Review: George

George by Alex Gino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

George is an elementary school girl who is seen by the world as a boy.

My favorite thing about this book is that it is just a regular upper-elementary school story focusing on a girl trying to find a way to be herself and fit in, trying to find a way to get her family and the world to see her for herself. It’s easy to read and written in a way that kids the age of the protagonist can understand.

My least favorite thing about this book is that George spends so much of it being sad and sacred. Towards the end, the very end, she finds joy and real friendship. I wish we’d had a few more chapters of her normal life in happiness. I think kids need some examples of what life looks like beyond the struggle for recognition.

I hope that kids who are figuring out where they’re comfortable and their parents will find this book. I hope that teachers faced for the first time with a kid they don’t understand will find this book.

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Review: The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just listened to this one again, and it’s still so amazing. Pullman took my breath away all over again. Lyra Silvertongue, what heart! Though the sexism of Jordan College and its world grated on me un-ignorably this time, I was just as transported by Lyra’s journey, I felt the deep inseparability of her and Pan, I long to befriend one such as Iorek Byrnison, and Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter’s betrayals cut me just as sharply. Golden Compass is one for the ages.

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