Alex Gino’s timely — and unique — novel, written for children in grades 4-6, deserves a much wider audience. The New York Times agrees as is evident in its positive review. However, because the title character, George, is a transgender girl, the novel made the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) top ten challenged books list three years running, reaching the #1 spot in 2018. I voraciously read the book in a single day, tears frequently stinging my eyes. Join me in purchasing the book here and gifting it often.
Amy Ellis Nutt’s perfectly selected title drives straight to the heart of the matter. Though Nicole Maines is the transgender member of her family, her path to gender affirmation transforms not only her life but the lives of her identical twin brother, Jonas, her mom, Kelly, her dad, Wayne, and the family, friends, and community who support her. This highly relatable biography chronicles over two decades of the social, medical, emotional, and legal challenges — and triumphs — that drove the extraordinary evolution of the Maines family.