ."

"Was that supposed to be some kind of joke? Because it wasn’t very funny."

"It wasn’t a joke. I want to be Charlotte." George’s voice sounded much smaller now that she was speaking her own words.

"You know I can’t very well cast you as Charlotte. I have too many girls who want the part. Besides, imagine how confused people would be. Now, if you’re interested in being Wilbur, that’s a possibility. Or maybe Templeton—he’s a funny guy."

"No, thanks. I just . . . I wanted . . ."

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George 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story brought me to tears of joy over and over. Not that it's all peaches and cream; there are some terrifying moments of vulnerability. But in this story, told from the child's point of view, we get glimpses of how, with varying degrees of difficulty, the various people in her life come to terms with her big revelation. The optimism does not feel out of place in our modern society. The author brings to life in a realistic way how I imagine the experience of realizing from a very young age you were assigned the wrong gender at birth. My heart swelled and my tears welled at each critical breakthrough in our young heroine's life so far. I'm sure yours will, too. Enjoy this book. I read the ebook, but I've also purchased the hardcover in anticipation of the opportunity to pass it along to someone who needs it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was short, but it has a strong message and the author did a great job writing it! I strongly recommend George!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat down and read this book in one sitting. It only took me a few hours to read, and that's impressive because I don't like to sit still for long periods. This is an easy read with a great message. We need more books like this representing the lgbtq+ community for young kids so that they can find themselves in literature, and have the exposure to figure out their identity and to feel acepted and less alone. The characters in this story all felt real to me and had realistic reactions to the different situations.
mfu11 More than 1 year ago
The school play is coming up and George wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. George’s teacher says she can’t play Charlotte because she is a boy, but George knows she’s a girl. There’s a real mixture of attitude toward George from the characters in the book, but what I loved most is that George knows who she is. I loved her best friend, Kelly, too. She’s fun and playful, but she accepts George and helps her be who she’s meant to be. Their friendship is true. The writing was so clear, allowing an instant connection to George’s emotions. The information weaved seamlessly into the story was great to see. There’s a lot of heart in this book. Its pages encourage love and understanding, and the message couldn’t be clearer: be who you are!
nadjscr More than 1 year ago
GEORGE is a wonderful debut! This novel is told in a simple, yet emotional and compelling way. This is one of the most important books you will read in your life. Marvelous story. I'm so happy GEORGE exists for the kids (and adults) who need it, it will change lives. Alex Gino knocked it out of the park with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great book! It really showed me that you should be proud of who you are, and not hide it. Very inspirational and would highly recommend to all ages!
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UmbrellaMan More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat, this book is clearly geared towards a very young audience. I personally feel it would be a better and more affective book if it was for for teens and adults. Even if the vocabulary and writing style are simplier (at about a third grade reading level), it is still terribly written. I also feel that the ending was obscure and unfinished, leaving something longed for. In fact, the entire book left something longed for. Not worth my or your time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was so much to appreciate about this book. Delightful through and through.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good, much-needed book that is eye-opening, emotional, and hopeful.
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
This was so cute!! Quick, really fun read and so important. I sincerely believe teachers, especially those of elementary and middle school, should read this. Wonderfully written, fantastic and much-needed message, easy five star rating. *Full disclosure: I won an Advanced Reader Copy.*
BlowPop More than 1 year ago
So, I've been recommended this book and heard a LOT of buzz about this book from a LOT of people. And oh. my. gosh. This is one of the cutest books I've ever read. And definitely going on my to-buy list. I even had my parents read this and they both liked it. Which, for my dad means a lot since this is a middle grade book and not one that he'd be prone to reading normally. I love George's best friend. I love their friendship. I love the acceptance. I love the encouragement. I wish more people were like her. George's teacher kind of made me angry about the whole auditions thing. It was very heteronormative in the boys can only do this and girls can only do that. And I really disliked that part of it. But I understand why it was important to have that as part of the story. All in all this was a fantastic book that I highly recommend to everyone. And I'd LOVE to see more about George(Melissa) and her adventures. *EVERY* library (school/public) should have a copy. Or at least access to a copy of this book. This non binary person really wishes that they had this book when they were growing up.
