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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  145 Ratings  ·  48 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. http://www.s
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 J
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.
Kate Olson
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.
Avery (Book Deviant)
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!!!
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 contemplate ...more
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
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 te
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 a ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-mg, colorinyamg
@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 communit
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 impo
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 se ...more
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 a ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus
I learned a lot about the Deaf community in this story about family and friendship and being open to learning and growing.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-mt-bookpile
Jilly P's education includes both Deaf culture and white privilege, not to mention being a big sister and trying to interpret initialisms like Y.Y.A. (Yes You Are). The last two are more humorous interludes between the first two. The Deaf subject arises because Jilly's new little sister is born deaf, and how her parents (and the doctors) deal with that - to sign or not, and when signing is ok (like waving vs. name signs), and what about cochlear implants - will be questions most readers have nev ...more
Rachael Bookfairs
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sophomore offering by Alex Gino packs in a LOT of topics.

Racism & White Privilege, Able-ism, Deafness/deafness ...

Jilly P is a middle school kid who is getting a new baby sister. She is also a big fan of a hot trilogy & she spends time each day on line with other pre-teen fans awaiting the final book release and rehashing details of the 1st two novels. When it looks like her infant sister might be deaf or hard of hearing Jilly turns to her online friend (Derek - who is deaf, black &
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex Gino has written another heartwarming and heartbreaking story of friendship and family and being different. Through the story of Jilly—whose baby sister Emma is born deaf—and her growing friendship with a boy she meets through the online fandom community for her favorite fantasy series, Gino addresses Black Lives Matter in a way that is sensitive and will make the issues easy to understand for readers. Gino doesn't just address the big issues around BLM, though, but also the daily "casual" ...more
Laurie Balderson
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.
Laura (bbliophile)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
I loved this book a lot, and it's definitely a very important read. I hope a lot of people will pick it up once it comes out.
Full review to come.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Jilly's is very excited when her mother finally has her baby sister, Emma, who is adorable, even if she cries a lot. When it turns out that Emma may have some issues with her hearing, it's good that Jilly has a close knit extended family that includes her Aunt Joanne, Joanne's African American wife, Aunt Alicia, and her children Justin and Jamila. She also has a support network in a chat community for the Magically Mysterious Vidalia trilogy, a fantasy series she really
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, social-issues
Thanks to Kid Lit Exchange and the publisher for the free review copy! All opinions are my own.

Alex Gino, much-celebrated author of GEORGE, is about to change your life again on Sept. 25th with their newest middle grade book, You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P! I’m in love with this book and its potential for engaging white readers in discussing #blacklivesmatter and the #deafcommunity

This story follows Jilly, a super-fan of a hit fantasy series who chats with fellow fans online. Her parents are
Alexa Hamilton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
Jilly P is a seventh grader whose mom is having a new baby. And there will be drama, but not the kind you think. Jilly's sister is born with some sort of hearing impairment--she may be deaf. And therein lies the drama, as the family figures out how to deal with this new challenge and figure out the Deaf community. Plus, Jilly has been talking to a boy online who is Deaf and she wants to talk to him about it, but winds up insulting him fairly often. That's not the only issue--Jilly has a Black au ...more
Lizz Axnick
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I think it should be required reading somewhere in the older kiddo curriculum. In a world where we thought we made strides to include everyone and everyone is equal (or so I feel) and now we've taken three GIANT steps backward, this book is incredibly necessary to try to regain any footing we have lost.

Jilly P. is trying to navigate her way through the seventh grade. She is a member of a community of kids' online group about a book series set in fictitious Vidalia, where ever
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!

By Alex Gino

Thank you to @scholasticinc and @kidlitexchange for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.

This story seamlessly encompasses so many issues of our world including LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter and the Deaf. Jilly’s favorite aunt and her wife have two biracial children, her baby sister, Emma, is unexpectedly born deaf and her friend, Derek, is a Black ASL (American Sign Language) user.

I admired how Jilly immediately jumped in to learn all she cou
Kathleen Guinnane
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
I read and advance reader copy of this book from ALA.

This book is a middle reader book that takes on a couple topics that aren't usually addressed at that age, but that children see and do have questions about.

One of the topics is people with disabilities. This book takes a look at Deaf culture and how people who aren't deaf don't understand the cultural nuances of the Deaf community. Jilly's life has been pretty normal and easy going until her little sister is born and it is soon realized tha
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Gino has really done it, showed us how a white author, and a white family can talk about racism as well as other isms. Jillian's baby sister is born deaf, and her family does not know how to handle that. Jillian has a crush on a deaf boy she met in a fandom online. As she gets to know him, she realizes how hard it is not to ask stupid questions and not to hurt people. She also notices the racism in her own extended family and learns to confront it at the holiday dinner table- better than an ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jilly starts to realize that she doesn’t know everything about life. Her eyes are opened when she begins to see that life is not all rosy and perfect. Her sister, Emma, is born deaf, which presents some challenges to the family. She also discovers that friends and family can be racist. She finds that not everyone has the same opportunities in this world, and she begins to adjust her ideas.

She is an avid follower of the Vidalia novels, and she becomes online friends with another avid fan. He teac
Kelly Hager
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. It's not even 250 pages, and it's so full of things to think about.

This book is told from Jilly's perspective. She's white and can hear, but when her sister is born Deaf, she starts to learn how to sign. And when she starts to approach an online friend for help, she makes a lot of mistakes and says things poorly and sometimes asks dumb questions. 

As the great lady said, "When you know better, you do better" and this is the story of how Jilly starts to know better. 

Jessie Bond
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings on this one. It's written for white, hearing children trying to navigate their privilege. Jilly P makes mistakes (and watches others make mistakes) in interacting with her Deaf sister, Deaf Black friend, and Black aunt, and she learns what she did wrong and how to do better. In that way, I think it's essential reading for all white hearing children. For me, it's just a little too...after-school special is the wrong phrase, but it reads almost like a story version of a pamphlet on ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, deafness
A speedy middle-grade book that has plenty to say about ableism and racism in America, which has a larger resonance.

The book is a short read at 234 pages (plus extra bits at the back). The pace is extremely speedy and the prose does not dwell on lingering descriptions, which may contribute to the feeling (for some readers) of didacticism. However it's written in an accessible way that the middle-grade audience can understand. Characterisation is good, with a variety of friends and family who eac
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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