Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
Publisher: Random House- Children’s
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Kindle Edition: 288 Pages
kindle Price: $10.99 USD
Hardback Edition: 288 Pages
Hardback Edition Price: $16.99 USD
Genre: Children’s Fiction
About the Book
When twelve-year-old June Harper’s parents discover what they deem an inappropriate library book, they take strict parenting to a whole new level. And everything June loves about Dogwood Middle School unravels: librarian Ms. Bradshaw is suspended, an author appearance is canceled, the library is gutted, and all books on the premises must have administrative approval.
But June can’t give up books . . . and she realizes she doesn’t have to when she spies a Little Free Library on her walk to school. As the rules become stricter at school and at home, June keeps turning the pages of the banned books that continue to appear in the little library. It’s a delicious secret . . . and one she can’t keep to herself. June starts a banned book library of her own in an abandoned locker at school. The risks grow alongside her library’s popularity, and a movement begins at Dogwood Middle–a movement that, if exposed, could destroy her. But if it’s powerful enough, maybe it can save Ms. Bradshaw and all that she represents: the freedom to read.
Equal parts fun and empowering, this novel explores censorship, freedom of speech, and activism. For any kid who doesn’t believe one person can effect change…and for all the kids who already know they can!
About the Author
Like librarian Ms. Bradshaw in Property of the Rebel Librarian, Allison Varnes has fought for her students. She taught English in special education for eight years and once had to convince administrators that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Harry Potter books were not endorsements of witchcraft. She’s from a family of teachers and has a PhD in education from the University of Tennessee. And like heroine June, Allison is a former marching-band geek. When she’s not writing, she howls along to the Hamilton soundtrack with a trio of Chihuahuas named after Peanuts characters.
Find her on Twitter at @allisonvarnes or on Facebook at facebook.com/allisonvarnesauthor.
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Let me start by saying this, “Property of the Rebel Librarian” by be a kids book, but this way a true rebellion. I loved this book from start to finish. In my opinion though, I’m glad Emma and June got back together as friends. It just teaches kids to not let some boy get in between your friendship, even though their friendship has been changed forever.
I would recommend this book to anybody who loves a good book about loyalty, standing up for your rights, betrayal and friendship.