George Middle Readers

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Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

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  • Salutations!

    3 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 4:43:15 PM

    I’ve read quite a few novels about people believing they were born into the wrong body. This is the first I’ve read about someone so young. George’s emotions swing out of control. One moment, (s)he’s jubilant and the next she’s morose and moody. It’s amusing to see how some people get the wrong idea about George’s problem, thinking that (s)he’s gay when she’s not. The book deals firmly in the modern age, with George and Kelly digging into the Internet to learn about transgender people. It’s amazing to think how easy and quick it is to get this kind of information nowadays. (When Carrie White wanted to find out how she could move things with her mind, she had to load up on books from the library.) So George learns what she is and what she needs. The rest of the book is about the small steps she takes in asserting herself—starting with a certain book by E. B. White. George’s decision to play the female spider Charlotte is bold and I found myself cheering her as she tackled it. The author does an amazing job of getting us into George’s mind, her racing emotions and jitters as she plots to deceive her teacher, classmates and her mother. George is ably abetted by Kelly, a girl so accepting and smart that I liked reading about her as much as I did George. This book serves as an informative and insightful primer for younger children who may have been hearing about transgender people but aren’t quite sure what the word means. First and foremost, George is more than her desire to be a girl; she’s a person, cobwebs and all.