Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
(Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013, 304 pages)
Mr. Lemoncello, a creative game-maker, has built a new public library around an existing bank and wants to make an advertisement to let everyone know that it is now open. He decides that he would like a child to be in the ad so of course he has decided to come up with a game for twelve 12-year olds to play and the winner is awarded a spot in the advertisement. He has an overnight lock-in in the new library and the children must figure their way out. The trick is that they may not leave the same way they came in. There are secret codes and clues placed throughout the library and the children must use their detective skills to try and solve the puzzles in order to find the exit.
I read this book with my third grader and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. We found it very entertaining to try to solve the riddles before the characters would. The characters, and boy some of them really are ‘characters,’ are very likable, so much so, that we found ourselves routing for certain ones. I would highly recommend this book for guys and gals of all ages who are a fan of fun, captivating stories filled with riddles to keep you guessing.
P.S. There is one final riddle at the very end of the book. Will you be able to figure it out?
P.P.S. You can also read Jean’s review of this book!