Book Club Thursday…on Friday

Yesterday kind of got away from me, but I didn’t want to miss my opportunity to tell you guys about this book I read, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

It took a few chapters to get started, but once it did it was an exciting adventure filled with puzzles and classic literature references.

Billionaire Mr. Lemoncello, a famous game designer from Alexandriaville, has invested a good deal of money to build Alexandriaville’s new library and has invited a group of 12 year-olds to participate in a lock-in before the library opens to the public.  Once they arrive, they’re invited to be part of the game of their lives, with the chance to win amazing prizes.

If Willy Wonka had a library instead of a chocolate factory, this is what it would be like.

During their time in the library, Kyle and his friends have to use their brains and work as a team in order to find their way out of the library.  Along the way, they solve puzzles related to the Dewey Decimal system as well as their town’s history.  The reader is invited to solve the puzzles too, creating an interactive experience that helps to draw one into the story even more.

This is a book of juvenile fiction, so the puzzles aren’t too difficult and the language is fast-paced and clear.  Plus, everyone gets what they deserve at the end, whether they’ve been good or bad.

I loved this book.  I can’t wait to read the sequel coming out in January or Grabenstein’s other book, The Island of Dr. Libris, which is said to feature my personal favorite literary figure…Robin Hood.

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