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Rl especially one with such controlling parents She is frustrated seeks their approval is embarrassed by their actions but loves them too They make a lot of parenting mistakes but Varnes is careful to paint them carefully taking care not to villainize them This book made me remember what it feels like to be twelve June captured my heart June Harper loves reading and she s constantly grabbing book recommendations from her school librarian Ms Bradshaw However when her overprotective parents find a book they claim contains inappropriate content they take drastic steps to curtain her reading Not only is her personal collection confiscated
but Ms Bradshaw is suspended the school library is weeded for content andMs Bradshaw is suspended the school library is weeded for content and can only read pre approved materialsFor June the restrictions are impossible But after spotting a Little Free Library on her way to school she hatches a plan to create her own library and soon realizes she s not the only one who covets the freedom to readAuthor Allison Varnes Deserves All The Praise She all the praise she get for delivering such a solid piece of fiction that examines intellectual freedom a Lots of references to classic and contemporary children s books and a pro reading pro library message If ou are a book lover Diablo (Texans, you have to read this book Interest Level 3 6What if someone toldou what Tommys Bestest Adventure you could and couldn t read Would that be fairWhat ifou got in major trouble for even having a book that was not endorsed by the school Would that be fair either The answer to both of those uestions is NO Well this is exactly what is happening to June Harper When she checks out a book from her school library that her parents deem inappropriate it starts a snowball effect of bad things First an amazing librarian is put on administrative leave second a majority of library books were hauled out of the school library and third kids are getting suspended for even having an una First sentence You re going to read a lot about me and the things I ve done Most of it s true I can t help that not that I d want to I would do the exact same thing all over again if I had the chancePremiseplot June Harper loves loves loves to read but when her parents catch her reading her latest check out from the school library The Makings of a Witch her worst nightmare begins What is her worst nightmare It s not that she s grounded though that does happen a lot in this one No it s the fact that her parents strip her room of every single book and not satisfied with that proceed to strip the school library of every single book as wellJune Harper a book glutton finds herself cut off from every source But that won t stay the case She discovers a free little library on her walk to school She takes booksand shares them with other students Thus becoming the REBEL LIBRARIANMy thoughts I think a perfect ending for Property of the Rebel Librarian would have been her sitting with her parents at breakfast and saying I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM LAST NIGHT AND YOU BOTH WERE IN IT IT WAS THE WEIRDEST THING ALL BOOKS BECAME BANNED OVERNIGHT AND READING BECAME A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IT WAS SO SCARY AND I COULDN T FORCE MYSELF TO WAKE UP THE WORST PART OF THE DREAM IS WHEN YOU RIPPED OUT PAGES FROM MY BOOKSIt had all the makings of a great TWILIGHT ZONE episode It was an eery alternate realityUnfortunately that s not the ending June Harper s reality is supposed to be believable to readers It wasn t Not even slightly Her parents weren t just following their own convictions and practicing their parental rights They were EVIL And they were good at it surprisingly good at it Somehow convincing the principal the school board the PTA the rest of the staff and a good percentage of the student body that BOOKS WERE BAD and that the LIBRARY needed to be closed indefinitely becaus. Izes 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'. ,
I had high hopes for this one Sadly I was rather disappointed The premise was promising June a seventh grade girl rebels when her both parents and the school she attends embark on a book censorship program However the degree of their censorship was so extreme as to not be believable While I do realize that was perhaps the point a little junior Fahrenheit 451 I personally need a book to be believable in order for me to buy into the story It is difficult to imagine a librarian being laid off for providing students with books ou are sure to find in most any public school library in America Neither could I buy her parents taking away every single book she owned and insisting on reading them before returning them to her bookshelves Had they not read any of them before Really Not a single one When the books are returned they have been edited entire pages ripped out and endings rewritten Anne Shirley serves bosom buddy Diana grape juice instead of raspberry cordial Old Yeller lives happily ever after he is not shot when he becomes rabid This one I could see the left doing because of the mention of a shotgunFurther the dialogue between oung June and her love interest are too good No one is that clever of a flirt certainly not a pubescent girl with no previous dating experience It must be nice to have someone tell ou what to say
to the boy ou pine after Cyrano de BergeracOn the positive side this does serve as a testamentthe boy Wives Cheating, Husbands Watching Vol. 2 (Wives Cheating, Husbands Watching you pine after Cyrano de BergeracOn the positive side this does serve as a testament the power of literature Unfortunately it is poorly executed due to its lack of believability I wish teenagers would go to such lengths in order to read but most are too busy with their electronic devices Please note that emotionally I really do want to very much like and appreciate Allison Varnes Property of the Rebel Librarian When in doubt go to the library And ifou don t have access to a rich and exciting library collection do what June Harper does build Fortune Favors the Wicked (Royal Rewards your own June has always loved books but when the adults in her life try to restrict her access to them they become even precious and powerful Packed with kid power and super fun references to books middle grade readers know and love or will want to get to know parts of this story actually had me cheering out loud Fast paced full of twists lots of opportunity for discussion I predict this book will be topping a lot of library piles Trigger warnings shitty parenting censorship35 stars So here s the thing I loved the idea of this I wasn t so keen on the execution It s a middle grade book but it reads VERYoung And et the protagonist is in the 7th grade She s interested in boys and dating she s a teenager her problems are very much teenage problems But it reads like she s 10 or 11 Even when her parents and the school start censoring things a lot of the books they re censoring are for much ounger readers Her parents at one point change the ending of Old Yeller so that he lives happily ever after rabies free And ou d think at the age of 13 they d be less concerned about books like Old Yeller and based on my experience of the
Reading Tastes Of 13tastes of 13 old girls concerned about Twilight The Hunger Games and Divergent Add in the fact that everything was very cut and dried the characters fell very clearly into two camps in favour of decimating the library and discouraging reading OR sneaking around hiding books in an empty locker with not a huge amount of depth to it and I liked this but didn t love it Honestly it s like a 3 star book that gets an extra half star for the librarian s storyline because that was kind of adorable I finished this book in one sitting staying up until one in the morning to do so It s a book about books And banned ones I was hooked I love the way Varnes did such a great job capturing the point of view of a middle school gi. When twelve ear 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 real. .
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