The coolest library ever.

Summary:

For 12 years, there has been no public library in Alexandriaville, Ohio. Until now. Luigi Lemoncello, an eccentric and ingenious billionaire game designer, is funding the construction of a new one. Kyle Keely (12) is a huge fan of Mr. Lemoncello's games. When he learns that 12 students will be selected to be the first to go into the library, Kyle knows he has to be one of them!

The library's lock-in night is filled with excitement, entertainment, food, and of course, games. When the kids prepare to leave the next morning, the doors are still locked. The games aren’t over yet. There is one more challenge: Find the escape to the library! Whoever finds the secret escape, will be well rewarded. The group divides into two teams, each using what the library offers to get out. Don't forget - Mr. Lemoncello always drops lots of clues and puzzles in his games, so be on the lookout.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
I enjoyed, and had a lot of fun reading this book. The clues and puzzles are part of the story and time and again, I was captivated by them. It lets the reader can figure out the answers, as if they were escaping the library. I like that the author encourages reading and emphasizes why it is important throughout the book. Books were the key to solving the puzzles and clues to help them escape from the library. At the end of the book, there is a list of books to read that were referenced in the story. 

Teamwork is well represented in the story. The events show why it is important to work together and use everyone’s ideas to succeed.

This is definitely a book I would buy. Mr. Lemoncello's library is a captivating place, and solving the little clues and puzzles is fun. My 4th-grade teacher did a read aloud with this book and I liked it so much I bought it to read again. I would recommend this book for readers ages 9 to 11


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you like being part of the story, you will love Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Kyle is a relatable, realistic character, and readers will want to be on his team as they solve puzzles (built into the story) to find the library's secret escape.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a story that is part coming-of-age lesson and part mystery. Readers are part of the story by solving clues built into the plot.
Educational Themes:

Logic, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork all rise to the top as themes in Mr. Lemoncello's library.

As part of the story, Kyle learns that reading and writing are more important than he imagined. Consider tying into that with discussions about careers and how those skills fit the job. Mr. Lemoncello is a great role model.

Reading Level:
4.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a story you'll love and a book you want to re-read.

Title Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
About

Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 1

Author Chris Grabenstein
Publisher Yearling © 2014
ISBN 9780307931474
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Adventure, Mystery, Sports, Games, Gaming and Puzzles
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