cover image Ban This Book

Ban This Book

Alan Gratz. Starscape, $15.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7653-8556-7

Fourth grader Amy Anne Ollinger is an avid reader, and when she learns that her favorite book, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is on a list of titles removed from the school library, she decides to read the other books on the list, from the likes of Blume, Dahl, and Pilkey. Other students want to do the same, and so the Banned Books Locker Library is born. Amy Anne and two friends collect the books, store them in her locker, and organize a checkout/due date system. When their secret library is discovered, Amy Anne is suspended, the school librarian is fired, and her classmates (including the boy whose mother initiated the books’ removal) come up with a plan to get the books restored to the library. Shy readers will recognize and respect Amy Anne’s struggle to stand up for herself, and conversations about book banning, censorship, and the Bill of Rights are primed for discussion in classrooms and at home. Gratz (Projekt 1065) delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level. Ages 8–12. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. [em](Aug.) [/em]