Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
(Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013, 304 pages)
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein is a juvenile fiction book about twelve year olds, an eccentric game maker, and a brand new library. Luigi Lemoncello built a brand new state-of-the-art library in what was an old bank building in his childhood hometown of Alexandriaville. Mr. Lemoncello decides to select 12 seventh graders to tour the library before the grand opening and to give those students the opportunity to play a new game in which the twelve year olds must figure out how to escape from the library without going back out the same way that they came in and without using the emergency exits. The winner of the game will be used in future Lemoncello commercials.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a 2016 Mark Twain Award nominee and it deserves to be. It is a fun, inventive book which encourages readers to solve puzzles and use their imaginations. Even when you’ve finished reading the book, there is one more puzzle to solve.
The author, Chris Grabenstein, is an award-winning author. He is the co-author with James Patterson of the bestseller, I Funny. Grabenstein was also a writer for Jim Henson’s Muppets. He’s also done improvisational comedy. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is recommended for 8-12 year olds, but the young at heart will enjoy the book, too.