Ban This Book: A Novel Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

"This book is a librarian's dream come true. Amy Anne Ollinger (a culturally diverse character, yay!) is confused when her favorite book "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler" has been "removed" from her elementary school library. It turns out the book has been banned for encouraging children to run away from home, lie to their parents and steal loose change from fountains. So what does Amy Anne do? She opens the BBLL--Banned Books Locker Library--so that the kids at her school can still have access to her favorite book and others that the school board, and one particularly well-meaning mother, have taken off the shelves for the good of the children. The message here is that no one has the right to decide which books children can and should read besides themselves and their parents. Intellectual Freedom 101 for middle grade readers, without being preachy or pedantic. Excellent (and funny, too.) Bravo, Alan Gratz!

Great on a second reading, too.
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"Like any self-respecting English teacher, I take the threat of a book being plucked from its shelf seriously. Heck, I've lived it when a former fourth grade student admitted to me on last day of school that he had taken numerous copies of Philip Pullman's THE GOLDEN COMPASS throughout the year at his mother's request...I kept replacing the copy thinking that if it disappeared, at least it was being read. Ugh.

That's why this title intrigued me. Knowing that Alan Gratz was wildly popular in my room thanks to his thought-provoking Refugee, I dove into it during the long winter break with a happy heart. I wasn't disappointed. Ban This Book will spark rich discussion about the First Amendment, civil disobedience, and learning to find your voice. After all, we should all "speak our mind, even if our voice shakes."

'I was lucky. My parents would buy me any book I wanted if I asked them to. But not everybody's parents would do that. Not everybody's parents COULD do that. That's what libraries were for: to make sure that everybody had the same access to the same books everyone else did.'
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" This truly could not be any cuter. Amy Anne lives in crowded house and to escape, she loves to read. When parents start banning books, Amy Anne decides she is going to run an "illegal libray" out of her locker so kids have access to all the banned books. When things go awry, Amy Anne and her "board members" come up with the best solution to the problem. SUCH a great book about why reading is important. SUCH a great book for mid-level readers. I need our school board to read this! " said.

" „Забранете тази книга“ от Алън Грац е история, която препоръчвам и като родител, и като читател. Учи ни да изразяваме гласно мнението си, да отстояваме принципите и убежденията си, да се борим за каузата, в която вярваме. Припомня ни защо обичаме да четем книги и защо е важно да пазим свободния избор! Още за Ейми Ан и тайната библиотека, която основава, може да прочетете в подробното ревю в блога " said.

" Просто невероятна! Благодаря на Райс и Алекс за възможността да я прочета! " said.

""Забранете тази книга" Алън Грац повдига доста интереси въпроси - какви книги четат подрастващите и кой определя дали са подходящи?
Ейми Ан е обикновено момиче, обича да чета и да потъва в измислени светове, защото реалността не ѝ харесва, но и няма смелост да я промени, тя е добра, примерна и послушна, докато в един случаен ден не открива, че любимата ѝ книга е махната от библиотеката и забранена. Въпреки че не успява да изкаже открито несъгласието си, тя се противопоставя на решението като създава Библиотечно шкафче за забранени книги.
Историята е леко идеалистична, но е чаровно, че разказът е от първо лице, така сякаш опознаване не само Ейми Ан, но и виждаме нещата от детска гледна точка. Има хиляди основания една книга да се смята за неподходяща или вредна, но това означава ли, че ако един човек е видял това в нея, то и всички останали ще го възприемат така. Забраните само карат съучениците на Ейми Ан да искат все повече да прочетат тези книги, а общата кауза ги променя и сплотява. Книгите променят, но и всеки открива, онова което вече носи в себе си.
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"If fourth-grader Amy Anne Ollinger were to be asked by Goodreads to name her absolute favorite book, it would definitely be From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Not that she doesn’t love other books, but this is the one she checks out of the school library over and over and over. So, imagine her shock when she goes to get it off the shelf yet again, and…it’s gone.

And it’s not just From the Mixed-up Files that is no longer there. The librarian, Mrs. Jones, tells her that it was decided by the school board that it is inappropriate for the kids in her school to read. From the Mixed-up Files had been BANNED, along with 10 other books, all because one influential (read rich) parent, Mrs. Spencer, decided they should be.

After her parents buy Amy Anne her own copy of From the Mixed-up Files, she lends it to her best friend Rebecca, who has never read it. Then, someone else asks to borrow it, and Amy Anne discovers that Danny, a boy in her class, has a copy of When Helen Comes, which was on the list and he’s willing to lend it to her to read.

As copies of the banned books begin to be swapped back and forth among the fourth-graders, it soon becomes apparent that something needs to be done to keep track of them. And so the Banned Books Locker Library, a/k/a the BBLL, is created in Amy Anne’s locker. And as more and more books are removed from the library’s shelves, thanks to Mrs. Spencer, the acquisitions for the BBLL expands accordingly, often with the help of other students.

Now, you know that the BBLL couldn’t continue for too long without the principal finding out, and she does, but not the way you would expect it to happen. And there are consequences, but one of the most important results of being discovered as President and Chief Librarian of the BBLL is that Amy Anne finds her voice and finally learns to speak up for herself about the things that bother her. And all the fourth graders learn that they can make a difference when they believe in their cause. Here, it’s censorship, because as Amy Anne explains: “Nobody has the right to tell you what books you can or can’t read. Except your parents.”

Ban This Book is a fun book with a serious subject and very serious message, but I believe it is one that kids will certainly think about as they realize that some of their favorite books have been challenged for all sorts of reasons. And, while this is an issue novel about censorship, it also addresses the idea that a school board can make rules for removing books from the library and then circumvent them willy-nilly to appease an influential parent and that isn't right.

Amy Anne is a wonderful character. She’s a strong, intelligent champion for books and readers, and she is loyal to her friends. After being caught running the BBLL, she didn't rat out her friends that helped her in an effort to make things easier for herself - now, in my book, that is a good friend.

I should mention that every book mentioned in Ban This Book (and there are a lot) has been or is still being challenged. Is your favorite book in the sights of the censors?

This book is recommended for readers age 8+
This book was provided by the Tom Doherty Associates
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"I truly started this book mocking it, saying that the blurb on the inside cover gave away the entire story. And then I read the whole book in one sitting and found myself cheering and sobbing at the end.

I love books. I love that the books I adore are different than those that my favorite people adore. I love that we all get different things out of all of these stories and can respect that they each have a purpose for someone out there.

While I didn’t always agree with the main character’s actions, when one of my favorite quotes (“Well-behaved women seldom make history”) was mentioned, I even could come to terms with her behavior.

This book was an awesome first read of 2018!
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