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Don't Check Out This Book!

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:
Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
Ten-year-old Reid Durr isstaying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous's controversial "green dot" collection.
The new school board president has mandated
Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Leah (Jane Speare)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is pure fun, I loved every page! Written through letters, emails, and newspaper articles, this middle grade book tackles censorship, dress codes, and promotes activism in young children. Heck, it got me pumped to call some people out! Adult readers will get the tongue in cheek humor, kids will just laugh out loud: everyone will enjoy the puns on every page. If you're looking for something to bring a smile toyour face, Don't Check Out This Book is the perfect one!

I received a comp copy
This book was so much fun that I ate it up the moment I downloaded it, and couldn't stop.

Told in memos, letters, and newspaper articles, this is about Rita B. Dangerous, the new school marm, I mean new school librarian at a small down in the American heartland, where apples seems to be what it is known for.

She has modern views, such as kids should read what interests them, and this rubs the school board, made up of one woman, the wrong way.

I love how the fifth graders figure out what is going
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

This story had me grinning from page one! It was full of fun, puns and fighting for what’s right. It’s all about a caring librarian who wants what’s best for her kids, even if it means going against the school board and the principal. She’s all about finding the most enticing book for her students; one that will lead them to staying up way way past their bedtime or one which enables them to research
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The talented Klise sisters are at it again! This witty and creative love letter to librarians is written in the epistolary format that Kate and M. Sarah Klise are known for: memos, emails, letters, news articles, sticky notes, texts, and illustrations all come together to tell a brilliant, relevant story. I always have loved their knack for punny names, such as May B Dangerous, Gladys Friday, and Reid Durr. The book follows events in the very small town of Appleton, Illinois, whose population ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Welcome to the sweet little town of Appleton, Illinois, population, 83. Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian, after 14 years with no school library. Her name is Rita B. Danjerous. Principal Noah Memree hired her but he barely remembers that fact. Her library is in a broom closet and there are no books so Rita brings her own collection. This collection includes a mysterious section of green dot books. Students do not have to use their library card, they instead just quietly slip the
Deanna Holdsworth
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a great story for a book lover like me. It is told through email, letters, memos and even the school newspaper and I enjoyed it very much. The characters have unique names which adds to the humor of the story. You can pre-order this book now as it comes out in March of 2020.
When Rita B. Danjerous comes to Appleton Elementary to begin her new job as school librarian she is surprised to learn the library is in the school's broom closet. Principal, Noah Memree, doesn't remember hiring
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is no library currently at Appleton Elementary School, which is why Principal Noah Memree is confused when his secretary mentions the new librarian, Ms. Danjerous. He had forgotten that he had hired Ms. Danjerous on the last day of the previous school year, using money they received from a When All Else Fails Grant.

Since the room that used to be the library is piled high with extra desks and chairs and all the books had to be thrown out because of mold, he gives Ms. Danjerous the first
Beth Mendelsohn
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Klise sisters are at it again! They have written another book in epistolary form, using letters, emails, and notes. The names of all the characters are puns, although some you may need to say a couple of times. Appleton Elementary principal Noah Memree has hired a new school librarian, Rita B. Danjerous. The school is in danger of closing for insufficient students. Ms. Danjerous’s daughter, May,
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Don't Check Out This Book! by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise is another great book from this prolific team. The town of Appleton, Illinois is in for a shakeup when Rita B Danjerous is hired as the new school librarian. While Ms. Danjerous and her daughter May B quickly makee friends with many of the locals, school board president Ivana Beprawpa and principal Noah Meemree are not so keen on her presence or efforts to share books with kids and adults alike. Told through letters, emails, newspaper ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Appleton Elementary School is in danger of being shut down due to low student enrollment. When the cleverly named Rita B. Danjerous joins the staff as the new librarian, she turns the community upside down! Will the townspeople support her out-of-the-box ideas or will Ivana Beprawpa, the new School Board President, shut her down? Find out as you read this witty book written through emails, memos, newspaper articles, and more. It is a passionate reminder that librarians make a great impact on our ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful book from the Klise sisters! It's the start of a new school year and Applewood Elementary finds itslef with both a new school board president and a new librarian, both of whom begin implementing changes immediately. While one claims to want politeness and morality to rule the day, the other advocates for free speech and free thought. (Guess who is who!)
I loved this ode to school librarians and the important role they play in children's lives. The book also pokes fun at the
Jennifer Hill
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
A new librarian, Rita B. Danjerous, is coming to Appleton Elementary School. There is also a new School Board President who is a school board of one, Ivanna Beprawpa. Ivanna wants the school to be more proper and mannerly, and she wants to get rid of the new librarian.

Told through letters this story is funny and quirky, but also teaches about appearances and censorship. Great use of names that end up being their personality. More geared for elementary, even though it says through 7th grade.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was completely tickled by this book, and surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. Read it during a hectic December and it had me laughing out loud. Artwork by M. Sarah Klise gives depth to story, and newspaper reports, emails, texts and even old school correspondence (aka letters) all are carefully crafted. Journalism fans take note: much to talk about with respect to freedoms, rights and responsibility.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a unique and entertaining story! Told completely in letters and emails going back and forth, Don’t Check Out This Book tells a fun and quirky MG story full of cleverly named characters. This is a quick and easy read that I think MG readers would love!
Thank you to Netgalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the chance to review this advanced reader copy.
Amber Webb
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't Check Out This Book is a well-written story told completely in letters from one character to another. The plot line is engaging and fun and the story makes you want to keep turning the page to see what happens next. The characters are entertaining and make you want to know more. I think kids will love this book!
Amanda Arkans -
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a fun read! With an entertaining format and endearing characters, this is one middle grade book that will be loved by all ages.

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Melanie Dulaney
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Klise and Klise have joined together to produce a book filled with puns and multiple messages with great sketches to enhance both. Many of the puns will be obvious enough for all in the target audience of 4th to 6th grade to appreciate, but some will be grasped only by the brightest readers in the age group. The messages of fighting for what is right and the importance of reading for a variety of reasons should be apparent to all. With its humor, relatable characters and quickly moving ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never miss a book by these Klise sisters, and this one may be my favorite yet!
Joel Shoemaker
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A love letter to libraries and librarians alike, this is the BEST of the Klise & Klise body of work!
Rachel Dial
Feb 07, 2020 is currently reading it
Don’t check out this book by Kaite Klise is an awesome read that will take you on a exciting and mysterious adventure! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and memorable read!
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read, read-feb-20
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Catherine "Kate" Klise is an American author of children's literature. Many of her books are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their popular Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture