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George by Alex Gino. 195 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., August 25, 2015. 9780545812542.
Publisher synopsis: BE WHO YOU ARE.
First line: George pulled a silver house key out of the smallest pocket of a large red backpack.
Page 56: The air was filled with the buzz of a hundred students at recess, punctuated with yells, laughter, and, occasionally, Mrs. Fields's piercing whistle. She was a short, wrinkly prune of a woman with poofy gray hair who disapproved of everything and walked with a hunched back that made her look shorter and wrinklier than she already was.
This has received starred reviews from SLJ, PW and Kirkus as well as a ton of buzz on the interwebz. I was lucky to be invited to a Scholastic event at annual where a section of the story was performed in a reader's theater - so touching. I'm thrilled about the publication of this important book.