Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by starting her own illegal locker library!

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 
by Starscape Paperback
5/5 stars

What a delightful book to read! I'm so glad I impulsively purchased it after seeing on Instagram. Just looking at the cover, I knew it had to be on my shelf.

When Amy Anne Ollinger's favourite book is taken out of her school library's circulation, she is devastated. But when she discovers the reason why it has been banned, she is determined to do something about it. With the help of her newfound friends, Amy embarks on a mission to create a secret library amongst the students, which quickly spirals into something much bigger than they ever anticipated.

Ban This Book is a story of friendship, courage, and finding one's voice. It is an inspiring tale of standing up for what you believe in, both at school and at home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of references to other books, which made me break my book buying ban and purchase a few of the titles mentioned. The writing was captivating and the story was highly entertaining. I would definitely recommend it, not just to my grandchildren nut everyone.

The book was part of my 2023 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge #5

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