An inspiring middle-grade novel about a student who finds the courage to speak up and fight back when her favourite book is banned from her school library.
It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favourite 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 favourite book was banned! All because a classmate's mum 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. The battle of the books escalates when she engineers a campaign to challenge every book in the school library. Because once you ban one book, you can challenge them all under the most ridiculous of pretexts: The Lorax portrays the timber industry in a negative light! The mouse in the room in Goodnight Moon is a health code violation! And let's not even start on the safety concerns raised by The Magic Treehouse.
Soon, Amy Anne and her friends find themselves on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what they can and can't read.
Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice, for readers aged 8+.
'Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Ann Ollinger . . . Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one's for you.' Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winning author of The Underneath
'Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse.' Lauren Myracle, author of the best-selling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011
A book lover's book that speaks volumes about kids' power to effect change - Publishers Weekly
Amy Anne's narrative is positively laced with real titles that have been banned or challenged and further enticing teasers for them...a stout defense of the right to read. - Kirkus
A powerful, gripping and brilliant middle grade novel . . . I will be encouraging my children to read this book, not only because it's a fantastic story, but also because it gives readers a powerful gift: to be able to analyse the difference between right and wrong and decide for yourself which side you want to sit on. - Kids' Book Review
ALAN GRATZ is the author of many critically-acclaimed books for children and teens, including Samurai Shortstop, an American Library Association Top Ten Books for Young Adults; Prisoner B-3087; The Brooklyn Nine; and the League of Seven trilogy (The League of Seven, The Dragon Lantern, The Monster War). A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Alan is now a full-time writer living in western North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
Look for him online at alangratz.com, facebook.com/alangratz, and on Twitter as @AlanGratz.