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The Thing About Georgie

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,326 ratings  ·  201 reviews
As far as Georgie is concerned, everyone has a "thing"

The thing about poodles is that Georgie Bishop 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 Andy's nonna is that she kisses Georgie's cheeks and doesn't speak one word of English.

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ebook, 224 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 30th 2007)
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Arminzerella
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Cheryl
Georgie is a Little Person. He has one best friend and, now, that best friend seems to be drifting to spend more time with a tall-sized popular-type kid who Georgie is certain will join his long line of personal mockers. To make matters worse, Georgie's parents have a new diversion that challenges their love for him, as well, one that might remind them of their disappointment that Georgie cannot fulfill their musical aspirations they had in their child.

Just when it seems that things couldn't get...more
Misty Kincade
Literary Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee, Bluestem Book Award Illinois Children's Choice Award Nominee
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: MG (4-8)

Brief Summary:
Nine-year-old Georgie Bishop firmly believes everyone has a “thing”. The current thing about his mom is that she is pregnant and might just have a baby who is taller than him. Georgie’s thing just so happens to be that he has dwarfism. With the new baby arriving, Georgie fears his parents will favor his new baby br...more
Mrs. Kris's Class
What is the thing about georgie? shoe laces? math races? icky girls? boys that hurl? dog fights? prety sights?....................................or does he have a thing?
Carolyn
The thing about me is, I am plowing through 50 children's novels as a Battle-of-the-Books coach. And, I loved this one. While not a classic in the manner of Charlotte's Web or some of the others, it is well written, age appropriate (!), and teaches some nice lessons along the way. Georgie is a dwarf in 4th grade and is having some problems: his parent's are expecting a baby (will is be "normal"??), his best friend is becoming chummy with someone else, and he has to do a big school project with J...more
Elizabethcd96
This was a fantastic book. I usually don't like books when the main character is disabled but this one I liked a lot!
Brenda
A while ago I wrote a blog post about a collection of books that shared what I thought of as "typical" kids. At that time I lamented that it was challenging to find boys portrayed as they are - rather than super goofy or foolish or afraid. I know that it's great to be able to laugh at yourself, but sometimes it would be nice to just be. A comment on that post led me to A Thing about Georgie.

The thing about Georgie Bishop is that he is a dwarf. He's in fourth grade. His best friend, might not be...more
84-The_enlightment_of_Doctor_Grace_part5_Jesus
The thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff is about a kid with dwarfism. Dwarfism is when your body doesn't develope fully so you are very very short no matter how old you get. Georgie is an only child until he finds out his mother is pregnant. He starts worrying that his parents, both musicians, will like the baby better because it will be able to play instruments because it will be normal sized. He and his best friend Andy have a dog walking business where Georgie can only walk small dogs because h...more
Nura
The thing about me is I’m taller than most of my friend in the grade school
The thing about me is I really suck at sports
The thing about me is I can’t do butterfly stroke (truth is I can’t swim at all)
The thing about me is I don’t have a knack in music
The thing about me is I tend to let my mind running wild
The thing about me is I like slacking off and daydreaming
The thing about me is I’m not a girl of fashions
The thing about me is I’m glad I have a brother not a sister :p

sempat ngeduga kalo Geor...more
Samantha
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars.

It was that good.

I know this isn't really my normal genre, but I have to say, I enjoyed it more than several of the YA paranormal books I've read recently. Lisa Graff is one of my new, favorite writers. Regardless of what is your favorite genre, you should give this story a try.

The Thing About Georgie is a story about a fourth-grade boy who happens to be a dwarf. The story is so real, the characters are so real, the struggles Georgie and his friend...more
Dani
I read “The thing about Georgie” by Lisa Graff and I enjoyed it very much. I rated this book five stars because it was really fun to read. The suspense in the book mixed well with the sadness because of what Georgie felt and how the baby was growing. The things I loved of the book were its plot, the problems, and Georgie´s emotions. The plot had plenty of problems and I liked it, Georgie’s emotions changed many times, he felt furious, sad, happy and confused. Those were the reasons why I rated...more
Michelle

The Thing About Georgie

Author: Lisa Graff

Summary: This book is about a boy called Georgie the problem about this boy is that he doesn't have something unique. Everybody has a thing except Georgie. Georgie is a dwarf because he is very small. Georgies mom is pregnant and Georgie its scared that the baby will be taller than him. Georgie can't do many things like some people.One day Georgie got mad with his best friend Andy, because of there job of walking dogs they alway fighted for who is walkin...more
Ozboz
“The thing about Georgie” by Lisa Graff is a realistic fiction story about dwarfism. It takes place in Georgie’s house in present time. The characters of the story are Georgie, Jeanie, Andy, Georgie’s mom and dad, Andy’s mom, Andy’s grandma, Russ, Georgie’s baby sibling, and Georgie’s teacher. In this story there is an internal conflict, Georgie is a dwarf and is very different from everyone. His friendship changes because of it and it changes his ability to walk dogs and what kind of dogs he w...more
Fill Weeney
The Thing About Georgie is a novel by Lisa Graff about a fourth grade dwarf named Georgie Bishop. He is an only child and has a best friend named Andy. But when Georgie finds out his mom is having a baby--a baby who someday will be bigger than Georgie, his life goes crazy. His best friend replaces him with someone else, his parents seem to not care about him, and his arch-enemy, Jeanie the Meanie, has to work on a project with him. When it is time for the school play about presidents, he doesn't...more
Ericka
4th-6th Grades

