by Alex Gino
This book is lovely and meets the requirement for #Readharder prompt 22 – a children’s book that won a diversity award
Everyone who looks at George sees a little boy while George knows she is a girl. It is interesting to hear so many of the things people say through George’s filter – ‘You can tell me anything, I will always love and you will always be my little boy’ says her mother when trying to find out what is wrong with George on bad day; ‘You can want to play a girl, it is not like you want to be a girl’ says her best friend when encouraging George to audition for the role of Charlotte; ‘oh look who is finally growing some balls’ say the bullies before attacking her.
The pain these words cause George is so evident to the reader I wanted to cry for her.
The struggle of coming out to her mother and best friend is what George is dealing with in this book – as a cis reader I can only imagine how incredibly difficult this must be for transkids. Her struggle is painful and so clearly evident to the readers; Gino achieved this incredibly well.
This is a valuable book for all kids, and adults. It tells the story so many transkids live – a story everyone needs to know.