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This is the second installment of Book Club with Avalon. Avalon is my 10-year-old daughter who loves, more than anything else, reading and sharing her books with others. You can find the first book review here. She has recently finished a sweet book that she would love to share with the world.
George by Alex Gino is a novel about a transgender child named George.
The dust jacket blurb:
“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 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 is a boy. With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can play Charlotte but so everyone can know who she is once and for all!”
Tell us a bit about the plot:
Um, Well. There is this girl and her name is George. Everyone thinks she is a boy but she is a girl. She is genetically a boy but she is transgender. So she feels that she is a girl and she cries when Charlotte dies in Charlotte’s Web. Everyone called her a girl, she feels bad and good about it.
It’s about her finally going out and telling the truth.
How did you experience the book? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while?
As soon as I read the description I knew I would love it.
Tell us about the main characters in the story:
George – She is a transgender child. She really likes the book Charlotte’s Web and wants to be her in the school play and she has a best friend named Kelly. Kelly always helpful and tells George she will support her. She helps George finally be a girl but not just on the inside.
Did you find the characters real?
Who in the book would you like to meet? What would you ask,or say?
George. I would say “I felt like I didn’t fit in too”.
If you could insert yourself as a character in the book, what role would you play?
I would be George’s best friend.
Is the story believable?
Does the book remind you of your own life?
It reminds me of this one time with one of my friends. She was George and I was Kelly.
How did you feel about the ending?
It left me on a cliff hanger but it was very happy and I loved it.
Did the book change your opinion or perspective about anything?
Not really, my perspective was always the same.
About what, transgender children and fitting in?
Would you recommend this to children in your age group?
Totally. This book is awesome.
If you could ask the author one question what would it be?
Why did you choose Charlotte’s Web?
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