About the book:
When people look at George, they see a boy, but she knows that she’s definitely not a boy. She’s always been a girl. When George’s teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web, George is really excited. George wants to play Charlotte in the worst way, but her teacher won’t even let her try out for the part because she’s a boy. Conspiring with her best friend Kelly, George comes up with an idea that will not only allow her to play Charlotte, but will also allow everyone to know who she really is, once and for all.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is delightful in every way. It is a middle grade novel aimed at a slightly younger audience, and is superbly executed. Readers will love Melissa (George) like crazy. Her story had me laughing, crying, and cheering out loud as she finds her way.
I love that this book realistically presents issues that transgender youth face for a middle school audience. Melissa shows kids that presenting as your real identity is possible and that only good can come from just being yourself. This book is sincere and joyful, and Melissa’s transition between George and Melissa is heartwarming.
Bravo to Scholastic for publishing this important novel. I sincerely hope that it finds its way onto the shelves of every middle school library in the country. It is an inherently hopeful story.