melissa, so far                  family guide


Alex Gino reading from their book, GEORGE, at The Toadstool in Peterborough, NH.


Last summer, GEORGE author Alex Gino came to Andy's for the Greenhouse Initiative where they worked with playwright Jess Barbagallo to adapt the book to the play, Melissa, So Far. Check out the original story and see what changes were made to bring this fantastic story to life on stage.


conversation starters 

  • What is Melissa like as a person? Did she change throughout the play?
  • What do you think it was like for Melissa knowing she is a girl but not being able to tell anyone? Did you ever have something you couldn’t share with anyone?
  • How did you feel about each characters’ reaction to Melissa’s news? What do you think your reaction would be?
  • How can you be an ally to someone who is being bullied?


LGBTQIA—Stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexual, Asexual/Aromantic, Allies and Advocates

transgender—Someone who identifies as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth.

ally— A person who is not LGBTQIA but uses their privilege to support LGBTQIA people and promote equality.



Make your own rainbow pride pin to show your support for the LGBTQA community. You can use safety pins with beads, ribbons, or anything you might find that has all the colors of the rainbow.