George loves the character of Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. George loves the big words she uses and how she is so smart. So, when the teacher announces that the fourth grade class will be doing a play about Charlotte's Web for the whole school, George decides to try out for the part of Charlotte. When the day of tryouts comes, the teacher says that the boys will be reading the part of Wilbur and the girls will be reading the part of Charlotte. When George reads (actually recites from memory) Charlotte's part, the teacher says that she can't try out for Charlotte because he is a boy.
When George's best friend, Kelly, gets the part of Charlotte, the two work out a plan.to allow George to play Charlotte for one of the performances. And, when she finally explains to Kelly how she is really a girl, trapped in a boy's body, Kelly helps George come up with a way to share who she really is with those people who love her most.
This extremely well-written, brilliantly told story of a transgender student trying to come to terms with her identity will be of great help to any reader who may be struggling in the same way as George, and any reader who just wants to understand and know how to help any George they know. I am very glad that I read George by Alex Gino (Lexile; 790; Interest Level: Grades 4-7). (195 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.