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Property of the Rebel Librarian

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,748 ratings  ·  457 reviews
When twelve-year-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.

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Hardcover, 275 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
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, and students can only read pre-approved materials.

For June, the restrictions are impossible. But after spotting a L
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of references to classic and contemporary children's books and a pro-reading, pro-library message. ...more
Please note that emotionally I really do want to very much like and appreciate Allison Varnes’ Property of the Rebel Librarian for what it is and attempts to show, because yes, I certainly find the premise of main protagonist June Harper fighting back against book censorship and its resulting ignorance both appealing and of course and naturally also important and necessary. However, unless I am reading a traditional fairy or a folk tale where I know right from the onset that the featured storyli ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a book lover you have to read this book!!!

​Interest Level: 3-6

What if someone told you what you could and couldn't read? Would that be fair?What if you 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 questions 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 thing
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
"When in doubt, go to the library." And if you don't have access to a rich and exciting library collection, do what June Harper does -- build your own! June has always loved books, but when the adults in her life try to restrict her access to them, they become even more 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 twist
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 chance.

Premise/plot: 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. N
Trigger warnings: shitty parenting, censorship.

3.5 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 VERY young. And yet 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 more 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 younger reader
Jenny Chou
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When June's parents find her reading a book about witches, they suddenly go to extremes to control her reading choices. Her dad is on the PTA, and he leads the charge to suspend the school librarian and clean the school library of any book that could be harmful to a child (or cause them to actually THINK). Even the books in June's own bookcase get a parental make-over. Pages are ripped out and notecards replace endings. (Old Yeller lives happily ever after.) Middle grade readers will connect wit ...more
Tara Gilboy
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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 girl, 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. Th
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
When seventh-grader June Harper’s parents decide her latest reading material is too inappropriate for her, they cause a chain reaction of events, from the firing of June’s beloved librarian to the removal of almost all the books in the Dogwood Middle’s library, to the new strict rules regarding what students can and cannot read. Devastated by and fed up with the new rules, June soon starts an underground library at her school, using an empty locker to trade the bookish goods. If discovered, June ...more
I know a lot of kids who will really identify with June Harper. Whenever I discuss the topic of banned books with tweens at work, they get really worked up about it! It is definitely an issue they feel passionately about, and this story does a wonderful job of showing how the students fight back. The censorship here does seem a tad extreme though - I wish the author had either pumped the brakes and pulled it back to a more realistic depiction of how books end up challenged, or swung fully in the ...more
Theresa Grissom
I am so grateful that I got to read an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved everything about Rebel Librarian! This was an easy read and I was hooked from the beginning. I can't wait to get copies for my library and share this with students.

Awesome job, Allison Varnes!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just want to Thank Allison Varnes for writing this Very Important book about censorship!!!!

Everyone, regardless of age, should READ this book - especially in these divisive times.

