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Don't Check Out This Book!

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  70 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 is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous's controversial "green dot" collection.
       The new school board
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Miranda Reads

Another month, another tierlist! While you probably know where this one ranks, check out the BookTube Video to see the rest!
The Written Review:

Tell Ms. Danjerous she can put her books in the first-floor broom closet. That should be big enough for a library.
Appleton Elementary School just hired a new librarian - Rita B. Danjerous - and she's immediately ruffling feathers.

From her no-nonsense attitude towards sneaky adults, her secret green dot collection and her willingness to do whatever
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I loved this book! Very interesting layout and definitely funny. A unique book with original storyline where I have not read or seen one like it. The bow ties are cute. Sarah & May are cool characters and they are sassy with good ideas. Love the illustrations and the broom closet library! I love the details to the newspaper and business letters.

This book started with an email between the school's secretary Gladys and the school's principal Noah about space for the new librarian and her 9
Vidya Tiru
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

Set in the town of Appleton, pop. 83, this is the delightful tale of the Danjerous gals, and is told through emails, memos, newspaper articles, notes, texts, and more. Rita B. Danjerous and her daughter May B Danjerous (note that Mays middle name is simply B) are the newest residents of Appleton.

And the book has it all:

The Wordplay

Every characters name (as well as the names of places and even the taglines each place uses) is wordplay perfection! Like Cy Durr, who owns an apple
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, possess
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Don't Check Out This Book! was something I read in a single sitting while putting the girls down for a nap (it usually takes about 45 minutes before they're completely conked out). I hadn't anticipated finishing this one so quickly, but the story was short and interesting, which made for a speedy read.
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
4/5 ⭐

Thank you so much to Algonquin Young Reader for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

I was very lucky to be chosen by the publisher for their blog tour and let me tell you, this book is fantastic. Told through newspaper clips, emails and other business letters (Illuminae format, yall are going to love it!), this story is one of scandals and banned books. Funny and gripping, I loved the message behind it. It is a tale of standing up against bullies
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for giving me a chance to participate in this blog tour.

Dont we all know that feeling when we get fed up of adult books and want to read Middle grade? Well, it is me. Sometimes I just want to read simple and basic stories, want to live my childhood again, want to revisit all those simple, innocent but important morals we are forgetting day by day.

This book is one of the cutest books, Ive ever read, from unique format to cute handwritings, from
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 to your face, Don't Check Out This Book is the perfect one!

I received a comp copy
Kelly Long
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book but was able to check out a physical copy from my library before the request was approved. So I am reviewing the hard back book.
I loved this book! The pun-named characters were hilarious. The layout of the book was fun in that the story was told through emails, newspaper articles, texts, and letters. Everything about this book was creative and very clever.
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
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Dont Check Out This Book! is a fun, tongue-in-cheek exploration of the serious issue of censorship. The story is told in an epistolary format, completely through emails, newspaper articles, notes, etc. It follows the travails of the new school librarian at a tiny school (in my home state of Illinois). Rita B. Danjerous (yep, all the names in this book are punsits quite fun) has some wild ideas about books, mainly that
Nostalgia Reader
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Appleton Elementary is a tiny school, barely meeting its quota of 20 students, and has a new librarian, Rita B. Danjerous, who has created a Green Dot collection, which students can simply take from, without worrying about checking out. These books are about topics that students want to know about, but might be too embarrassed to ask for, or uncertain about. The new school board president, Ivanna Beproper, has no cred to be in that position, but is there nonetheless and is taking issue with the ...more
Wendi Lee
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This mixed media middle grade book was a delightful collection of emails, notes, and newspaper articles about a tiny school and a rebel librarian who comes in, introducing the kids (and some adults) to the joy of reading. Of course, reading can also be seen as dangerous, and the adults in charge are immediately leery of the new "green dot" book collection.

