• Ban This Book

  • By: Alan Gratz
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An inspiring tale of a fourth grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library - by starting her own illegal locker library.

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.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Alan Gratz's Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

©2017 Alan Gratz (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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LOVED IT!!!

I loved this book so much! I stayed up to listen to it and I’m 30 years old 🤣 This book is traveling like wild fire around my classroom and now students are starting to ask for some of the books listed in here. I just loved it!

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Ban This Book

I loved this book. My teacher was reading it in class and I liked it so I wanted to borrow it from
the library. It wasn't available, so I downloaded the audiobook. It really set an example for me
to speak up and do the right thing which sometimes can also be wrong.

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Great Story

Bahni Turpin always does an excellent job of narrating any story I have heard her in. Cute plot, likeable characters.

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Perfection

The narrator Bahni Turpin read with the integrity and voice this book deserves. My students couldn’t wait to read this book. It was a great introduction to the issues of censorship and First Amendment rights. It inspired multiple written responses and activities.

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Awesome Read!

I loved the theme of stepping outside of your comfort zone to fight for what you believe in!

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loved it!

My 10 year old and I both loved it and we highly recommend this book.

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wonderful book!

Great story, with some interesting twists. The reader did a wonderful job. There's nothing like people working together to right a wrong. I'm older than the target age for this book, but I ignore that. I've read some wonderful books in all "age grouos." This is one of them.

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Loved the book & narrator.

Loved the story. It took me back to my school days. Quite a few laughs as the narrator spoke with different tones.

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Good Story

I love how the kids rebel against the book banning. I could not stand the main character's parents never putting hehr first. It made me sad for her. Either way, good book for the age group.

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I loved it!

I loved it so darn much, it's the best book ever. - Aspen 9 years old