GEORGE by Alex Gino is the heartwarming story of a transgender girl finding her place in the world.
George is a boy on the outside, but inside he’s a girl who wants to try out for a girl’s role in the class play, Charlotte’s Web. When best friend Kelly gets the role of Charlotte, they hatch a plan that will change how George is viewed by classmates, friends, and family.
Written for the middle grades, Gino does a stellar job introducing young readers to the battle facing transgender youth. However from the rainbow poster in the school office to sympathetic educators, the author also shows glimmers of hope and understanding.
Librarians will find a strong demand for this candid examination of a transgender girl seeking acceptance. Add this title to your “We Need Diverse Books” collection. For slightly older readers, suggest Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky.
Learn more about the author at http://www.alexgino.com/.
Published by Scholastic on August 25, 2015.