You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

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 to be an ally, a sister, and a friend, understanding that life works in dif...

Details You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

TitleYou Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Lgbt, Young Adult

Reviews You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

  • Ann
    (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 ...
  • Laura Gardner
    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...
  • Suzanne Steckert
    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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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 t...
  • 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.
  • Andrew
    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...
  • Beth
    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 ...
  • Akoss
    @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 9/25/18Jilly 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 fam...
  • Jennifer
    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 whi...
  • Neha Thakkar
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    E-ARC from Edelweiss PlusI learned a lot about the Deaf community in this story about family and friendship and being open to learning and growing.
  • Laura
    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 ...
  • Rachael Bookfairs
    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 o...
  • Billie
    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 i...
  • Mary Thomas
    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 ...
  • Laurie Balderson
    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)
    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
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusJilly'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 Myster...
  • Susan
    You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!By Alex GinoThank 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 admire...
  • Kathleen Guinnane
    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...
  • Toni
    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 confr...
  • Sandra
    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 b...
  • Kelly Hager
    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 ...
  • E
    A fast, engrossing read, with well-drawn, complex characters and relationships... and an important story to tell: tackling issues of Deaf culture, racism, and families... in a way that's scaled for a middle-grade reader. At least, it's intended for middle grade readers, and I think it works? But I'm not sure about some of the dialogue and some of the scenes. Not sure whether an actual twelve year old would stick with this book, or get its message...
  • Kim Nelson
    12 year old Jilly loves a book series and is in a chat group for middle school age fans of this series . Her mom is expecting a baby soon. Through the chat room, her sister being born deaf, and her beloved aunt, Jilly finds her voice and speaks up against racism. Jilly makes many mistakes while finding her voice, which I really liked. This is a great book for this age group that highlights how racism can be subtle and within your own family. It i...
  • Michele Knott
    I really liked this book. The parts about the hearing/Deaf part of the story felt so right. As a parent of a child who has a disability, I really related to the parents as they tried to make choices for their child that are difficult and tough, all the while getting “advice”, questions and criticisms from those around them.
  • Lily
    3.5 stars?
  • Suezette Given
    Solid way to spark conversations on a variety of topics.
  • Jamie B.
    I liked this book because it faces many of the modern worlds problems.