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Monday, March 2, 2015

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Grabenstein, Chris. 2013. ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY. New York: Random House.

The town of Alexandriaville has been without a library for 12 years. Eccentric game creator Luigi Lemoncello has helped design and build a magical whimsical library for the citizens. 

In honor of the library's grand opening, Mr. Lemoncello has arranged an essay contest. 12 lucky students will get a tour of the library and get to sleepover before anyone else has the chance to visit. Our main character, Kyle, quickly writes his, and he and his best friend Akimi are among the 12 chosen for the special treat.

After the overnight stay, Mr. Lemoncello has an enticing offer. If the 12 students wish, they can stay and try to find a secret exit from the library. Whoever finds it first will receive many prizes!

Mr. Lemoncello's Library is unlike any other. There are holograms and holographic statues everywhere. There's a special lift that will rise up to take you to the books on the highest shelves. There's a special dome that can show information, or look like the sky inside the library. There's a separate room for each of the 10 sections of the Dewey Decimal system.

The library really is very cool, and some of the puzzles and tasks the students have to complete are very cool. It's the sort of place any book lover would want to visit! The characters in this story are not very developed. Kyle is just average, and rather forgettable. Mr. Luigi Lemoncello was definitely inspired by Willy Wonka; the library is like his famous candy factory.

This was a quick, easy read. I enjoyed it, although it wasn't the most powerful or memorable book I've read this year. 3 stars.

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