Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

by Chris Grabenstein (2013)

Reading skills become superpowers in Chris Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  Grabenstein has written an absorbing, puzzle-ridden, brain-challenging tale lauding libraries and bookworms that at the same time presents a thrilling challenge.  Books, the Dewey Decimal System, and reading comprehension and retention all hold answers that solve mysteries which advance the characters closer to finding an exit from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Readers join the team of characters looking for answers to escape, yet those same readers will not really want to leave the the magical world created in Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

What starts out as an “every man for himself” challenge to win a prize, turns into an team challenge in which nearly every student finds themselves working together. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is thus a great title for school team-building. Students who remember loving Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will want to take the next step entering a magical realm of mystery, imagination, riddles, puzzles, challenges – and books.

When they finish, they’ll be blessed with a new appreciation for local libraries and a desire to visit them – your school’s or your town’s – more regularly. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a book full of camaraderie that makes for a tremendously fun group-read, and thus a perfect One School, One Book selection for Middle Schools.