Review! Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Ban This Book
By Alan Gratz
256 pages – ages 9+
Published by Starscape on August 29, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.”

What I Thought- I absolutely devoured this book! It is a clever look on free speech, censorship, and the banned book list. Gratz makes valid points about how opinions matter, and should be considered, but when one opinion is deciding for others it is unacceptable. The characters are endearing, and are able to think creatively and problem-solve; in essence, they are great role models for readers. Gratz was able to create an empowering book whilst still writing a fun story, and this is definitely a prime example of keeping readers engaged and informed. The book encourages a new wave of readers that think for themselves, and I love this.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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13 replies

  1. A clever idea for a book!! Well done.

  2. I just might have my kids read this book! Thanks for the info!

  3. I have seen this book around, but didn’t know much about it. I will definitely have to read it. I used to read The Mixed-Up Files with my 5th graders for many years. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Wow this sounds like a great book! Thanks for recommending this.

  5. An important and timely book! I love Alan Gratz. Can’t imagine he published two books in one year. Loved Refugee. Will look for this book! Thanks!

  6. wow I’ve read it, love the book 🙂

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