Ban This Book

Ban This Book

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You're Never Too Young to Fight Censorship!

In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.

Ban This Book is a stirring defense against censorship that's perfect for middle grade readers. Let kids know that they can make a difference in their schools, communities, and lives!

"Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero.... Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one's for you." --Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Underneath

" Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse."--Lauren Myracle, author of the bestselling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011

"Quick paced and with clear, easy-to-read prose, this is a book poised for wide readership and classroom use."-- Booklist

"A stout defense of the right to read." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Gratz delivers a book lover's book that speaks volumes about kids' power to effect change at a grassroots level." --Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York :, Starscape, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765385567
0765385562
Characteristics: 255 pages

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SPL_Childrens Feb 23, 2018

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readingfairy
Jul 21, 2018

This was an awesome book! I don't rate books with 5 stars often, but this one definitely got it!! It shows readers the importance of the First Amendment and that you should stand up for the things you know are right. I loved the main character, who had real problems and learned to overcome them, and my favourite part was when she talked at the school board meeting and presented the thousands of Request for Reconsideration forms. I felt very happy when she succeeded and sad when things didn't work out. I enjoyed this book a lot, and now I have entire lists of new books I want to read ;)
HIGHLY recommended, especially if you love books.

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mqy
Jun 05, 2018

A relevant book about censorship and how to stand up to for your right to read according the intellectual freedom. A young fourth grader with the help of her peers uses her lockers to accumulate books banned by some school members and lends them out to her fellow classmates.

lindsay_r Mar 02, 2018

I loved this book and its love for books and libraries! It's a very charming story of standing up for what's right and learning to speak up. It was fun to read as a library worker who grew up with many of the banned books listed, and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it as a shy, book-loving kid.

coloradobuck Feb 23, 2018

As a grownup, I enjoyed this book very much!! I now want to read all the books that were in the banned list. Quick read. Thought provoking. Great development of main character from timid and meek girl into someone who speaks out for what she believes in.

SPL_Childrens Feb 23, 2018

A full review can be found in Summary".

ArapahoeBetsy Dec 19, 2017

When Amy Anne's favorite book is removed from her school library, she wants to speak out, but can't. That's a hard thing for a lot of kids to do! Instead, she starts running a banned books library out of her locker. There are consequences, but Amy Anne is ready to pay the price to make sure one parent does not get to decide what everyone else's children can read. Empowering story and great introduction to the First Amendment and censorship.

samcmar Nov 19, 2017

I enjoyed Ban This Book. It's the story of a girl whose favourite library book has been removed from her school's collection on the challenge by one parent. This parent then uses her power of the school to have other popular titles banned so that they cannot be enjoyed by others.
Our heroine, Amy Anne, tries to go to a school board meeting to speak out against this decision, but she afraid and in the end doesn't. Mad at herself for not fighting back in that instance, she begins to hide popular banned books in her locker for the students at her school to check out. It's a story about trying to make changes and have other's make formulate their own opinions before books should be challenged.

Ban This Book has a lot of charm to it as Amy Anne and her friends are very cute, and you gotta love their gusto about preserving and sharing books regardless of content. I love how this book was a love letter to banned books, and it was great to see a history of popular banned items shared throughout the story. I also loved that it shows such a level of love and respect to library workers and what kinds of complicated feelings go into collections and ensuring that everyone has equal access to materials.

I believe that Ban This Book has a wonderful and important message about censorship and the freedom to read. It's a great middle grade novel that will introduce readers to so many books that have been banned or challenged, what the reasoning was and how people come together all in the name of literacy.

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blue_bird_4837
Sep 12, 2017

This book was really fun!!! I would recommend this book to kids who want to be lawyers, and for people who like reading banned books.

Reason that this book might be banned:
1) Way to awesome,
2) Teaches kids to stand up for what they believe,
3) It encourages kids to read.

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readingfairy
Jul 21, 2018

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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SPL_Childrens Feb 23, 2018

Hands down … Alan Gratz’ newest book for tweens, “Ban this Book”, should be available in every school and public library!
When 4th grader Amy Anne Ollinger discovers that her favourite book, “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”, has been removed and banned from her school library at the insistence of a parent, she and two friends take action. They set up a “secret” BBLL (Banned Books Locker Library) to make available the books which the parent has decided are “inappropriate” reading for students.
Of course, their schoolmates eagerly borrow the books! (Who can resist reading a book that’s been forbidden?)
When the locker library is discovered by the principal, Amy Anne and her cohorts find a clever way to counter the banned books problem in their school. Soon after that, soft-spoken, quiet Amy Anne finds the courage to speak up at a school board meeting about censoring books in local school libraries, with positive results.
Alan Gratz tackles some important messages and issues in this novel: censorship and who should decide what kids can or can’t read, the power of speaking up, the effectiveness of working together to solve a problem and making assumptions about others.
In his author’s notes, Gratz observes that each title banned in this story has actually been removed from a library somewhere.
Some useful discussion guides are included.
This year, Freedom to Read Week is February 28 to March 3.
Note: The Stratford Public Library does own a copy of E.L. Konigsburg’s “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!
** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.

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