George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?
I’ve actually been planning to read George for a long time. I think I added it to my TBR during Banned Books Week two years ago. (Clearly, I didn’t get around to it.) January’s Monthly Motif was diversity, so I planned to read it then too. (Clearly, I didn’t get around to it then either.) I saw it was available at my library a couple weeks ago and checked it out and I’m so glad that I did!
There’s a lot to love about this book. I love that it’s written in a way that’s so simple and so easy to understand. For the reader, there’s never any confusion about whether George is a boy or a girl. And when other characters mistakenly refer to George as a boy, it’s so clear that makes her sad. It’s an important lesson for kids (or anyone, really) about how seemingly small things can really make a difference in the way we make people feel.
There’s also a great lesson on acceptance in this book. There are certainly a lot of characters, both children and adults, who make fun of George or don’t understand her. But I don’t think it’s a spoiler to mention that, at the end of the book, the people in George’s life accept her for who she is. After all, this is a middle-grade book. It has to have a happy ending.
Overall, this was a great book with a really simple yet powerful lesson. I would highly recommend it to just about anyone.