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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,190 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister Emma is born Deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn.

A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects with another fan, Derek, who is a Deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice but doesn't always know the best way to ask for it and makes some mistakes along the way. Jilly has to step back to learn
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(I read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I discuss the content of the book, so my review contains spoilers.)

As a writer, Alex Gino doesn’t know how to play it safe. In their debut middle grade (MG) novel, George, the protagonist is a transgender girl who wants to be Charlotte in a play of Charlotte’s Web, so everyone can see who she is, once and for all. The book, which has reached so many young readers, continues to be a lightning rod for queer oppression and censorship.
Suzanne Steckert
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very ambitious book. Strong representation of deaf community (my daughter is hearing impaired) but missed the mark on the racial issues. Dialogue came off as preachy and disingenuous. It is hard to top George but the lessons are lost in the obvious and predicatable plot.
As a hearing white lady, I'm giving this three stars with some reservations and a strong concern.

I appreciate the effort that went into this book. Gino had a slew of sensitivity readers and was respectful of the communities being represented. I realize, too, that Gino has a platform for speaking to younger audiences about important life issues that are often maligned, misunderstood, or misrepresented by cishet people so it makes sense to use that platform to introduce other important topics
Laura Gardner
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @scholasticinc for the free book!
/5 for this thought-provoking MG book by #alexgino
Jilly (white, hearing) is introduced to the complexities of the Deaf community, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement in this moving coming of age story by the author of GEORGE.
YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING, JILLY P sucked me right in and never let me go.
Here’s why I loved it:
~*~* honest conversations like the ones between Jilly and her Black Aunt Alicia (her Aunt Joanne’
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colorinyamg, all-mg
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releases 9/25/18

Jilly P is observant and likes to think of herself as a problem solver. When a challenge arises, Jilly P will meet it all the way. After the joyful birth of her baby sister is quickly eclipsed by unforeseen challenges, Jilly P takes matters into her own hands to adapt and bring her family up to speed when it comes to the Deaf
Brenda Kahn
This book, Alex Gino's sophomore effort, has a lesson or two to teach and it feels like it, especially at the beginning. That said, they are very important lessons - about white privilege, microaggressions, racism, ableism and assumptions. During the first part of the book, I confess to being annoyed at the overly simplistic way Jilly P. spoke. She does sound younger than the typical seventh-grader. (I'm a middle school librarian) I did flip to the back to read the author's note as I ...more
MY HEART!! this book!!

Alex Gino is such a genius. The characters are so delightful, so sympathetic and real. Their voices are so honest, so credible. Jilly makes mistakes but she's constantly learning. She wants to be a good ally, friend and sister. The world would be such a better place if more adults would act like Jilly. Sure, she says the wrong things, sometimes she has the best intentions but she still messed up. But she owns her mistakes and she always stands up for the people she loves.

mindful.librarian ☀️
Thx to @kidlitexchange for this review copy!
Still struggling with long typing sessions so I’ll sum this one up with a list:
• incredibly important messages re: inclusion/race/Deaf community/ASL/police brutality/microagressions
• middle grade with a message for ALL
• one of my top MG reads of 2018 and one of my very shortlist of top books of Fall 2018. If you read MG, teach MG, parent MG, librarian MG, this book needs to be on your radar.
Robin Stevens
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, earnest book about a girl struggling to understand the world around her. (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Avery (Book Deviant)
thank you Miss Print for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

i loved this one as much as i loved GEORGE. alex gino is writing intense and badly needed MG books for the next generation.

full review to come!!!
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I devoured Jilly P in just a few hours, and I think that this book is going to be another game changer in middle grade literature. Jilly, white and hearing, looks in from the outside at both the big and small ways that Deaf people are discriminated against after her family discovers her newborn sister is Deaf, as well as the discrimination of black people, like her Aunt Alicia and her cousins. Her online friend is both Deaf and black. Between all these people, Jilly's world opens up wide. She is ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-mg
This book feels it was written to be an important book and will be read because of it.

I love reading middle grade books but this felt dumb down because it is for children. This author is not for me, this is my second try and I don't think there will be a third.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Had to read it to review for a magazine. Absolutely one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Basic plot: young protagonist learns to adjust her thinking after sister is born deaf; all cops and white people are bad.
Allison Parker
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jilly P and her parents are thrilled to welcome a baby girl into the family. But when little Emma is found to be born deaf, her parents are at least a little heartbroken and struggle to decide how to proceed - sign language? hearing aids? cochlear implants? Jilly logs onto her fantasy-novel fan club's chat room to see if her online friend, profoundinoaktown, can offer her advice, since she remembers that he mentioned he is deaf, too. But Jilly's questions about Deaf Culture, although innocent in ...more
Kayla Smith
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t2
You don't know everything, Jilly P is a really good book it's about this girl that loves Vidalia which is an app that kids can talk bout this book called Roses and Thorns while Jilly was on the app she meet a guy named Derek who was deaf and black. Then when her baby sister was born deaf she talks to him to help her understand more about being deaf. In this book, there is also talk about racism because Jilly's aunt is black and so is Derek they talk about how black people aren't save like for ...more
Jillian is experiencing growing pains in the form of life lessons. Her new baby sister was born deaf and she is dealing with some racial tensions in her family as well as in a newly forming friendship.

While this is a book written for kids, Gino is very open that it "is consciously written for white people as a catalyst to talk about modern racism and police violence in the United States," as they stated in the author's note at the end.

