Monday, August 11, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein

Amazon Description:
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 particular 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.

My Thoughts:
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is one of those special books that would entice the most reluctant young reader with its humor and wit, but also includes dynamite character development and a spot-on middle grade voice. Mr. Grabenstein weaves references to numerous classic children's books and their authors into his book, which sends a subtle message that reading is cool. This imaginative and inventive middle grade novel is definitely a winner for both boys and girls from the ages of eight to twelve!

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  1. I picked this up in the bookstore and really enjoyed the first couple of pages. I'd like to get around to reading this for sure one day. Hopefully sooner than later!

  2. This sounds like a really great read for middle graders! I hope kids read it and get excited about reading. Here's to making more bookworms in the world. :)

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    1. It really is, Elizabeth. If you read and enjoyed Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos, you'll love this.