Georgia Rules — 7 Comments

  1. I won’t be using this book in my classroom due to the social agenda being pushed here but I loved the writing and the reflection of the daughter who loses her dad and the remembrances she gains.

  2. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. If a student is not familiar with the culture differences between the northeast and southeast parts of the United States, this might be a good introduction. Also, for those students who are struggling at this age with change and navigating relationships, this storyline would be relatable.

    I feel, though, that the author tried too hard to throw in big topics throughout the storyline: disabilities, gay marriage, divorce, post-traumatic stress syndrome, a life-threatening concussion. Perhaps this was a way to reflect everyday society, but it seemed a bit much.

This book would be appropriate for upper elementary students (5th and 6th graders). It seems it would appeal more to girls. The topic of gay marriage can be a sensitive topic, though is not presented as such in the book. Educators might want to be aware and let parents know if they want to discuss with their child.

  3. I enjoyed this book very much and think many of our students will like it as well. It was so real, and the topics of conversation deal with so much that is going on today. The culture, friendships and love that I felt when reading this book was so genuine. It was an easy book, quick read and I cannot wait to suggest it to students this following school year. It is a book that kids will be able to relate too. A great discussion would come out of it for a project, I’m sure. 5 stars

  4. As an elementary librarian, this book will be easy to recommend to students who want to jump in and get lost in a story. It was well written, the characters are real and engaging, and this was a quick read. I enjoyed reading about how the mother/daughter angst was resolved. I enjoyed the contrast between Georgia’s family and the crazy, wild, loving Parker family. If one wanted to create a list of books about loving families, this book would need to be on the list.

  5. I enjoyed this book and found it to be pretty engaging. Overall, I would give it 4 stars. I liked this book because the main character was very real and went through experiences that are relatable. This book would be good for discussions about different types of families, the death of a parent, friendship and being part of a community, and learning about your family history. It could be used along with a lesson or assignment to learn more about family trees.

  6. I really enjoyed reading Georgia Rules. I loved how Maggie, the main character, was developed and how the reader was able to really understand her and her “troubles”. Middle schoolers will be able to relate to her as she struggles with the strained relationship she has with her mother. The inclusion of the Parker family will lead into the “nontraditional” family that loves one another and others, no matter what they are faced with. I wanted to get to know all of them better! I wanted to cheer when she started “fighting” to stay where “she belonged”. I loved this book. 5 stars! *****

  7. This book was an engaging read that works across age groups and experiences. I was a bit concerned after the first couple of paragraphs that it might skew toward a petulant child/angsty teen narrative, but it really developed the main character well and spent time on her choices and reactions, which I appreciated.
    It introduces characters that open conversations across a swath of humanity, including the more mundane or universal experiences like crushes and antagonistic child/parent relationships, but also lightly touching on complex topics like bodily trauma/disability, adoption and fostering, human sexuality and same-sex marriage, and developing relationships with our parental figures that acknowledge their humanity and imperfection.
    To be honest, I got engrossed in the book and didn’t analyze the reading level or vocabulary, however, this would be a good book to stretch younger readers or late bloomers without graphic or inappropriately mature content. All in all, I’m a fan.

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