GiGi Amateau

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Claiming Georgia Tate

Georgia Tate wishes she could stay in Mississippi forever with her preacher granddaddy, her best friend Ginger, and the ever-present memory of her Nana. She desperately wants to tell Granddaddy Tate why she can't possibly move away with her daddy, but Georgia Tate feels so ashamed. Some men, like Rayford Jamison, were never meant to be fathers and Georgia Tate gets caught in the trauma of incestuous abuse. Georgia Tate knows she belongs with her beloved granddaddy and with the help of new friends, (or are they unlikely angels?) she is determined to find her way back to Granddaddy Tate.

About the book: by Gigi Amateau | Ages 14 and up, Grade 9 and up | Candlewick Press, hardcover May 2005 | Walker Books (UK), paperback December 2006 | Candlewick Press, paperback April 2007

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Claiming Georgia Tate Reviews

Judy Blume

It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau.


...tender and poignant story of a girl changed forever. Teenage girls will love her innocence and rally with her to the end.

Books for Keeps, UK (4 stars)

There is a solace to be found from unexpected sources and it is difficult not to be moved.


Highly recommended for public and school libraries and for school counselors and nurses offices.

Wall Street Journal

grim, but uplifting.

Solares Hill, Key West

Books like these are very important. They let precocious adolescent girls know that they're not alone, that bad things happen to good kids but they don't have to destroy them, and that it's worth soldiering on, believing in the adults who are good to you, whether they come in the shape of your religious grandmother or the drag queen upstairs. Things may or may not turn out for the best but it's a good idea to keep going on the journey. Eventually, you get to drive.

Richmond Times Dispatch

Georgia Tate is one of those rare literary characters who stays with you long after you turn the final page.

School Library Journal

From the smell of the fish frying at home to the feasts offered at summer revivals, this novel is very Southern, yet universal in essence. Encompassing terrible things, this is still a story of faith.

Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates

Claiming Georgia Tate is a moving story about a young girl growing up in the South. It is a testimony to the strength and resilience of children everywhere. Georgia Tate faces many of the life situations our CASA children encounter.


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