George deals with gender identity

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George

by Alex Gino

When people look at George, they see a boy. Even though, George knows she is a girl.

She has been good about hiding this fact from others like her mom and her brother. She doesn’t want to upset them. She hasn’t even told her best friend Kelly.

When the fourth grade gets a chance to put on a play about Charlotte’s Web, George really, really wants to play Charlotte. With help from her best friend, she tries out, but the teacher in charge, at first, thinks it’s a joke, then gets upset. George decides she doesn’t want any part.

Kelly convinces her to switch places with her on performance day. This way each of them will get to play Charlotte. One at the afternoon performance and one at the evening.

This is a book for all those kids who don’t fit into those strict gender roles. Well told. You get the anguish a child can feel when he or she has to tell a parent something the parent isn’t ready for.

This is a book some parents may not be ready for even if it marketed to the middle grade reader.

#encouragereading, #kidsread, #kidlit, #raisingreaders

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