Chris Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

How about a contest in a new-over-the-top-cool library? The one in Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library involves a wealthy wacky Willy Wonka-like game-maker (and creator of the library), a varied bunch of kid competitors ( a la those in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but, with one exception, much nicer), and a completely awesome library (textual eye-candy for book lovers). Locked-in to the library overnight, the kids race against the clock to find their way out using clues of ever sort —rebuses, codes, research, and more. While I did wonder how many of the clever references to children’s lit titles would be known by the intended kid audience, I’m guessing that even if they don’t they will eagerly want to read on to solve the various clues and vicariously win. A very entertaining read indeed.

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