Thursday, April 9, 2015

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

 Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  NY: Random House, c2013. 

This fun mystery romp takes place in the new library in Kyle Keeley's town.  The town has been without a library for 12 years, and the new library was financed by a local boy who made good as a game creator, first in board games, and then in computer games.  He decides to hold a contest and the writers of the 12 winning essays get to spend the first night in the new library.

Kyle is somewhat of a clown, loves to play all kinds of games, and does not really work up to his potential in school, a trait he comes to regret when he finds out what the essay he didn't write might have won for him.  Mr. Lemoncello is one of his heroes, the creator of the games he loves to play.  Kyle decides to submit an essay late, and it pays off when he gets selected to be one of the 12 lucky students.  You  might like this book based only on the mystery aspect of it which is fun, but if you love books and have read a lot, you might find yourself using the checklist provided in the back of the book to figure out how many of the books mentioned are ones you have read, and trying to solve the mystery on your own.

Kyle is just a nice kid, full of mischief, but someone you'd like for a friend.  Someone you could count on.

This book is on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2015-2016.  It is recommended for junior high.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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