• READU Book Club Meetup #24 (April 3rd, 2022)

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    Ban This Book: A Novel

    Alan Gratz

    Paperback (Starscape, May 1, 2018)
    You’re Never Too Young to Fight Censorship!In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a 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 that will make you laugh and pump your fists 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. Ban This Book is a stirring defense against censorship that’s perfect for middle grade readers. Let kids know that they can make a difference in their schools, communities, and lives! “Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you." ―Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Underneath“Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse.”―Lauren Myracle, author of the bestselling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011“Quick paced and with clear, easy-to-read prose, this is a book poised for wide readership and classroom use.”―Booklist "A stout defense of the right to read." ―Kirkus Reviews“Gratz delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level." ―Publishers Weekly
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    Song for a Whale

    Lynne Kelly

    Paperback (Yearling, Dec. 31, 2019)
    In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to "sing" to him! But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves."Fascinating, brave, and tender...a triumph." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
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