The book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein tells a story about twelve twelve-year olds and a library.
After smashing a window, Kyle Keeley is grounded, which means no electronics for a week. So when he learns of an opportunity to attend an exclusive lock-down in the new public library that is full of advanced technology and games he’s very interested. In order to be counted among the twelve twelve-year olds who can attend the lock-down Kyle must write an essay, but the essays are due the day he finds out about the contest.
Kyle only writes one sentence before his teacher collects his unfinished essay: Balloons. There might be balloons. But through some small miracle Kyle’s essay is picked along with his two friends’ Akimi and Miguel.
First, I will state the obvious. This book is set in a library with many well-known titles sprinkled throughout the story. What can go wrong? Absolutely nothing. I was not disappointed.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is one of the few realistic fictions I’ve read in awhile and it was very good. The action was non-stop, the puzzles were clever, and there was definitely some humor in the book. Since I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, I found it rather refreshing to have a book with no character deaths and with swiftly executed justice.
All of the protagonists were rather likable and had me cheering for them. The antagonist did a spectacular job at being an antagonist.
For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, and all book lovers, I’d definitely recommend Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.
Rating: Read It!
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