Signs of Growth

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino is one of this year’s Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees. Jilly is a pretty typical twelve-year old; she enjoys participating in a chat group, and joking around with her parents and friends. Her chat group is based on a novel series that is very popular. When her new baby sister is born without hearing ability, Jilly gets advice from one of her fellow gamers who is also deaf.

Understanding a disability such as a hearing impairment is only one of the many discussion-based topics that the author has included in this book. There are also issues of racism, discrimination, police brutality, and inclusion of same gender and inter-racial relationships (Jilly’s aunts).

Jilly learns more about herself and her family, and she grows in character throughout her interactions with all of the important topics in the story.