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Ban This Book
Ban This Book | Alan Gratz
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Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero.... Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This ones for you. Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Underneath An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school libraryby starting her own illegal locker library! It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. Thats when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmates mom thought the book wasnt appropriate for kids to read. Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read. Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Alan Gratz' Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice. 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
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MaggieCarr
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From my 10 year old
"I like this book because it talks about books. I personally love books because reading is the best thing ever! I think it is interesting that people ban books because of every little thing that one person thinks is bad for kids. I want to read a lot of other books mentioned inside.. except the scary one [Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark]."

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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would have read this in one sitting, if my day had allowed. What a great #NYWD22 selection and first read of the year.

Amy Anne is horrified to learn that her favorite book (From the Mixed Up Files…) is not available at her school‘s library b/c a parent has deemed it “inappropriate”…along with several other books. The banned books are Amy Anne‘s call to action as she sets up an underground library to make these titles accessible…

JackOBotts This was such an enjoyable, feel-good read. A young girl finds her voice to speak up for what she believes in…got this Momma teary eyed, too. 💜 I can‘t wait for my son to read this book in a few years. 📚📚📚 9mo
monalyisha The sweetest review! 💓 Glad it was a winner! 9mo
SRWCF Sounds cute! Don't parents know that as soon as something gets "banned," that very something will be very much sought after??? 9mo
MeganAnn Yay! I‘m so happy you enjoyed it! This one had me teary eyed as well. ❤️ 9mo
JackOBotts @SRWCF - right! Like, “what‘s so ‘bad‘ about XYZ?” I really enjoyed seeing how the kids came together and ultimately took a stand for what they felt was right. Really empowering and a good message to children to use their voices. Give me hope…💜💜 9mo
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JackOBotts
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“Good books shouldn‘t be hidden away. They should be read by as many people as many times as possible.”

Yes! 🙌🏼 📚 #NYWD22

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Jeg
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Lent to me by a school librarian it‘s a great little book. I recommend all book lovers to get a copy, read it then pass it along to a child in your life. So much in it. Set in an American school the essential points are universal.
“Nobody has the right to tell you what books you can and can‘t read . Except your parents,”
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Sounds great 😊 11mo
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Bookish_Gal
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4-6 grade book about those grades fighting back against book banning in their school library. Amy Anne is a quiet child, spends all her time at the library, and reminds me so much of myself when I was younger. (I was homeschooled thou) I loved and her friends final plan for the school board. The loop around Treys mom was very well placed, and used to help the story. I felt with these children so badly it hurt. Teared up once or twice
#bannedbook

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Bookish_Gal
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I love this librarian 📚
She‘s standing up in front of the school board to tell them off. They breached protocol because a well know and rich community member says some books shouldn‘t be allowed in the school. Which one is Amy Anne‘s favorite book. This is an elementary school book written for middle school grade. Have to remind myself about that when Amy Anne reacts in childish ways. Same with it simply coming from her point of view
#bannedbook

Cosmos_Moon I read those three bottom books last year. Great books. 12mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 115/150.

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Moonprismpower
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A moving elementary/middle grade novel about censorship and banning books. As a former young reader and now librarian I came across this in a local bookstore. I bought it. I read it in mostly one sitting. I‘m not the fastest reader.

I was on the journey with Amy Anne. I could feel her loneliness at school and at home. So when her prized library books are banned, the books she has made into her friends, books could feel her loss.
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Moonprismpower REVIEW PT 1 CT‘D:thoroughly enjoyed Amy Anne‘s surprise strength as she created the Banned Books Locker Library. How her resilience in the face of misguided authority forged friendships amongst her peers and trust, respect, care and alliance between students. As a librarian of course I was concerned 😂😂 about the “borrowed” banned library books, and Amy Anne‘s shared patron borrowing history 😯😳. But she‘s a kid on a mission saving banned books! (edited) 1y
Moonprismpower REVIEW PT 2: Overall I really enjoyed this book. I suffered and celebrated along with Amy Anne and am so happy I picked up this book. 1y
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Zoe-h
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A few months ago, I read what was basically the YA version of this book, Suggested Reading by David Connis, and it‘s hard not to compare them to each other. But even if I hadn‘t read the other book, this book still would have been a so-so. I felt the characters were very immature for fourth graders. When I started reading, I thought the were in first or second grade. When Amy‘s school bans books, she starts a library in her locker. 3⭐️

