Review: Ban This Book by Alan GratzGenre(s): Contemporary, Middle Grade
Pages: 256
Source: Library
For: Book Club

Synopsis from Goodreads

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 read.

Amy 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 read.

My Thoughts

I checked out Ban This Book from the library so I could read it for book club. I got through the book very quickly as the audiobook’s only a little over five hours long.

I loved Amy Anne and her friends. I loved their solution to the book ban. I loved that this book shows kids that they can make a difference and stand up for what they believe in.

I really liked the story of Ban This Book. It was believable as to why books were being banned or challenged and how children may react to it. I think this is a book everyone should read, especially parents, since it reminds us not to arbitrarily ban / challenge books. I also liked its main message: no one has a right to tell kids what they can or can’t read except their own parents.

I’m glad I had a chance to read Ban This Book. I now want to read every book that was banned in the story because I think those books deserve to have their stories told too.

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