Ban This Book: A Novel
Amy Anne is a reader. She doesn’t read books, she devours them, and now one of her favorite books is missing from the shelf! She asks her librarian, Mrs. Jones, about the missing book. A parent has taken issue with the content and had the school board remove it from the library. Amy Anne decides she’s going to read all the missing books herself. Soon other kids are asking to borrow them, and she takes Mrs. Jones’s words to heart: “Nobody but your parents has the right to tell you what books you can and can’t read.” Amy Anne creates her own lending library out of her locker, but more and more books are added to the banned list, and her locker is only so big!
Gratz has addressed the issue of censorship in schools with this great tale. The references to so many great books bring back memories for older readers and offer great suggestions for younger readers. This book is as good for the First Amendment and the rights of readers as his previous books were for refugees and Holocaust survivors. Gratz knows readers and his descriptions of the love of reading affirms this. True excellence.