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MeganAnn
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This was my middle grade choice for #doublespin

I loved Amy Anne‘s journey to find her voice and speak up. I thought the topic of censorship was well written for a middle grade audience & still kept me engaged as an adult. Amy Anne reminded me a bit of myself at her age — quiet, shy with my nose in a book & the oldest with two younger brothers I can relate to her struggles with her family. My first Gratz book, but definitely not the last.
5⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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BookishGirl06
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Finished this. Was pretty good and super easy to read.

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PaperbackPirate
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Last week I read this for #bannedbooksweek . This is a smart middle grade book about a 4th grade girl who starts a banned books library in her locker after the school board bans her favorite book from the school library. Although fiction, it shows us a great example of why banning books is wrong. Bonus points for a main character of color!

🙈🙉🙊🙈🙉
#bannedbooksweek2020
#bannedbooks

Velvetfur Hiya! I see that you got something in the post two days ago eh....?! 😁😉 2y
PaperbackPirate @Velvetfur Yes, I got your package! 💙 Sorry, I was out of town and am just catching up on everything. Yours is on its way and should be there around the 24th. 🎃 2y
Velvetfur @PaperbackPirate Aw thank you! I just had to check it's been received at the right place, as a previous letter from me to my penpal in Rhode Island was delivered to a woman in Miami who then forwarded it on to her! 2y
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Velvetfur @PaperbackPirate oh by the way, the note inside your package is dated 20th Sept as that's when I wrote it, but I then had to wait until I got paid at end of month to send it so didn't post it until 1st Oct, in case you see that and think it's weird 😂 2y
PaperbackPirate @Velvetfur It‘s not fair when our packages have bigger adventures than us! No worries! 😂 Also I know some really weird people so the date does not raise an eyebrow. 🙌😅 2y
Velvetfur @PaperbackPirate oh that's alright then 😂 2y
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Branwen
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Happy Banned Books Week, litsy family! 💖📚🎉💖📚🎉 This is such an important week to celebrate books and the freedom to read! This is one of my favorite weeks of the year! Each day I will post about one of my favorite banned books and why I love it! Let's celebrate together!

Check out my book rec videos! All this month I've been featuring banned books! ☺
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFL5TQLuSsJkdUlitZnarDg

#bannedbooksweek #bannedbooks

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MidnightBookGirl
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Loved this! Amy Anne is content to live her life between the pages of a book. She's quiet- at home, at school, swallowing her words to keep the peace. But when her beloved school library comes under fire of a parent with a Book Banning agenda, Amy Anne needs to find her voice in order to speak up for the books. The ending is especially lovely.

erzascarletbookgasm Adorable book! 2y
Revenge4bess Have you read Common Sense by Thomas Paine? Or Judy Blume? Anne Frank? Those books are banned too! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Almost done with this book and I'm absolutely loving it!

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked this! 👍 2y
Daisey This book was great, and I like this cover. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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When Amy Anne‘s ‘favourite book in the whole world‘ was banned from the school library, she started her own banned books library - secretly, illegally! A cute and inspiring story about speaking up and standing up for what is right, and the concept of book censorship. Love the premise and great story.

“Nobody has the right to tell you what books you can or can‘t read. Except your parents.” Amy Anne.

#MiddleGradeMarch

batsy This looks fun! 3y
megnews I really liked this one. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @Peddler410 thanks for the suggestion! 3y
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Bookgoil
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I don‘t read as many MG novels as I should but these ones were amazing! And not a one was fantasy! My top 6 Middle Grade books of 2019.

