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Alex Gino

Melissa (previously published as George)

"George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds. Mom, what if I’m a girl?"

When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

Melissa 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. Melissa 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, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

 

Alphabet Team Review

My favourite thing is that this book isn't turned into a lesson on accepting trans kids. It isn't designed to be emotionally cathartic. Instead it deals with a quiet sadness, frustration and loneliness of being a girl in a world where no one else can see it.

I love that Melissa has the correct pronouns from the first page as that is how she sees herself. It is an age appropriate explanation on what it means to be trans and how to create a supportive environment around yourself.

This book is sensitive, honest and an important story, no matter what your age is.

 - Chelsea 

Product Info

Publisher: ‎ Scholastic Inc.
Date: August 25th 2015
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 116 pages
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0545812573
Reading age ‏: ‎ 8+

Full Description

The unforgettable debut from Stonewall Award Winner Alex Gino.
George joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. Melissa 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. Melissa 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, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

"Timely, touching... George may be the most right-now book imaginable." -- New York Times Book Review

"Insightful... it'll resonate with anyone who has ever felt different." -- People Magazine

Content Warnings

Bullying
Deadnaming
Dysphoria
Emesis (mentioned)
Homophobia
Misgendering
Punching
Transphobia (parental)

Packaging

Out & Proud- your purchase will arrive in a box covered in colour - loudly celebrating your purchase from us to you, a member or ally of the rainbow community!

A Quiet Pride- this discreet option is designed to keep you safe while still getting your favourite books in the mail. If you are not out at home or you don’t feel like advertising your rainbow purchase, you will receive a plain brown box with no identifying markers.

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