How am I SIX YEARS LATE to this party (the book was published in 2013)!
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!
For 12 years, the children of Alexandriaville, Ohio have not had a public library because it was knocked down to make a parking garage! Luckily, this town is also home to one of the world's most famous game designers, Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, who loves libraries more than anything.
Mr. Lemoncello decides to turn a magnificent old bank (which was once across the street from the library) into a brand-new, amazing, state-of-the-art public library for his hometown.
All the 12-year-olds of the town are invited to write an essay explaining why they should have the honor of being the library's 1st guests.
Twelve 12 year olds are selected and they think they are just going to have a sleepover in the library. However, there is actually a MUCH bigger prize at stake, and to win it, they must Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library!
The 12 selected children have to find an alternative exit out of the library within 24 hours using clues that have been hidden all over the new library. To escape, they will need brains, stamina, and the ability to follow the rules of the Library. The winner will become the new face of Lemoncello advertising- a job which will bring both money and fame!
This story is filled with fun puzzles, references to wonderful books, andThe Dewey Decimal System! It is a Librarian's dream come true! There is even a sort of superhero librarian named Dr. Yanina Zinchenko who is Mr. Lemoncello's Head Librarian and a no-nonsense cluemaster.
Our school has decided to make this book required 7th grade Summer Reading as it promotes a love of literature, stresses the importance of kindness and teamwork, and teaches that "once you can read, you will be forever free" (285).
A fun read, perfect for all Middle Grade Collections. Ages 8+
4 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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