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MelissaSue81
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This book is EXTREMELY similar in plot to Property of the Rebel Librarian. But I think this book was written first and it is also better. It‘s a love letter to librarians and the freedom to read. I am not a huge fan of “banned book week” but this would be a great read for it! Loved all the book reference and it made me want to read a few of the books.

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MelissaSue81
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When your book makes a Clerks reference. 🤣🤣

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Eggs
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Just google banned books — you‘ll be amazed!
The tagged book is a great novel that debunks censorship

#bannedbooks
#gratefulreads
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

MelissaSue81 I have this book from the library right now. I need to get to it! 3y
Eggs It‘s so good!! @MelissaSue81 3y
Mandoul Thanks, sounds like a really good read! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Stacked! 3y
Eggs @Mandoul @OriginalCyn620 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 3y
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EadieB
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OriginalCyn620 Makes me want to pick out a banned book right now and start reading! 😠 3y
OriginalCyn620 Oh, yes! 😊 3y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Definitely a Mirror Read.
Me as a Teenager: "I just sat in my favorite corner of the library and read books until I had to leave. It was the only time I ever got any peace and quiet."
Me as a Adult: "Every person should be free to read whatever they want, whenever they want, and not have to explain to anyone else why we like it,"
To Remember: “Once you ban one book, somebody, somewhere, can find a reason to ban every book,”
#bannedbooksweek ?

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Chelsibno
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Here is a closeup of two of the banned books on my bulletin board. @LiteraryinLititz

LiteraryinLawrence Thanks for the close up! 3y
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Chelsibno
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Here‘s my banned books week bulletin board. Each little banned sign describes the reasons a book was challenged or banned. Lifting up the flap allows you to see the cover of the book with its title and author listed below it.

LiteraryinLawrence How clever! Can you show us one close up? 3y
Chelsibno @LiteraryinLititz Sure! I won‘t be able to post it until Sunday. I‘ll be sure to tag you in it! 3y
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Chelsibno
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My banned books week book display! That poster took me forever to make! Yes, there are EXACTLY 50 stars and 13 stripes on it.

merelybookish Nice work! 😀 3y
Chelsibno @merelybookish Thanks! I was determined to make it look accurate, especially for one student who makes it his mission to point out others‘ typos, mistakes, etc. 3y
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Branwen
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Another close up of my banned books display! 📚💕 #librarylove #librariansoflitsy

brilliantglow This is such a weird foreign concept for me. There are no banned books here. Didn't even know that was a thing that happened until I started following the bookish community more closely 3y
Branwen @brilliantglow I really wish we didn't have this problem here! 😔 It's very disheartening that im this day and age there are still people trying to restrict what other people read! 3y
brilliantglow It would be disheartening for sure. But readers are lucky to have people like you out there fighting the good fight, in whichever ways you can 🙂 3y
Branwen @brilliantglow Thank you so much, friend! That really means a lot! 📚💕 3y
brilliantglow ❤❤❤ 3y
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Branwen
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A close up of one section of my banned books week display! 💕📚 #librarylove #librariansoflitsy

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Branwen
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Here is my library display for this month! I may have gone a bit overboard? 😁 I couldn't help myself! 💕📚 #librariansoflitsy #librarylove

bromeliad I love it!! 3y
DaveGreen7777 I love the light bulb motif and the captions! 😍 3y
Branwen @bromeliad @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much! 💕📚 3y
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 It's the official theme for this year so I took it and ran with it! 😁👍 3y
JacqMac Love! 💕 3y
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thebluestocking
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This is a cute middle grade novel about a girl whose favorite book is banned from her school library and what she does about it. I loved Amy Anne and her friends and her family. I felt that the kids acted and talked a bit older than their advertised fourth grade level, but the book overall is delightful.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I love the title and the cover! 3y
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Bookworm83
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I set a summer reading challenge for myself...reading a YA book for each day of break. I‘m a couple days behind, but this was a great first pick! A book about fighting censorship and finding one‘s voice.
#YAbookaday

