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THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE by Lisa Graff

THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE

By Lisa Graff

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-06-087589-5
Publisher: HarperCollins

Georgie is a dwarf, and Andy, his best friend, doesn’t seem to care. The two are practically inseparable and even have a dog-walking business together. They have their own interests too; Georgie, for example, loves classical music even though his short fingers prevent him from playing the instruments his musician parents do. Overall, life is good. Then Georgie finds out his parents are going to have a baby who may quickly outgrow him—and be able to share music with their parents in a way that he can’t. He and Andy have a fight when Andy invites another friend to join their dog-walking business. Finally, Georgie is paired with Jeanie the Meanie, his nemesis, for a school project. How much can one fourth-grader take? A likable hero, Georgie is realistically drawn, and inventive suggestions at the start of many chapters will help readers understand some aspects of life as a little person. If a trifle earnest—every problem clearly presents an opportunity for Georgie to learn and grow—this is nonetheless a compelling portrayal of dwarfism, differences and growing up. (Fiction. 8-10)