The part of the book that especially spoke to me was the
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book that I think is best for people in grades 4-8. You don't know everything Jilly P! by Alex Gino is about a girl name Jilly who has a baby sister named Emma who was recently born deaf. She realizes that the world is going to treat Emma different than her and that the world is going to treat her two black cousins (she is Caucasian) different than her. To learn how to deal with it she talks to a boy online who is black and deaf about his experiences and just life. Follow Jilly ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middlegrade, 2019
4.5 stars | Alex Gino writes amazing and very important middle grade books. This novel touches on disability (deafness/hard of hearing) and on the black lives matter mouvement. Nobody is gonna be surprised that I cried while reading this. Highly recommend!
2.5 stars

I'm glad I read the book to the very end because Alex Gino lays out their privilege and discusses why they wrote this book. First, I will say it is clear from their note that they are connected with the deaf community through biological relatives and this is likely why I felt this book was pretty solid on its treatment of disability. Second, it also makes it clear that they have no such connection to communities of color and that is likely why I had so much more trouble with their
Apr 12, 2019 added it
it was a good book because Jilly P learns to not judge anyone about what condition they have. If they are blind,deaf,Cancer,etc she learns to treat them the same as you treat other people.
Lindsay Nixon
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great YA book that lightly covers issues of race, white privilege, ASL/hearing loss and society attitudes around "disability"

If you're looking for substance on those issues, this isn't the book for you (try The Hate U Give).

While the coverage of the issues presented here IS thought-provoking (packed with a punch) it is mostly superficial and light, which I suspect was due to the tender age of the narrator. OR maybe the author missed the mark. Nevertheless, I feel the cursory stance was
Neha Thakkar
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jilly IS nice and IS kind, and still makes others angry and upset. Her family is educated and supportive, and present. But Jilly still has problems, she’s learning about being deaf as her baby sister is deaf. She is learning more about African Americans as her aunt is African American and her cousins are half African American as well. Jilly sees her extended family in new lights as their reactions show her that not all is black and white. What seems “nice” can be hurtful in layers (or as micro ...more
Alex Gino, as they say in the acknowledgments, writes books with the hopes that they will foster discussions between children and caregivers. I love that mentality and the ideas Gino writes about.

In You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!, we are introduced to Deaf culture; I don't know the last time I read a book that features the Deaf community (and I did learn a lot in that regard). We are also introduced to #BlackLivesMatter issues.

Unfortunately, You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! suffers from
Mary Thomas
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher, scholastic, for a free review copy.

This will be an important addition to 4th grade classrooms & up, especially for white students. Gino masterfully weaves so much into one story- racism, black lives matter, the deaf community... I learned a lot! Excited to hand this to students in the fall. I knocked off one star, because the voice of the character felt a little young (she is supposed to be in 7th grade but read more like a fifth grader to me). All in all an
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Aiming high is a noble aspiration, and it's great to read a good book that features things such as gender issues, disabilities, that sort of thing. Deafness is also underrepresented in literature so I always like reading more books with deafness, but this is just not a very good book.

It comes off as really preachy in parts, and in others, really SJW-y. Heck, a black person gets mad at white people making sweet potato pie. All the social issues in here are handled rather awkwardly, amd just
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtfully written book on a necessary topic analyzing privilege from being hearing and white and a child, Jilly P, seeking answers but really on a path to do better and understand more. There's no real resolutions here but the pathway to the steady work involved. JILLY P! doesn't talk down to nor preach to kids but engages them on the reality faced by many in marginalized communities. And Gino seeks to tread in a real and considerate way while never losing humor or heart. Very excited to ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most progressive children's books I've ever read, dealing head-on with contemporary issues like police violence against Black youth and marginalization of various forms. The basic plot of the book is that Jilly's baby sister has been born Deaf, and her family is trying to come to terms with that; Jilly turns for advice to a friend in an online fandom community, who's both Deaf and Black, and there are many awkward encounters as she makes mistakes and makes her friend feel bad ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to @scholasticpress for sharing this review copy with #kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own.

This #middlegrade book was AMAZING y’all! Alex Gino has knocked it out of the park (once again) with YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING, JILLY P! Important and timely topics include racism (both overt and microaggressions), white privilege, Deaf culture, and police brutality and WOW do they know how to talk about these tough things! I love how Jilly wants and tries to do the
Nicole Field
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely fantastic book by Alex Gino. The idea of being handed this book in primary school is just... I may not have understood all of the issues in it when I was 10, but by the 100th time I read it at 14 years old, I would definitely have been having some of the conversations Jillian has with her parents here.

Despite the antagonistic sounding name of the book itself, Jillian is a 12 year old who knows that she doesn't know everything. For most of the novel, she is doing her best to
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The hard thing about accidentally saying the wrong thing is that you don’t know it’s the wrong thing until you have already said it and hurt someone.” (166)

Jilly P’s baby sister is born Deaf. Through talks with her fantasy chat room peers, especially her new friend Dereck, a young Deaf Black adolescent, Jilly learns that she has many misconceptions about the Deaf and about racism. And that some of her well-meaning comments and questions are hurtful. At a Thanksgiving dinner with her aunt’s
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Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive.

When Alex started writing GEORGE in 2003, they had no idea how long a journey it would be, but the hole in children’s literature was clear, and they knew how they wanted to fill it. Now, after countless revisions, breaks of frustration, and days spent staring at drafts