Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
January 27, 2014
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library has something of interest for nearly all elementary school and tween readers-mystery, adventure, humor, logic puzzles, and really cool gadgets. Mr. Lemoncello is a modern Willa Wonka with a specialty for games instead of candy. Because his first ideas and encouragement started in a public library, Mr. Lemoncello creates an amazing public library for Alexandriaville. Before the library opens, twelve children are selected for an overnight lock-in to explore the library. Mr. Lemoncello presents the children with his best game ever. Can they use clues in the library to find a secret way out in only 24 hours?
In addition to an intriguing story, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library includes valuable lessons and interesting logic puzzles. Through the characters search for clues, readers learn about rebus puzzles, the Dewey decimal system, and many children's books. The story also reveals lessons about teamwork and honesty. The book is gentle enough for elementary school readers, but entertaining enough for tweens. Readers will finish with a list of new books to read and great appreciation for public libraries (even if no one has a library quite like Mr. Lemoncello).