The Book ‘George’ is changing its title to ‘Melissa’

George by Alex Gino is currently for sale in the Scholastic Store for $5.99 (paperback) and $13.49 (hardcover). You’ll find this book on the American Library Association’s “The Top 10 Banned and Challenged Books of 2020” list due to its LGBTQIA+ content. It is recommended for ages 8 to 12 and grades 3-7. The genre is CHILDREN’S.

The following is an excerpt from the book:

“When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she 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 beĀ 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.”

The author and publisher, Scholastic believe they made a mistake in titling the book with a name the main character didn’t want to be associated with and are therefore, retitling the book, Melissa. The book will have a new name and cover but the contents will remain the same.

According to OOM (On Our Minds) Scholastic Blog, new copies on Melissa will be available in April of 2022.


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