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Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz — August 18, 2018

Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz

downloadA 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 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.I 

This book was really really good. I appreciated the message and how it was conveyed. It was really really funny. The characters, plot, and setting were really well written. If you want to know more than you should read on.

The characters were magnificent!!! I loved and related to them all and wish that this book had been longer so that I could spend more time with them. All of them changed quite a lot over the course of the book. I really enjoyed hearing how all of the characters interacted and fought for each other. I loved them all and wish them happiness.

My favorite character was Amy Anne. She was so strong willed and I enjoyed the way that she had conversations with everyone else in her head. She was so smart, if only she would say the things that were in her head. I loved how everyone acted around her, before and after the book banning. I loved how much she read and think that she would make an excellent book blogger. I loved her independence and courage, by the end of the book. Honestly, I admired her determination to change the school’s library for the better.

The plot was very interesting and very very relative. I have never heard of any books banned at any schools that I know of, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know it happens. It makes me sad to know that people think that some books are bad and that they should not be read by children. I really liked the way that everything was revealed, in bits and pieces so that I was always kept guessing. I was constantly kept on my toes. This book was very relevant and it sends a powerful message to everyone who reads it.

The setting was very descriptive. I enjoyed the way that Amy Anne’s home was portrayed and the feelings that went along with it. It was very interesting to read about how everyone felt about books being banned. Everyone’s reaction was different but they all told me something interesting about the person. I loved how descriptive the school was and how the characters didn’t just stand there talking about what they were going to do, they did it as well. I loved the writing style and how it wasn’t like any other writing style that I have ever read.

All in all, this book was very well written and it sent a powerful message to anyone reading it. I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)