Call Number: Main Stacks, Fourth Floor - PZ7.1.G566 Geo 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
Children's/Young Adult Winner 28th Annual
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, 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. George is a children's novel about a young transgender girl written by American author Alex Gino. The novel tells the story of Melissa, a fourth-grade girl who is struggling to be herself to the rest of the world. The rest of the world sees Melissa as George, a boy. Melissa uses the class to play Charlotte's Web to show her mom that she is a girl by switching roles with her best friend and playing the part of Charlotte. The novel has been subject to much literary analysis, including articles from the Journal of Children's Literature and the Lambda Literary Review. The articles discuss how Alex Gino uses their novel, George, to fill the void of transgender middle-grade literature. Additionally, Gino has a positive impact on both transgender and youth literature.