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Don’t Check Out This Book! – Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise



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 is necessary for her little library – things are getting shaken up. And not everyone is happy about it.

You asked about the green dot collection in the school library. Believe me when I tell you it is far more serious than you or anyone possibly knew.

The Green Dot Collection is disastrously dangerous according to the new head of the school board (Ivana Beprawpa) – kids are allowed to check out books WITHOUT a library card.

Books that are about embarrass topics or things that they don’t want others knowing they read can just be picked up willy-nilly and returned whenever.

Ivana Beprawpa is ready to fight against this new librarian in every way possible.

Meanwhile, Rita’s daughter – May B Danjerous – is fighting back. She’s joined the newspaper club and is making waves with her reporting and her resistance to the school dress code – much to Ivana Beprawpa’s despair.

Call me old-fashioned, but I happen to think fishnet gloves are vulgar. No surprise this is the girl whose mother is pushing indecent books.

But like mother, like daughter. And no one is prepared for when Rita and May B team up against the bullies of Appleton.

…this isn’t about the money. It’s the principle….the uniform policy doesn’t stipulate what kind of white gloves the girls must wear.



I literally cannot even begin how much I love this book.

It was brilliant. Original. And absolutely fabulous in every single way.

I loved the nontraditional format of this book! The reader pieces together the story through a series of quirky emails, snarky memos and newspaper articles.

It was so fun to find the clues for the plot and I’m already itching for a reread considering how much happened in just a few short pages.

I adored Rita B. Danjerous as a librarian – she was such a fun, quirky and bold character!

And her friendship with the secretary (Gladys Friday) was so adorable. I really enjoyed reading their emails and watch them grow closer and team up against the bullies.

Ivanna Beprawpa was horrible in all the right ways and made for a very satisfying character to hate.

I also loved the love for reading. Rita was so truthful and steadfast with her defense of books that it was truly heartwarming to read her story.

All in all, I adored this book and could not recommend it enough!

I can say without a doubt that when I lost the will to live, books saved me.

A HUGE thank you to Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise and Algonquin Young Readers for sending a free copy in exchange for an honest review!’

Interested in this one from Kate Klise, and M. Sarah Klise? Buy it here:  Amazon

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