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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  101 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
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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)
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!!!
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
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
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
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.
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 righ
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
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 appropri
Vanessa (splitreads)
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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, middle-grade
I respect Alex Gino and what they are trying to do here - simultaneously tackle the tricky topics of being Deaf and Black. Their mission, as stated in the author's note, was to provide white readers a resource to learn and I absolutely believe books are the best outlet to making this a reality. However, this felt really disjointed to me and I wish one big topic had been chosen to dive into, instead of skimming the surface of two opposing topics. Still, I learned some new things about being Deaf ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jilly P thinks she knows a few things about interacting with people who are Black and Deaf -- she has Black family members, and a Black, Deaf online friend. But when her baby sister is born Deaf, she finds she still has a lot to learn about that, and about other things happening in the world as well.

This was a good, quick read, with great characters. It's didactic in spots, but the author's note makes it clear that it was written with didactic intent. I thought it was interesting that Jilly and
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I mostly enjoyed this book, and I think it has a lot of valuable lessons to teach young readers. Even so, it fell a little flat for me. The actual story was often overshadowed by the lessons Gino wanted to teach, making those seem a little forced at times and breaking up the flow of the story. I think the book could have benefitted from being a little longer, and more fleshed out.
The state of affairs regarding how to talk to people who are different from you and how you will definitely mess it up, but that there is hope if you are honest and keep learning - for middle school trending younger. Talking to kids about microaggressions.

It felt heavy handed at times, but I think that only proves how dead on it is. It would make a good conversation starter. Maybe a good book club pick.
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 &
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
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
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.
American Mensa
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Book I Have Read in a Long Time!

Jilly Pirillo is a normal 12-year-old girl who loves books, especially the fantasy trilogy, Magically Mysterious Vidalia by B. A. Delacourt. On the official website for the series, De La Court, Jilly has made lots of friends of different ages, genders, skin colors, and disabilities, like deafness. After Jilly’s baby sister, Emma, is born deaf, and meets some of her friends from De La Court in real life, Jilly’s world is flipped upside down. With topics like r
Jo-ann Walsh
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner
Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of You Don’t Know Much Jilly P! All opinions are my own. This book released on September 25, 2018.
Jilly has a pretty good life. She has a best friend, Macy, she is a big fantasy reader and loves connecting with her fellow “Roses & Thorns” fans online discussing life in the fictional city of Vidalia, and her mom is getting ready to have a baby and Jilly will be a big sister! Her world is changed when her baby sister Emma is
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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