Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

In YA Book Reviews on October 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm


 by Chris Grabenstein

Mystery Adventure/©2013/288 Pages plus Bonus Stuff/Recommended for 5th-7th Graders

Publisher’s Comments (Amazon):

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

My Comments:

An interesting group of 7th graders compete to find the secret passage out of their new public library. – and what a library it is! This is quite the story with lots of clues, puzzles, literary references, and a wide assortment of interesting facts. All in all, a great combination of adventure, mystery, and humor that I am sure will engage middle school students (and hopefully encourage even the most reluctant to read more!). A fun read!

My Rating:

4/5 Stars


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