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Authored by Alex Gino, George details the struggles of George a young child that everyone believes to be a boy. The book captures topics of the LGBTQ community and packs it into a story that captures both young and old audiences.


"When people look at George, they see a boy. But George 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."

About the Author

Born and raised on Staten Island, NY Alex Gino is an activist and advocate for LGBTQ+ communties. In 2007 Gino serves as co-chair of LGBA at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania and serves on the board of NOLOSE today. Gino also serves as a member of We Need Divserse Books and PEN America. Along with George, Gino has also authored You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!, published in 2018 and Rick, 2020.


Awards and Recognition for George

Alex Gino's work George won:

  • Lambda Literary Award

  • Stonewall Award

  • Children's Choice Book Awards Debut Author

  • Juvenile California Book Award

Recognized in the following reviews:

  • Booklist

  • Kirkus

  • Publisher's Weekly

  • School Library Journal

Ranked in:

  • iBook best of 2015

  • Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books 2015


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