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"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, 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" --
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition, September 2015
ISBN: 9780545812542
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 195 pages ;,22 cm


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Upon learning of an upcoming production of Charlotte's Web, George is thrilled! There is a problem, though, George's teacher says she can't audition for the role of Charlotte because George is a boy.

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Jul 08, 2019

This is a really good book for kids, and it's fun to read this book.

Jun 23, 2019

This book could be added to list of mindfulness books for children. A great mindfulness discussion item: what happens to you when your inner world is not reflected back to you by your outer world? What happens to George in this book? The author's treatment of George's predicament is filled with love and respect.

Jan 24, 2019


This book deserves more than 5 stars because the main character, George, was determined, strong, and amazingly persistent. I absolutely love that her friend, Kelly supported George through telling people he was a girl. I would highly recommend this book.
P.S I am a 10 year old and this is my 2nd favorite book!!

Nov 01, 2018

A very sweet book from a young person who knows who they are and must let everyone else know. George shows resolve, fortitude, and bravery in being herself and helping her family accept her. This is a great read for introducing young people to transgender issues. It is a gentle start. I think books are a great way for kids to learn complex things.

Cute, concise, and completely crucial. Since "trans panic" is the fear du jour, this book (pearl-clutchingly written BY a trans woman) made the American Library Association's 2017 top 10 challenged book list just for teaching kids about the evils of acceptance. Please check it out, pass it on, and help spread some good in this world through junior fiction. Also, check out the audiobook version, Jamie Clayton is so good!

Sep 26, 2018

Recommended reading for Banned Books Week! Although a lot of people have tried to ban this book, I hope that readers will approach it with an open mind and see if they can learn something from it. The ten-year-old protagonist George faces some tough problems related to gender dysphoria--perhaps some problems that you never thought of before. However, as you probably guessed from the bright, colorful cover, it is ultimately an upbeat book, and George achieves some important victories in it. Author Alex Gino does a good job showing how important it is to be true to yourself, which is a valuable lesson for anyone to learn.

Apr 29, 2018

George is about a 10-year-old that was born in a boy's body but identifies as a girl. George is a story that brings some understanding and a realization that a transgender identity comes at an early age. How does he share with his Mom and older brother that he doesn't see himself as a boy? Will his best friend, Kelly, accept him? Can he play Charlotte in the school play, a part usually given to a girl?

Apr 17, 2018

For parents who are more conservative, this book is not one you want your 8-10 year old reading....especially without a dialogue with you as they read it. Parents should read this before they give it the thumbs up for their child.

DPLsheila Mar 29, 2018

George is an amazing story about finding yourself and being brave enough to hope others will except you.

SPPL_Anna Mar 26, 2018

Beautiful book, just beautiful.

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Mar 08, 2017

George is a transgender child with a sweet heart, meaningful soul and a boys body. All George wants is to play the part of Charlotte in the school play of CHARLOTTE'S WEB. But one thing is stoping her everyone thinks she is a boy. Her best friend is a kind hearted girl named Kelly, who helps George to fulfill her dream and let everyone know who she really is. I think you should really read this book. It has meaning and a strong message behind it. :) By Cheeky Bob:)


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waywardangel Nov 09, 2015

A sensitive insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity.


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