YA author ALAN GRATZ launches his books BAN THIS BOOK and REFUGEE

Prolific local writer Alan Gratz once again joins us for another double book launch complete with cupcakes and lemonade! Alan is a superstar--you won’t want to miss his talk. Both books are for middle grade readers on up and especially timely.

BAN THIS BOOK - An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by 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. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't 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.

REFUGEE - JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . 

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . 

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . . 

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end. 

This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine, which was amongBooklist's Top Ten Sports Books. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at www.alangratz.com.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Ban This Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765385567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Starscape Books - August 29th, 2017

Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017