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Property of the Rebel Librarian av Allison…

Property of the Rebel Librarian (utgåvan 2018)

av Allison Varnes (Författare)

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Twelve-year-old June Harper, shocked when her parents go on a campaign to clear the Dogwood Middle School library of objectionable books, starts a secret banned books library in an empty locker.
Titel:Property of the Rebel Librarian
Författare:Allison Varnes (Författare)
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (2018), 288 pages
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Property of the Rebel Librarian av Allison Varnes



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June’s parents don’t want her reading any “scary witch books,” and when they find that she has checked one out of the school library, her Mom returns it to the library herself. That’s bad enough but then the librarian leaves with the police (that seems extreme?), and the library is closed for a while.

When it reopens, the collection has been culled only to include approved titles.

June starts her own library to circulate books she finds in a Little Free Library near her home.

I love books about books and readers. Here’s my elevator pitch: It’s kinda Middle-Grade version of the Footloose town with books being banned instead of dancing. I thought it was inspiring and set a great example of overcoming censorship and one person standing up and making a difference. ( )
  JennyNau10 | Dec 7, 2019 |
I realize that I am a librarian, but I think it’s irrelevant to this statement: I loved this book!

June has strict parents. Like, really strict. She comes home from school to find her parents disappointed in her and grounding her. She has never been grounded, so this crime must have been bad. What did she do? She read a book. It had witches in it. June is not happy and she’s embarrassed. The next day she goes to her librarian at school and apologizes that her mother is coming up to the school to turn the book in after school. The stalwart librarian is unfazed and happy that June enjoyed the book. After school, June is out practicing with the band when she sees the librarian being lead away by security. This cannot be good.

June learns the library is closed indefinitely; no one knows what happened to Ms. Bradshaw; her dad is head of the PTSA and likes the power; and, she is unhappy and disappointed. June’s best friend, Emma, knows that June’s parents are strict and gives her a book to read, which is all June now has to read. She learns to read surreptitiously by hiding her books. Teachers are on the lookout, so it’s a dangerous activity. Reading requires stealth. Now add in some middle school hand-holding romance. June is not allowed to date or go with friends to the local eating hangout because it could be a date. Graham is cute, rich, and likes June. Emma likes Matt. Let’s recap--we have strict parents, a boy who likes the girl of said strict parents, two friends who like two different boys (should be fine), a daughter of strict parents reading books in secret, and a school that closes the library to remove books.

People have to read--books are too good to not be read. The kids are missing their books! June notices the locker next to her is empty. Matt helps June store books that she gets at a neighborhood Little Free Library. Matt agrees to June’s rules about borrowing books. Eventually, students figure out where the books are. Matt and June become targets of the teachers as they watch them closely. Not so many people should be hanging out at one locker that seems to look like a line. Further complications are that Graham tells June she needs to behave, more or less. Conflict ensues.

I was going to read for fifteen minutes and then go to bed. Two hours later I had finished the book, so it’s a quick read. I enjoyed the conflicts and, unlike typical middle school books, the characters are genuinely pretty good people, except one spoiled brat. June has to be brave to become the rebel librarian of the school when it’s her parents that spearheaded the book “banning.” Eventually, the adults and the students will have a collision of wills. I was sent this book by another librarian to read, so this book will be on our next order! I already know several people to recommend it to. ( )
  acargile | Jan 25, 2019 |
This was a really great, thought-provoking book. The parents at Dogwood Middle School have decided to get involved with the library book selection in the name of "protecting the kids." Of course, the whole thing goes too far, the librarian is fired and the library collection is decimated. A seventh-grade girl named June, who's parents are leading the charge, decides to take matters into her own hands.

The book was well-written, but I thought a little heavy-handed. It is hard to imagine a school that could go to such extreme measures so quickly. I also read this within of year of reading Alan Gratz's Ban This Book, so I couldn't help but compare. That one has a similar premise, but felt much more real. Also, while Ban This Book happens with 4th and 5th graders in elementary school, Property of the Rebel Librarian stars 7th and 8th graders at middle school where relationships are starting to take on a new meaning as well.

Both are great book to start kids thinking about censorship and who should be in charge of what kids are allowed to read. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Dec 28, 2018 |
I’m a rule follower to a fault. But this is one type of rebel I could align with – a Rebel Librarian! Before we get into what I love about this book, let’s get one minor distraction out of the way. It’s not really that negative and most middle grade students will likely not even notice the improbability surrounding the magnitude of books banned . Very drastic measures were taken in the library with regard to removal of “banned” books, which were challenged by parents in the school. In reality, librarians have additional resources that would have been implemented compared to what the librarian in the story was able to accomplish. But as I stated, I don’t think it detracts from the moral of the story. Now to get to it! This book made me want to stand up and cheer for the main character, June Harper. She respected authority while also challenging it. She had to make important decisions about who to align herself with. She asserted herself and stood up for what she believed – the right to read books of all kinds. I think this is a great read for 5-7th graders, although it is listed as middle grade. There is a bit of relationship drama that is more early YA, but nothing a mature middle grader can’t handle. As a book lover, little library hunter and mom to two daughters (age 6 and 10), this book is one that I will be purchasing for them to read. This would also make for a great discussion book for classrooms, families or kids book club. It introduces many topics that are important in our current culture, but brings them to a level that is understandable for middle grade to young adults. It has themes that embrace empowering young girls to stand up for what they know is right, encourages reading of diverse books and developing unlikely friendships. After reading this book, I would like to cheer aloud for the Rebel Librarian in us all! Stand up for the freedom to read! ( )
  coastandanchor | Oct 1, 2018 |
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