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When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
Melissa 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. Melissa 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, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. Their first novel, Melissa, was a winner of the Children’s Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Award. For more about Alex, please visit them at alexgino.com.
Praise for Melissa:
Winner of the Stonewall Award
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award
A Children's Choice Book Award
"Profound, moving, and -- as Charlotte would say -- radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Warm, funny, and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!:
"Gino's sophomore effort is every bit as affecting and important as their first." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Necessary and rewarding." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Rick:
"An important, innovative, well-plotted book that invites a large readership." -- Booklist, starred review
"Enlightening and important." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for George:
"George's struggles are presented with a light, age-appropriate, and hopeful touch... Warm, funny, and inspiring." — Kirkus, starred review
“Profound, moving, and—as Charlotte would say—radiant...” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle grade population.” — School Library Journal, starred review
"Gino does an excellent job introducing factual information into the narrative without impinging upon the accessible and appealing story.. Pair this important addition to the slender but growing body of transgender fiction with Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson (2014)."— Booklist, starred review
“George is a timely book for parents to share and discuss with their children, whether dealing with similar issues or simply to foster understanding.” — Entertainment Weekly
“[I]nsightful…it’ll resonate with anyone who has ever felt different.” — People Magazine "People Picks: The Best New Books"