I really enjoyed this book. I'm all for dangerous reading and not following the status quo, and found the exchanges between characters
Allisa White
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, humor
Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for the chance to be on the blog tour for Don't Check This Book Out!

Quick Thoughts
-So many puns! I especially loved figuring out the 'punny' names of all the characters. It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out what the villain's name meant...
-The structure the book is written is so fun! It's told through letters, memos, text messages, email, and newspaper clippings. It made for a fast and hilarious read.

Lasting Impressions

I loved the mixture of
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 whats right. Its all about a caring librarian who wants whats best for her kids, even if it means going against the school board and the principal. Shes 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
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Appleton Elementary is in for a treat. With new librarian Rita B. Danjerous on the job, the tiny school will once again have a library. And her daughter May joining the fifth grade class means that the schools minimum requirement of 20 students will be met, so the Department of Education wont shut them down. Principal Noah Memree is ready for the school year to move forward without any issues.

But as Rita encourages the students to read more and to investigate the nature of things happening at
Christi M
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
To say the town of Appleton, Illinois is a bit unique would be an understatement. Its not because their elementary school has no librarian, although that is a bit different. Instead, its that their school has no books. They used to have books, but they were all thrown out due to mold. Now, the When All Else Fails Grant has given them the money to hire a new librarian and luckily for them she brings her own books. However, she puts a green dot on some of the books, which causes quite a stir in ...more
Kate Waggoner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read

Thank you to @kateklise, #sarahklise, and @algonquinyr for sharing an advance copy of Don't Check Out This Book! with the #KidLitExchange network. This book will be released March 10, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Appleton Elementary School is in danger of closing. Luckily, they've just hired a new librarian, Rita B. Danjerous, and her daughter, May B Danjerous, is the school's 20th student, which means they can stay open. A new school board president, who also happens to be the
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In the small town of Appleton, the elementary school is coming under pressure due to low enrollment. The principal to the rescue! Hes hired a new school librarian who has daughter starting the fifth grade, hey! You only need 20 students to keep the doors open, and young May makes 20! Yay! Theres a minor detail thats slightly offputting. The principal doesnt remember any of this! Thankfully he has a very competent and funny executive assistant extraordinaire in Gladys. Now the bad news, the newly ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How in the world did you become you?

If you have have read any of the other books written by the Klise sisters, you know how quirky & brilliant they are! Regarding the Fountain was their first book that I read - many, many years ago! I loved the way the story was told through newspaper articles, letters, post-it notes, posters, and a variety of other creative avenues.

Ive always loved their books, but as a librarian this one truly is a special kind of lovely. So much heart and such a FUN
Pop Bop
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Clever Enough, Quick Read

Lots of puns built around the characters' names, a fairly heavyhanded censorship theme, and a crooked businesswoman make up the bulk of this extremely fast paced tale. There's a bit more sourness than I expected, especially regarding the adult characters and the fashion in which the various plot threads are wrapped up. Because the targets of the satire are obvious, easy, and readily overcome this struck me as appealing generally for very young readers who'll likely be
Meredith Ann
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, arc, alamw20
Kids will devour this one (like an apple!). A great intro to censorship and freedom to read told in a fun way with an engaging format.
Candyce Kirk
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The unique format was the first things that caught my eye with this book. Don't Check Out This Book is told through e-mails, text messages, written notes and newspaper articles! I really enjoyed that each aspect was unique and looked really cute. The few illustrations throughout the book were a really nice touch. It's simple, but it really works!

Don't Check Out This Book! is a cute and fun book filled with a lot of puns that made me laugh. I especially love the names that were definitely chosen
Bethany Parker
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've laughed at a book aimed at middle schoolers. This book is light-hearted, witty, and a quick read. I recommend this to anyone with a couple of hours to spare for a sweet and silly book about the dangers of censorship.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a unique and entertaining story! Told completely in letters and emails going back and forth, Dont 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.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dont 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! ...more
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.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read, read-feb-20
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
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
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 ...more
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