It all starts when June Harper's parents catch her reading "The Makings of a Witch" (according to Allison this is a fictitious title) - her parents do not approve of this book, up until this very moment in June's life, she's never been told she can't read a book. Her parents take all of her personal books from her roo
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: check-for-next
As soon as I saw "Rebel Librarian" in the title, I knew I had to read this and it did not disappoint! This book made me angry, happy, sad, and hopeful. I felt like I was back in history with the book banning on a massive level, but sadly these are the mindset of many people today. I was glad that the ending didn't wrap everything up in a nice bow, but left the readers hopeful that some changes will be made. This book will open up a great discussion with children who read it. I kind of want there ...more
Anne O'Brien Carelli
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC to review and had no idea what to expect. What a wonderful story! It explores sensitive topics like censorship and activism with a fast-moving, always entertaining plot. The MC June is respectful and feisty at the same time, and has to figure out how to navigate her love for reading and the topic of banned books. I loved the way the author was able to take a heavy subject and make it realistic and appealing for middle grade students. This book will not only inform readers, but ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book! Then tell every librarian, teacher, child, and parent you know to Read This Book!
The story isn't a new one, but the message is vital: the rule-following good girl becomes a rebel when she experiences censorship that she believes is unfair and unacceptable. The parents in this book were pretty horrible and extreme, but there are people like them in our world who try to control not just what their own kids think and read, but what every child in a school or library district is allo
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. I was afraid it would be like Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, but it really was not. When June’s parents find a book librarian gave her to read, they take it and all her personal books away and begin a crusade to censor books at her middle school. I loved all the titles included and the many great quotes contained within. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my review.
Melanie Sumrow
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of introducing the topic of book censorship in a thoughtful way. I was rooting for June from the very beginning! The story is quick-paced, and it will be a great springboard for thought-provoking discussions among students.
Karen Upper
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was near to near to tears, shock, and outrage as l began this was a timely read, as l read it just before Banned Book Week.
I could not imagine a world such as the one the central character, June Harper was apart of. By the end my admiration for June and her fellow school mates had grown and l was also left pondering the thought, along with June “ of your one person when you read a book, and then you change, does the book become different? Do the words stretch to fit the NEW version
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
Seventh-Grader June Harper is more of a band geek than a rebel. She accepts her parents' strict rules: no dating, no cell phones, G-rated movies, early bedtimes, band practice after school. Mr. and Mrs. Harper have been extra hyper focused on June ever since her older sister Kate left for college. June looks forward to visiting the school library every day before school when the librarian, Ms. Bradshaw, helps June choose a new book. June loves reading more than anything. She loves being taken aw ...more
Lizanne Johnson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intermediate, middle grade
This book made me so mad! How could adults stand by and allow books to be banned? I was so emotionally involved in this book!
June Harper is a middle schooler with a positive relationship with books and her school librarian. June's parents decide that some of the books she is reading are inappropriate. New and old books are removed from the school library. The librarian is fired. The library closes. What will June do without her books? What will the rest of the students
Lisa Lewis
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Property of the Rebel Librarian was a fantastic read! I enjoyed reading how June took matters into her own hands when she was not allowed to read books of her choice. So many great books are mentioned as are Little Free Libraries.
I read an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
I did not like this book but I read it anyway because I wanted to see some redeeming qualities by the end. There wasn't any. That's why I put it on my omg-really shelf. Then I put it on my sandys-trigger shelf because it has so-called "adults" who think they know what's best for EVERY kid and bans most of the fiction books in the school library. Where are the adults who read books together with their kids and talk about the books? Where are the adults with common sense? They weren't in this book ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man.

I don't think I've ever walked away from a book SO ANGRY! I've always heard about those types of parents that are really strict about what their kids can/can't read, but its never gone further than "don't bring those books in my house" type situations. This book takes it a step further with June's mom complaining to the principal about her daughters book being "too scary" and having an unsavory topic such as witchcraft in it. All of this complaining winds up with the school librarian fi
June Harper loves books and is devastated when her parents and school go full dictatorship and start banning books. The librarian is dismissed, the library is emptied and the students will get punished if found with books. June's books are also confiscated at home even though she has already read them all. June is inspired by a little free library in her neighborhood and starts her own library in an empty locker at school. Soon half of the students are borrowing books from her. The other half ar ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I liked the general idea behind this book but the tone just doesn’t match the story. June’s parents have never cared what she read, never grounded her, and yet suddenly they’re leading their own Fahrenheit 451 while June thinks about what boy she likes. It’s particularly jarring when the tone says “Let’s have lighthearted commentary on what I’m wearing to school today and who I have a crush on” while the events of the book are like “Hitler Youth are running your school now.”
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Yes, yes, yes.

Though I found it odd that the book that started everything was banned for witchcraft, yet in the midst of the school's crackdown the English class is reading The Crucible and no one bats an eye.
Caiti S
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I looooooved this. A wonderful middle-grade story about the power and importance of books. I would have adored this book as a kid.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I often think to myself, it's 2018 why are people still banning and challenging books?
It's never made sense to me, actually.
This book does not shed a light on that part of the issue at all. In fact, I think June's parents are barely a step above Matilda's. They are cruel- all in the name of raising their child in the "right" way. It's not just books, btw. They eat giant bowls of ice cream in front of her too.
Overall it's a great story.
I wanted to get back to it right away, I cared about June'
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