Monday, November 4, 2013

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle has ignored the extra credit essay he could write about the opening of a new library in town until he finds out that the winners will get a chance to meet with Mr. Lemoncello himself, the creator of the greatest games ever.  Discarding his last minute attempt Kyle submits an essay thoughtful enough to win him a slot at the grand opening.  The invited kids are treated to an amazing night at the library which is full of exciting, interactive and cutting edge displays and games.  But the next day they learn they have the opportunity to take part in an even bigger contest - finding a way out of the sealed library.  The winner will be featured in all of Mr. Lemoncello's ads but escaping will require using lots of brainpower to solve the puzzles that will reveal the answer.  This book is very reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without being a direct knock off.  I really enjoyed the puzzles and all of the teens who were competing.