Peddler410 For something a little more YA, try 3y
Bookworm83 @Peddler410 Downloaded! Thanks for the rec 😊 (edited) 3y
Inspiredtoreadwrite Excuse my ignorance, but what does YA stand for? Thanks. 3y
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Eggs
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Truth

wanderinglynn So true! 3y
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Eggs
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Alan Gratz is a genius. This is well done, anyone who disagrees with book banning should read this

rretzler 💕 3y
tammysue 💗💗💗 3y
Tamra This cover is wayyyyy better! 3y
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megnews
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After the disappointment of Property of the Rebel Librarian, Ban this Book was a great #middlegrade read. Check it out!

Book 94/165 3/12/19

JaclynW I loved Ban This Book! My son read it too and loved it. He also started the rebel librarian book and didn't want to finish it...sounds like you both are in agreement about that one! 4y
megnews @JaclynW we‘re definitely in agreement! 4y
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megnews
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“We just have to start thinking like people who see stuff everywhere that bothers them.”

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Wendirella
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Just finished this gem and it makes 25!! I‘m halfway to my goal of reading 50 books from my physical shelves for the year!

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Mdonald
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It was sad to read about all the titles that have been banned. It was also sad that I didn‘t like this a bit more. #litsyAtoZ #B✔️

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Mowen036
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I think anyone and everyone who has thought that a book should be challenged or ban should read this book! You can‘t let one person ruin it for everyone else.

Amy Anne and her friends saw the need to stand up and fight for what they wanted. Books are the gateway to our imagination. Books help the mind to grow and learn and to take you places that you never thought you could go.

Read the book...you won‘t be sorry.

julesG What are you doing with my cat?! Gosh, they could be twins. 4y
Mdargusch I loved this book! 4y
Mowen036 @julesG I just looked through your feed and your cat looks about how mine did a couple years ago! As he‘s gotten older (he‘s 6 1/2) he‘s gotten darker. My Siamese isn‘t a full one so he doesn‘t have that Siamese temperament but his sister who is a tortoise shell calico has it. 😬 4y
julesG My Siamese is 25% Abyssinian. It doesn't show much in her looks but in temperament. 4y
quanners I am reading this now and it‘s great! In the 4th grade I read several of these banned books and like Amy Anne said I‘m not a criminal, liar, or a thief. I had parents who encouraged me to read read read. 3y
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Mdonald
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Mdonald
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I still remember “The Red Spot” story vividly! 🤢

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MaggieCarr
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New plan. Play and win lottery and buy my entire community a copy of this AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING book! Beyond relevant in our town right now. "You're never too young to fight censorship!"

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silentrequiem
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Because people compared Property of the Rebel Librarian with this book, I had to read it for myself. While the theme and the idea of a banned book library out of a locker are the same, the books are very different. This one is for a younger audience, and much more measured. Rebel Librarian is more radical and "fight the power". I loved both but Rebel Librarian spoke to my inner revolutionary more.

emtobiasz I don‘t think I realized there were two different books 🙈 That explains why I thought the cover changed so drastically! 4y
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Peaceful_Reader
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What a great cover! My third book this week. It‘s hard to balance reading lovely books with cooking and cleaning and Netflix‘ing...

Tamra Love that cover art! 4y
Peaceful_Reader @Tamra : I agree! Sassy (edited) 4y
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InnerSavvy
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Middle school book I really enjoyed. About books, young kids and growing in confidence.

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Jen_Reads
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1. Maroon 5 at the Garden in Boston. We had floor seats so we were close to Adam...and James Valentine
2. Debating on rearranging my shelves of books
3. It‘s a middle grade book about a girl who starts and banned book library
4. McDonald‘s at lunch time, but non food related would be a T-shirt at the concert
5. Fries and pizza. I have no type just what I enjoy.

#humpdaypost

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Jen_Reads
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This was such a great little book! I had been wanting to read it since it was first released. I loved Amy Anne standing up against books being banned. This may be a book I give to my cousins little girl.

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