Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
By Chris Grabenstein
Since the last book review was not-so-good, I have to follow it up with a better one. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein is fantastic!!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!! It is a nominee for the MD Black-Eyed Susan award for grades 4-6 and I think it has a great chance at winning. It's fun. It's comical. It's just a good read.
It about a huge board game mogul who builds a state-of-the-arts library in his home town. Through an essay contest, a group of students are awarded a sleepover in the library before it's open to the public. When the kids wake up the next morning, they are given an ultimatum...they can choose to leave or stay and play a game and win the grand prize. The gist of the game is to find an escape route (that's not the front entrance) out of the library in 24 hours. All the clues they need are in the library.
The clues were extremely clever and I got a chance to freshen up on my Dewey decimal skills. The characters are not unlike anyone you would find at any school or in any neighborhood which made the story believable. The high-techness was way cool too! I would LOVE to have a library like that here! I give Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library two thumbs up! If I had a third thumb, then that would not only be weird, but it would be up as well. Ya gotta read it!!