Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
(Random House Books for Young Readers, 2016, 288 pages)
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein is the sequel to the award-winning young adult novel, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. In this novel, Mr. Lemoncello has received millions of requests to hold another contest in his Lemoncello Library in Ohio. He decides to make a nationwide search to find 7 teams of 4 middle schoolers each from different regions of the country. These teams will compete in the 12-game library Olympics along with last year’s winning hometown team featuring Kyle Keeley. The pressure is on for Kyle and his team to repeat their success of the previous year. The games generate a lot of fun, excitement, and publicity, but soon bad things start happening. Books go missing and protests are held. Kyle and the others must get to the bottom of this problem.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics is just as much fun as Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. There are puzzles and riddles and lessons about banned books. The book encourages the reader to use his/her imagination and to play along with the Olympic contestants. It was not necessary to read the first book to enjoy the second one, but you’ll end up wanting to read both.