Author(s): Alan Gratz
Gratz's acclaimed and inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library by starting an illegal library in her own locker.
One man's junk was another man's treasure as my grandmother said. The same thing was true with books. One person's Captain Underpants was another person's From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
When Amy Anne Ollinger finds out that her favourite book, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, has been deemed "inappropriate" by a group of parents (led by one delightfully overbearing mother) and banned from the school library, she and friends start the BBLL - the Banned Books Locker Library. As more and more books are banned, including all of Captain Underpants, and the waiting lists for the books in the BBLL grow longer, likelihood of discovery grows as well...
Stuffed full of references to other books, and even a Dav Pilkey cameo (whose books are banned), Ban this Book will leave you with a huge list of other books to read. It's also a great book for discussing censorship and would make an excellent class read for Year 5 up.
A fantastic book about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, featuring mostly black characters and a realistic family dynamic. Highly recommended for 9+
'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
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.