Monday, November 18, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library


by: Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers 2013

This gem of a book is part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, part Trixie Belden/Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew and part Night at the Museum. Such a fun book to read, and best of all it is filled with references to books and authors through the ages. 

From Goodreads:
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 particularly 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.

I definitely hope all kids have a chance to read this book, not only for the sheer fun of it, but to learn how important it is to occasionally put aside technology and sit down to play a board game or read. And just as a disclaimer, when the book description states that the "stakes are high" to get out of the library, it isn't a life or death situation, it is more along the lines of what could be won. Totally kid-friendly!

I hope you all have a great week!