You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! (Hardcover)

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Reviewed by Anna
I love this book! Being a big sister to a Deaf really opens my eyes to a lot of new things, and I thought the author did a fantastic job writing about opening up to difference. I am very thankful that the author wrote this book because It makes me feel like I am not the only kid in the world that has been in a situation similar to this. Jilly had sudden change thrust upon her, and that’s what makes the book so great; it’s not your regular “perfect family” where everything is “ok” this book felt more real. Teaching us that life isn’t all perfect and reminding us to be strong, to stand up for yourself and others, to stand up for what you believe in, and to be open to change and difference.

— From Young Readers Advisory Board


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. The world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and hearing, differently from Emma,
just as it will treat them both differently from their Black cousins.

A big fantasy reader, Jilly makes a connection online with
another fantasy fan, Derek, who is a Deaf, Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for help with Emma but doesn't always know the best way or time to ask for it.

As she and Derek meet in person, have some really fun conversations, and become friends, Jilly makes some mistakes . . . but comes to understand that it's up to her, not Derek to figure out how to do better next time--especially when she wants to be there for Derek the most.

Within a world where kids like Derek and Emma aren't assured the same freedom or safety as kids like Jilly, Jilly is starting to learn all the things she doesn't know--and by doing that, she's also working to discover how to support her family and her friends.

With You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, award-winning author Alex Gino uses their trademark humor, heart, and humanity to show readers how being open to
difference can make you a better person, and how being open to change can make you change in the best possible ways.

About the Author

Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. George was their first novel. George was a winner of the Children's Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children's Choice Book Awards, among a host of others. George was also featured on several Best of the Year lists. For more about Alex, please visit

Praise For…

Praise for George:
Winner of the Children's Stonewall Award
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award
A Children's Choice Book Awards Debut Author

* “Profound, moving, and -- as Charlotte would say -- radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Warm, funny, and inspiring.” -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “There is pain in George, but not without the promise of a better tomorrow.” -- School Library Journal, starred review
* “George is an appealing, thoroughly believable character and her best friend Kelly adds humor and zest.” -- Booklist, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545956246
ISBN-10: 0545956242
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English