Naively feeding her school’s anti-intellectual mood by hosting book burning parties, The Night Librarian follows Agnes Jackson as she comes to an act of civil disobedience that destroys the heart of her school and puts her on the run. With a voice reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and a slight fantastical, magical realism nature of Michael Chabon this book is part of a growing genre of smart Young Adult novels with a unique narrative approach and a strong female protagonist. A high school senior, Agnes describes an average brain dead video filled day at Devon Union High School. We are introduced to the last iconoclast English teacher, a dean of students bent on making classes as literature-free as possible, and a surly teen rebel who Agnes is fixated on, Sophie MacDonald. Buying a large cache of unwanted books, Anges and Sophie organize a book burning to make a bit of cash. By winter break the burnings become a dark spectacle. At the same time, her school becomes a series of video classes with optional attendance. As the schools continues to spiral downward, notices that residents disappear at the same time the books are burned.