KaraAM More than 1 year ago
"George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn't make her mouth form the sounds. Mom, what if I'm a girl?" I don't know that I've ever struggled to write a review as with 'George' because it's such a poignant, important book. This is the kind of book which should be required reading in elementary schools. This middle-grade book tells the story of a young transgender girl and her desire to freely live and be who she knows she truly is. It's beautifully told, and George's loneliness and strength resonate so deeply. Transgender people are so often misunderstood and misrepresented that I simply don't know how anyone who reads a story like 'George' won't be positively impacted and gain new understanding and empathy. But beyond even this, it's simply a good story. I recommend this to readers of all ages, gender, and walks of life, but especially young children who I hope will learn from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dorkapocalypse More than 1 year ago
Melissa’s a character we need in chapter books. She’s dealing with so much at a young age and Gino does an amazing job juggling being trans with youth and innocence. The girl magazines she keeps because she relates to the woman’s bodies in them felt so true to childhood. I remember my magazine of guys that made me feel closer to my true identity (nowhere near the same struggle as what Melissa’s dealing with). Melissa’s mom has a great arc that I think works well and so does Melissa’s brother. Basically, this book is great. Structurally, emotionally, and reading-ly. Gives you all the feels. Must-read for those wanting to write about the trans experience.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! Seriously, everyone should read this book. It's so good. George knows she is a girl, but everyone else thinks she's a boy. She's only 10 years old, and she desperately wants to be Charlotte in the school play of Charlotte's Web. She hopes that if everyone can see her as Charlotte they'll realize that she's really a girl. The book is written in third person from George's perspective. There is a balance of supportive characters, her best friend Kelly, her older brother, and the school principal, and non-supportive characters, her mother and her teacher. It's both a heart breaking and an uplifting tale. It was also incredibly eye opening to how much gender plays into everyday life. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages. It's a very quick read.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
While this is intended for a younger audience than what I typically read, I really liked it a lot. I think it is a very important book, and it has the potential to make a difference in the lives of young children who are struggling with their identities. It also promotes a strong message of acceptance throughout, which can develop empathy in children who may not be struggling with identity, but may know those who are. It was a quick read and I enjoyed the story, and how realistic the reactions of people seemed.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feeling about this novel; it was a good read, it just was not as fantastic as I hoped it to be. I was left with a few questions after I read the last few pages so let me give you both sides of the picture. The relationship that George has with Kelly his best friend is priceless; she steps out on a limb for him and being fourth-graders that’s huge for me. The novel is short, smaller than I had anticipated but inside those few pages there are some great messages that readers will walk away with. The main character George emerges in this novel, as his world is slowly closing in on him, he strives to make himself known with the encouragement from his best friend. George has struggled with his identity for years, George feels like a girl, he has for many years and he keep these feeling to himself. George’s fourth grade class is performing the play of Charlotte’s Web and the cast will be assigned roles based on their sexual identity. Males will get male roles and females will get the female roles. George wants a female role, the only character he wants to play in the performance, as he knows that he will be the best person to play that part. If only it were this easy. I had to wonder what type of teacher would restrict her cast to such confided limitations. Wouldn’t she just want to have the best person play the part? I was surprised that other students did not object to her standards of the limited gender roles. I was also confused at who the target audience would be for this novel, I know who I would hope they were targeting and who might need to read it but will this novel be available for the middle elementary levels? Peer pressure, family structure and finding your place in the world are a struggle but even more so when you’re not sure of the skin you’re in. 3.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and exquisitely told! So many of the things George was feeling resonate strongly with me. I hope this stays out there for a long time, and I hope it will be read by many as it shows us that we're all people and we shouldn't be ashamed of who we are but rather should be honest and proud. Maybe someday we won't have to hide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago