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Melissa by Alex Gino


Melissa by Alex Gino


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Winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Stonewall Award (American Library Association)

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But the fourth-grader knows she's not a boy. She 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.

Selected praise for Melissa:

“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

“A required purchase for any collection that serves a middle-grade population.” – School Library Journal, starred review

“Gino’s debut novel is a sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity.”-Booklist, starred review

“A timely book for parents to share and discuss with their children. ”–Entertainment Weekly

“Readers going through a similar experience will feel that they are no longer alone, and cisgender (non-transgender) readers may gain understanding and empathy.”–BookPage

"Gino’s excellent writing is gravy […] a life-saving book! – Lambda Literary

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