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Title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Mr. Lemoncello is the local owner of a toy empire. When the library in town was torn down twelve years ago, Mr. Lemoncello took it upon himself to build a new one. Now this new library has to be as fantastical as his games, with just a many twists, surprises and puzzles as he can get away with. As part of the opening night festivities, a group of twelve year olds have the chance to stay in the library overnight. The catch (and there always is one) is that they have to find their way out in the morning by solving a set of puzzles. The winners will get wonderful prizes! Now just how far are some contestants willing to go?
First of all it was quite a treat to have an author create excitement and intrigue around a library .... and the dewey decimal system to boot! Who would have thought it could be done? I love that it broadens kids imaginations as to what I library can be, and especially in a time when the role of libraries is changing. The author does this without being preachy or boring but by creating a wonderful world and a game within it.
This book reminded me quite a bit of the Gollywhopper Games, so kids who enjoyed that book are sure to find this one a hoot. There are also some similarities to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But most of all, kids who like mysteries and puzzles with love this book. The fact that it takes place in a library is just a bonus!
I always thought the library was a magical place when I was growing up, don't judge me ... ok yes, I was a little nerdy. This book absolutely captures that magic in a fun and exciting way.
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