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 UnderneathAn Inspiring Tale Of A Fourth Grader Who Fights Back When Her Favorite Book Is Banned From The School Library By Starting Her Own Illegal Locker Library It All Started The Day Amy Anne Ollinger Tried To Check Out Her Favorite 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 Favorite Book Was Banned All Because A Classmate S Mom Thought The Book Wasn T Appropriate For Kids To ReadAmy Anne Decides To Fight Back By Starting A Secret Banned Books Library Out Of Her Locker Soon, She Finds Herself On The Front Line Of An Unexpected Battle Over Book Banning, Censorship, And Who Has The Right To Decide What She And Her Fellow Students Can ReadReminiscent Of The Classic Novel Frindle By Andrew Clements For Its Inspiring Message, Ban This Book Is A Love Letter To The Written Word And Its Power To Give Kids A Voice 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 And My Video Review 10 , 10 ,. A wonderful message about the the power of speaking up in this middle grade novel for book lovers and librariansThanks to the author for providing me with an advance copy of this novel for review purposes all opinions are my own As a school librarian, I am surely than a little prejudiced in loving this story so much a story of a parent getting a huge number of books removed from the school library without following proper procedure because the school board is bending to her will AND a story of a student fighting back by creating a library of banned books in her locker to share with her classmates I love the storyline of Amy Anne struggling to find her voice and actually speak up about things that bothered her, and finding her place in her chaotic family I do wish that the story would have been based on 6th or 7th graders, however, rather than 4th graders, given the higher level of the text and the locker premise I feel like the lockers would resonate with the middle school crowd rather than elementary and increasing the age of the students would allow the story to be appreciated fully by a much wider age range of students This story would definitely be appreciated by middle schoolers, but due to the 4th grade setting, most will probably stay away In addition, some of the racial references, while I understand their intention, felt a little clunky There is also a great Common Core aligned discussion and activity guide included at the end of the book Highly recommended for school libraries and classrooms, and a definite read aloud for 4th and 5th grades. ,. ,. I absolutely love this novel Ban This Book has a simple premise, a well meaning mother wants books removed from an elementary school library for various reasons that are important to her However, when avid reader Amy Anne learns her favorite novel is on the list, the quiet little book worm takes action Amy Anne enlists help from her friends Danny and Rebecca to save the books from being banned This novel made me sad, angry, and helpless as I read, because I know many books are banned daily in schools across the US However, I also felt hopeful, because there are Amy Anne s who can help fight the good fight to protect our right to read ALL books Amy Anne said it best Nobody has the right to tell you what books you can and can t read Except your parents I m so thankful to NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review I m also thankful to Alan Gratz for continuing to tackle important issues in his novels. When school boards start banning books because they don t like their content or ideas, it s time for them to go In our local district, I believe Barbara Kingsolver s The Poisonwood Bible was removed from the high school curriculum for a period for its purported anti Christian bias.This middle grade book follows young Amy Anne Ollinger s battle to reverse a decision to remove her favorite book and my sister s, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler among others from the school library She starts the B.B.L.L Banned Books Lending Library out of her school locker, and eventually takes on the school board, assisted by some friends some expected, some not The book is also about Amy Anne s family life and maturation over this seminal issue.I did not care for the she wants to say X, but instead says Y or says nothing style used repeatedly by Gratz although it is probably very real for most people. .