Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

“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!”

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Book club with Avalon: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

My 10 year old daughter Avalon is an avid reader. She stays on top of current trends and manages to find the latest and greatest books. What is really amazing to watch is how she can disappear into another world and consume a book in one afternoon.

I did the same when I was young so I step lightly around her. Offer her snacks and water regularly. Wait patiently for her to emerge from whatever adventure she has been on. It is an incredible thing to love a story so much it feels real.