Book Reviews

Books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

By Tate Marcinkoski

Some people think of libraries as just ordinary buildings filled with dusty shelves of books. But in Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, one Ohio library has been turned into a futuristic place with an IMAX movie theater, holograms, video games, touch screen computers and hover ladders that float up to the books people want.

The library was created by a millionaire game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, who invites 12 seventh graders chosen from an essay contest to come to a lock-in the night before the library opens. They are told that if they want, they can take part in an escape game, where they have just 24 hours to find their way out of the library without using the doors, fire exits or windows.

The kids have to follow book-related clues and solve all kinds of secret puzzles and riddles to find the hidden escape route and win Mr. Lemoncello’s big prize. As a bunch of kids are eliminated for cheating, it becomes a race to the finish for the rest of the players like Kyle, who is obsessed with games. Will he and the others manage to find their way out in time? You will just have to read the book to find out.

I definitely recommend Mr. Lemoncello’s Library if you like books, games and solving puzzles. And this book isn’t the end of the story. So far, the series includes two sequels and there are more to come!

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