My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This might be the most important book I’ve read this year. I have no idea what it is like to be transgender, but I like to think that if a child ever came to me with questions about it, I could show them this book to help them find their voice. George knows she is a girl, she just doesn’t know how to tell those closest to her the truth. Everything in this story is straight from the heart, but not in a cloying, saccharin way. Alex Gino’s gentle, engaging tale is sweet and sour in all the right places. George is a wonderful character and the reader will want nothing more for her than to get her wish to be accepted, and acknowledged, as a girl. George’s best friend, Kelly, is an absolute peach – I want her for my best friend – and George’s brother Scott is a surprise package of the best kind.
George’s journey, while specific in its detail, is a universal story of identity, self-esteem and self-acceptance. I can’t wait to share it with all my students.