Graff created a fun world for any child to enter into. She takes real life situations and places them into her book. The cover for the book was a fun book that showed a top hat of Abraham Lincoln. it was very fitting for the story because of one of the main oxymorons, a dwarf named Georgie playing Lincoln in the school play. Graff had about 250 pages of top to bottom writing that could keep any kid interested. She set up a great plot with lots of drama that a young child could rela...more
Nobies57
The book begins with instructions from an anonymous writer telling the reader to do things like sit on the floor and bring the knees to the chest. Simple physical acts, that always end with the fact that Georgie cannot do these things, because....the thing about Georgie is that he is a dwarf. Or is that really the thing? Georgie is a inspiring 5th grade student who rises above his physical limitations despite the fact that he must continually deal with people who cannot see beyond them. To say t...more
Debbie Tanner
The thing about Georgie is he's really different from everyone else, but in a lot of ways, he's just the same. He has trouble with his best friend (who wants to be friends with someone else too) and the really mean kid and then his mom and dad have some big news that's going to change everything. It's a great story about understanding that there are things that each person is good at as well as things they are not so good at.
RLL52013_AnnaliseCaudill
This is a book similar to "Wonder" or "Out of My Mind" where students are introduced to someone different than them and learn how to be empathetic and understanding of everyone. Georgie is a fourth grader and happens to be dwarf. He tries to discover the thing about him throughout the story. He has to also deal with the fact that his mom is having a baby and he worries if the new baby will be a dwarf like him or even outgrow him at an early age. Through some funny escapades and touching moments,...more
Donna
The thing about Georgie is that he's a dwarf. Not a fantastical being, but a small human. George Washington Bishop is in 4th grade and is only 42 inches tall. That means he can't do a lot of things that most people take for granted like tie his shoes, wrap his arm over his head, or hold a pencil between his thumb and index fingers. He'a also smart, imaginative, and a good swimmer. He runs a dog-walking business with his best friend Andy and tries to avoid Jeanie the Meanie (who really wants to b...more
Abby Johnson
The thing about Georgie is that he's a dwarf. The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby - a baby that will eventually be taller than him. The thing about Georgie's best friend Andy is that he's making a new best friend and leaving Georgie out. And the thing about the meanest girl in Georgie's class is that she's going to be Georgie's partner for their history project. Could fourth grade get any worse??

The thing about The Thing About Georgie is that it's not a story about a boy de...more
Stephanie
Reading The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff gave me a new perspective on life. I could easily relate to Georgie and the many struggles he has to overcome. I think his worries about his height and the things he couldn’t do were holding him back. We all do that sometimes. We focus so much on what we can’t do and forget to focus on what we can do. I learned a lot from reading this book and I am so glad I picked it up. Georgie is a funny kid who gets mad, jealous, and hurt- just like all of us. I...more
Jamie
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Fbooks75
Jan 29, 2009 Fbooks75 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a quick read and it is grate
Recommended to Fbooks75 by: Halan rufine reading gole
Shelves: 6th-read
The Thing About Georgie is a great book. When you read this book you will find out that the thing about Georgie is that he is a dwarf. He has difficulties throughout the book, that he has to cope with everyday. One thing is that at school he does not have a specially made desk like he does at his house. So at school he has to have a stool under his feet, a pillow behind his back, and sit on phone books. Could you imagine all of this just to sit at a desk? What there's more, he has just had a fi...more
Lisa Lecompte
The think about Georgie Bishop is that he is a dwarf. He is not able to stretch his right arm across his head and touch his left arm, rest his head on his knees, or reach things that others do with ease. He has one friend, Andy, and one enemy, Jeanie the Meanie, but Georgie is an all around happy kid. When Russ befriends Andy, Georgie is suddenly jealous and jeopardizes their friendship. Then Georgie finds out that his parents are going to have another baby and fears being quickly outgrown by Ba...more
Bev
This charming book is perfect for students in grades 3-6. It's about a pre-teen boy who is a dwarf and how he navigates his way through school, friendships and family issues as he heads toward adolescence. Sounds heavy, but the story is filled with humor and grace. Beautifully-written. Can't wait to meet the author, Lisa Graff, when she visits our school later this month.
Jackie
The thing about Georgie is...he overcomes the difficulties his short stature throws at him with the help of good friends and loving parents. Georgie and Andy have been friends 'forever' but when a heated argument damages their friendship, Georgie is lost and forlorn, especially now that he's found out his mom is having a baby. Somehow, Georgie gets stuck doing a project with Jeannie the Meanie and is tormented by her pranks and laziness. But, when Jeannie defends him when another person ridicule...more
Jennifer Deutsch-delgado
I read this book in preparation to the upcoming Author Visit at the elementary school I work in. I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me of Wonder, which is another of my favorite books. Looking forward to meeting Lisa Graff.
Emily
The thing about poodles is that Georgie Bishop 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.
Sue
This was a Battle of BOoks selection for Midland and the library is doing it for their book club this month. This was a really well written book.

It's about a 4th grader named Georgie who's a dwarf and besides the usually coming of age stuff that everyone has to deal with, he's a dwarf and has to deal with the physical limitations that go along with that.

It was an incredibly uplifting book and the moral is basically, don't use you handicaps as an excuse. We all have 'something' about us, but we a...more
B
J This very enjoyable story about a ten year old boy who happens to be a dwarf, 42" high and not growing anymore, and the emotional turmoil he goes through when first, he loses his best friend,then has to do a school report with someone who has always been mean to him, and then finds out his mother is carrying a child, who will probably be of normal stature. A very clever device, another voice sprinkled throughout, helps us understand his limitations and capabilities. For instance, I never reali...more
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