Meet award-winning author Alan Gratz, discussing and signing copies of his new novel for young people, Ban This Book. Presented in conjunction with National Banned Book Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, this event is recommended for grades 4 and up, and is free and open to the public.
Ban This Book is an inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library. She starts an illegal library in her own locker. Newbery Honor winner Kathi Appelt says, “Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Anne Ollinger. She's a true champion and testament to how doing a good thing is the first step in finding your own courage." Author Lauren Myracle adds, "Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse."
After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Alan Gratz began a succession of jobs--newsletter writer, high school teacher, university lecturer, bookseller, radio commercial writer, advertising copy writer, middle school teacher, library shelver--all the while working on various writing projects. In 2006, he published his first novel, Samurai Shortstop, an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. Since then he’s written The Brooklyn Nine, Fantasy Baseball, Starfleet Academy: The Assassination Game, Prisoner B-3087, The League of Seven, and Refugee, among others. He lives with his family in North Carolina.
You're Never Too Young to Fight Censorship