Welcome to the final book of 2015 for #PageTurners, an online book club that was put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with October’s PageTurners book selection of George by Alex Gino!
Here is the GoodReads synopsis of George by Alex Gino!
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.
My thoughts on this book…
Wow! I think that is the best description possible…and a definite 5 stars! This story was wonderfully written and absolutely heartwarming.
Really, I must say, this one hit very close to me. Not only is my oldest openly gay, and now my youngest has indicated to some transgender feelings. First I must say that they are my children and nothing will ever change how much I love them, but it has still been a bit of a struggle. I am thrilled to see that the world’s opinions and views are changing, for them, but when I was growing up things were vastly different.
In some ways, I could kind of relate to Melissa’s/George’s mom’s struggles. Some days I wish they could be “normal”…and I really hate that word, because I want them to be the beautiful and amazing people that they are and will be, whatever that may be…Isn’t that what we all want for our children?
It saddens me to know that while this book was a work of fiction, the struggle is real for both acceptance and understanding. The message that comes with these books, could be part of the change, that enlightens people to positive learning and more universal acceptance. After reading this book, I made sure to tell each of my children how much I love them for who and what they are.
Now for Shelly’s questions…
1. Who was your favorite character?
Kelly, for sure! She is definitely the kind of friend that everyone needs to have. I think that because of living a more free spirited and artistic upbringing, it allowed her to provide the support to her friend.
2. What did you think about the teacher’s reactions in this book?
Sadly, I think that the teacher’s reaction could be more of a common reaction. I know from experience that it is sometimes hard to let go of one’s own upbringing. In a perfect world, the teacher would have chosen a different option…but we still have a ways to go.
3. I loved this quote from Muggle Net: George may not only help guide such children to a place of self-esteem and acceptance but also help their peers (and teachers!) be more compassionate allies. Do you think it would be a good idea to have this book in the classroom?
I would love to see this as a part of school classrooms, and I am definitely planning to add it to my own. The sad thing will be that there are still too many in opposition to make it the positive learning experience that it could and should be.
And now now for Lisa’s questions…
1. Did you find George’s struggle believable?
Absolutely…I can’t imagine to know what it would be like to add that struggle to all of the usual adolescent difficulties.
2. Did you get the importance of George playing Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web?
Most definitely, it was allowing him to let his true self out, with some protection of anonymity.
3. Would you read this to your kids?
Since mine are teenagers, now, they can and will definitely be reading this as part of homeschooling.
To find out about all of the books that have been a part of the #PageTurners online book club please click here…#PageTurners! Thank you so much to Shelly and Lisa for organizing and coming up with such great questions! I am thrilled to say that I just one book away from reading 25 books this year!