Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
By Chris Grabenstein
New York: Random House, 2013.
288 Pages. Grades 5 and up
This book is a Librarian’s dream come true!
The Alexandriaville’s library has been closed for twelve years and recently a wealthy game maker, Mr. Lemoncello has joined Dr. Zinchenko, a world famous librarian to create a brand new library in an old bank building. Since kids that were twelve years old never experienced a public library, an essay contest was held for them. Twelve students were selected to spend a weekend in the library playing “library” games with fabulous prizes for anyone who can figure how to get out the library without using the way they came in or any emergency exit doors. This book reminded me of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory but in a library. The eccentric Mr. Lemoncello has many similarities to Willy Wonka–he is colorful and zany and is the host for the weekend mystery. Join this lively group of twelve year olds as they unravel the mystery using their library skills knowledge! One more thing—when you get to the end of the book the author has a mystery for the reader to solve! This was a fun read!