The Thing About Georgie
The Thing About Georgie

What is the thing about YOU?
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The thing about poodles is that Georgie hates to walk them.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.

And the thing about Georgie . . . well, what is the thing about Georgie?

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Awards and honors
The Thing About Georgie has been named to ten state reading lists!
  • Cochecho Readers List (New Hampshire) 2009-2010
  • Georgia Children's Book Award 2008-2009
  • Maine Student Book Award 2008-2009
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Master List 2008-2009
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Master List (Minnesota) 2009-2010
  • Nutmeg Book Award (Connecticut) 2011
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers List (Illinois) 2010
  • Sunshine State Young Readers List (Florida) 2008-2009
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2008-2009

Graff employs a light touch, turning in a poignant, often funny exploration of what it means to celebrate one's skills rather than lamenting one's limitations . . . An upbeat and sensitive look at what it's like to be different, this novel will spark discussion. 

This is a remarkable story of maturation, featuring a boy whose growing up is not evident on the tape measure he keeps hidden in the back of his closet . . . This entertaining and thoughtful read will encourage youngsters to consider the true meaning of growth.

The Horn Book
This first novel uses the unconventional tactic of introducing its main character by inviting readers to touch their left ears with their right hands, something that young Georgie cannot do, "because the thing was, Georgie Bishop was a dwarf." . . . [Graff] sensitively and accurately depicts the emotions he struggles with. In Georgie, Graff has created a likable, realistic fourth-grader who is a dwarf, and more. 

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