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Ban This Book

Ban This Book

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"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"--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Starscape, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765385567
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 11, 2021

This is the quintessential Banned Books Week book for middle grade. It features, throughout, titles of books that have been at one time or another banned in libraries for various reasons.

Fourth grader Amy tries to check out her favorite book from her school library only to find a parent has objected to From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and rather than go through the established objection review process, went straight to the school board and had the book "banned." Taken off the shelf. For good.

Of course, she quickly finds out, it's not just this book that's been removed. She gets a whole list of books the parent has objected to, and had removed.

Which just ignites her desire to rebel and read them all. She spends her allowance, what she's saved, anyway, on a few more titles on the list. Soon others are seeing her read the banned books, and they want to know what all the hullabaloo is about.

Soon, Amy's running a mini-library out of her school locker.

But no matter how fast the books are checked out and circulate, the parental objector just keeps adding more and more titles.

Until Amy and her friends realize, they've got to do something about it, or there won't be any books left on the library shelf at all.

And suddenly, that doesn't sound like such a bad idea at all. That sounds like a strategy.

I won't ruin how it ends, or what Amy and her friends do to get the books back. But this is an excellent read for this week, and in general, so your students understand the impact censorship can have on their lives.

And excellent read!

Teacher's Note: There weren't as many free resources to teach this book as I would have expected to find.

Jan 07, 2021

This book brings to thought that the power of books and the written word is remarkable.

Nov 13, 2020

This book is very good. Really like how Amy stands up for herself!

Dec 18, 2019

This was a random read I picked up in the children’s section while looking for a Roald Dahl book. I was interested because of the title, and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed the story of the problems with censorship and learning to speak out for yourself.

In this book, you will meet protagonist Amy Anne, a shy, quiet girl who loses herself in books and never says what’s on her mind. After her favorite book was banned from the school library by one mother, she starts a banned books library in her locker, which quickly grows to an extensive size. As she becomes aware of the ridiculous censorship attempts, she must learn to speak up for her beliefs or watch as a lot of good books are taken off the shelves.

This book is a powerful reminder that books should be read by as many people as many times as possible. I recommend this book for all people, especially those who love to read.

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.

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_Kids 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.

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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Feb 27, 2021

Blessed_home thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

Jul 21, 2018

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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SPL_Kids 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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