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Friday, March 4, 2016

(5th MMGM) Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein (review)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House BFYR
The much-anticipated, puzzle-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling, award-winning ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY!
Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again!
This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. Will it be fun? Like the commercials say. . . HELLO? It’s a Lemoncello! But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Is someone trying to CENSOR what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, the kids will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Now it’s not just a game—can Mr. Lemoncello find the real defenders of books and champions of libraries? Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin!

Kyle, his book loving team mates, and quirky Mr. Lemoncello are all back for something awesome: the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics! Teams of students from across the country will compete, solving puzzles, answering trivia questions, and proving their library skills. Kyle and his team mates aren’t too sure they have what it takes to compete againts SO many smart kids, but they soon discover that they have even bigger things to worry about. Someone is trying to censor what books are available and books are going missing. Can ALL the competing kids work together to save the most amazing library in the world?!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was an extraordinary read and author Chris Grabenstein has created magic again with this sequel! Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics is a fantastic love letter to books, authors, and libraries and librarians everywhere! With a pitch-perfect, fresh, and funny voice, and storytelling that zings off every page, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics will charm and enthrall even the most reluctant young reader.

The library Mr. Lemoncello has created is the Hogwarts and Disney-World of epic libraries! This wondrous and fascinating setting, from its awe-inspiring collection of books; innovative technology, and wicked cool factor, is just so much fun and readers will have a blast exploring all its nooks and crannies. Grabenstein brings back all the characters readers loved (and loved to hate) from book one and introduces a slew of new, eclectic and engaging characters to enjoy. And of course, quirky, whimsical, irresistible Mr. Lemoncello is as unforgettable as always.  

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics is bursting with action-packed excitement and fun, with awesome puzzles to solve, clues to find, mysteries to uncover, and surprises to be wowed by.  The brains and imaginations of young readers will get an exhilarating workout as they join Grabenstein’s characters in each game, obstacle, and adventure.

my final thoughts: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics has everything and more you could want in a middle-grade book: humor, heart, adventure, great characters, and an enthralling story. Young readers will go absolutely crazy for this delightful and awesome read!

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. 

Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The #1 New York Times bestseller I FUNNY. 

A former writer for Jim Henson's Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Chris co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie, The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver. 

He lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred)


Brenda said...

Mr. Lemoncello's Library was such a fun book to read, I love your description of it. Nice to know that it's sequel is still chalked full of puzzles and mysteries. My favorite part was finding all the references to other books/authors within the text.

Unknown said...

This is going on my to-read list!

anne s. said...

My daughter and I both loved books 1 and 2!