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The thing about georgie - The Thing About Georgie - Lisa Graff


The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller than Georgie very, very soon.

From: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Volume 60, Number 8, April 2007
p. 329 | 10.1353/bcc.2007.0229

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There are enough trials in those tween years to make even the strongest and most popular kid lament his or her fate --- school, friends, the first inklings of romantic love, discovering one's particular strengths and weaknesses. Clearly, no pain equals no gain because nobody escapes those years without learning some big lessons.

In THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE, a fantastic first novel by Lisa Graff, Georgie Bishop, a fourth-grade dwarf who has been surrounded for the most part by kind and helpful people, finds himself in the middle of a change in his life that he could not have prevented and from which there is no escape. With particularly unsentimental pluck and smart thinking, however, he manages to reorganize his world so that the new things take the place of old habits and ideas that he doesn't need anymore, and he can move forward with self-esteem and happiness.

The ensuing circus of crazy times includes driving lost with an Italian-speaking grandmother, a girl with red hair named Allison who looks like the greatest girl in the world and turns out to be nothing but trouble, a stint as Abraham Lincoln in a school play while wearing tomato cans for height, and a heartfelt discussion in which parents find just the right words to tell their child how much they love him. THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE moves along swiftly and smartly, tempering Georgie's fears and anger with thoughtful and instinctual responses from the adults who control his life and the kids who share it.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller than Georgie very, very soon.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller than Georgie very, very soon.

From: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Volume 60, Number 8, April 2007
p. 329 | 10.1353/bcc.2007.0229

Project MUSE | 2715 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland USA 21218 | (410) 516-6989 | About | Contact | Help | Tools | Order | Accessibility

©2017 Project MUSE. Produced by The Johns Hopkins University Press in collaboration with The Milton S. Eisenhower Library.




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