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BE WHO YOU ARE.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...
BE WHO YOU ARE.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...
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  • BE WHO YOU ARE.

    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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 11, 2015
    Though others see her as male, 10-year-old George has long known that she is a girl, and she longs for people to see that truth, even while the idea terrifies her. When George’s fourth-grade class has tryouts for a school production of Charlotte’s Web, George desperately wants to play Charlotte, a character she adores. George’s teacher doesn’t allow to George to audition for the part, but her supportive best friend Kelly, who is cast as Charlotte, comes up with a plan that may give George the chance she needs. The taunts of a school bully, George’s self-doubts, and her mother’s inability to truly hear what George is telling her carry real weight as debut author Gino’s simple, direct writing illuminates George’s struggles and quiet strength. George’s joy during stolen moments when she can be herself will resonate with anyone who has felt different, while providing a necessary window into the specific challenges of a child recognizing that they are transgender. Profound, moving, and—as Charlotte would say—radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from November 1, 2015

    Gr 4-6-Melissa is in fourth grade. She has a best friend named Kelly. Melissa loves fashion magazines and playing Mario Kart with her older brother, Scott. And, more than anything, she wants to play Charlotte in the school play, Charlotte's Web. Unfortunately, the world sees Melissa as George, not as the girl she is. Melissa doesn't wonder if she is transgender; she wonders how to explain that to the world. Reactions of those around Melissa range from Kelly's supportive friendship to her teacher's judgmental attitude. Well-meaning comments from her mother remind listeners of the impact of words. As Melissa struggles with bullying, listeners will find themselves championing her. While filling a niche in the middle-grade LGBTQ+ literary canon, this work transcends issues and stereotypes and speaks to friendship, kindness and acceptance. Melissa's story of self-advocacy demands a response from listeners. The honesty and straightforwardness of the text allows for everyone to find their own reflections in the novel. Providing an impetus for discussion, Melissa's journey demands growth from the listener-the most noble of all demands from a book. Jamie Clayton, an outstanding actress and voice in the trans community, delivers a sensitive reading. VERDICT This is a brave and necessary choice for the school library. Not only does this book fill a niche that is much needed, but it is an amazing story of friendship and a tribute to how we should be living our lives: authentically. ["A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population": SLJ 7/15 starred review of the Scholastic book.]-Terri Perper, Olney Elementary School, MD

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books melodyf - When you look at George, he is a boy. But when you really see him, he has a heart of a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this secret forever. Her days as a boy was miserable. Until her teacher announces that their class play is going to be based on the book, Charlotte's Web. George goal was to play Charlotte, but no one accepts this idea except for Kelly, her best friend. This is George's perfect chance to let everyone see who she truly is. How will her best friend, Kelly, help her? What is their secret plan? I wasn't sure if I want to read this book at first, however throughout the story, I felt like Alex Gino is really doing a great job on implying the importance on expressing yourself. I felt like this book somehow relates to a person I know. My favorite character in this book is Kelly, because I felt like even though she is possibly crazy, she is unique in her own way and willing to help others. I think that this book is an inspiration to many people. After reading this book, I learn that in order to survive through school and any circumstances, it is very important to express your own opinion, ideas, thoughts, and show who you truly is. "Full of wonder, hope and the importance of getting to be who you are meant to be"

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