77 Saturday :: George by Alex Gino

It’s been a while, but I’m finally remembering to join in with Aus YA Bloggers Seventy Seven Saturday (I usually think of it on Sunday or Monday!).
Here are the Seventy-Seven Saturday Rules:
  1. Pick up a book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77
  3. Find a snippet, sentence or paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram. Link back to AusYABloggers, using #77Saturday

One of my reading goals this year (something else I’m still planning to talk about a bit here soon) is to read more diversely in terms of gender. I didn’t read any books by trans or nonbinary authors last year, and I’m really keen address this hole in my reading this year!

Today I had the pleasure of reading George by Alex Gino, a sweet little book about a 10 year old trans girl:

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.

Here’s my little snippet from page 77 (although, to be honest, this is actually from page 76 because it was just too good not to share).

“Charlotte isn’t dumb!” George threw her fork down. It ricocheted off the edge of her plate and twirled end over end in the air. All eyes were on the utensil, which spun as if in slow motion. It hit the ceiling and bounced on Scott’s head before rattling to the floor.”

I really enjoyed this book! Not only is it a fantastic and story, I also loved that there is a section in the back of the book where the author answers some FAQs, and gives some information about supporting trans people. The writing is really accessible – perfect for young people who might be going through something similar, and definitely engaging enough for adult readers to enjoy and learn from too.

xo Bron

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