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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Paperback – June 24, 2014
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This story of 12 kids who get to spend the night the the new library and are then invited to compete in a game where they must "escape" within 24 hours to win a fabulous prize is one that will surely be a favorite of kids everywhere. It is already one of my favorites. I can't wait to re-read it.
I plan to use this book in the coming school year with my 4th and 5th grade classes. Whether we use it as a "book club" or a "read aloud", I know they will love it.
We highly recommend it (I'm sure up to 12 year olds would like it, too, maybe even older.)
Alexandriaville has been without a public library for twelve years. An eccentric billionaire builds an elaborate library for his hometown. Not only are there plenty of books, but also fancy video games and lots of board games. Technology is state-of-the-art. A dozen twelve-year-old winners of an essay contest receive the right to stay in the library overnight and enjoy books, fun, and games. The next morning, the doors remain locked. Will they be able to figure out the clues and escape, thus winning the grand prize?
The town name is an obvious nod to the Library of Alexandria - a nice touch. Somewhat reminiscent of
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the premise promises fun and adventue. I wanted to love this. I was all set to be drawn into a fascinating and compelling journey. Unfortunately, this story, while it does have interesting elements, falls short of its potential.
The "kid lingo" and actions do not ring true. It feels like an adult lacking proper understanding of how kids actually talk and behave. Undoubtedly meant to seem "with it," the effect is the opposite. Yo, bro. [Insert fist bump, chest bump, and peace sign.] One kid even says he will "Twitter it." "Tweet" is the correct term. I also find it hard to believe that a twelve-year-old would have several thousand Twitter followers or Facebook friends.
Endless Literary References
Bogged down with endless literary references and name-dropping of book titles (which is repeated, more than once), I shudder to think what this would be like if listening to an audio version.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a lover of books and libraries, I really wanted to like this book. Aimed at middle school readers (the children in the story are all 12 year old seventh graders) but written at... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by BLeBret
So creative! I couldn't put it down. I will be reading this to my 2nd graders this year. Loved it!Published 6 days ago by Brooklyn Rasmussen
This was a family read with my boys (13 and 11 year old twins) and it was great. Willy Wonka meets libraries - it is a briliant concept and the list of books referenced in the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kaui
This book is great for readers 9-12. There are so many different clues and games in this library and how the teams solve them are truely unique.Published 10 days ago by Jumbo Smart
I personally LOVED this book. It had all my favorite things in it,action an adventure,Suspense,and of course a fun plot. The book took place in a awesome futuristic library (duh. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great book, one of my favorites. It is definitely a cliff hanger (makes you want to read a lot more) ! Lots of riddles and challenges that the characters must solve. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Angela Martin
One of the best books I have ever read! Great for children from ages 8-12! My kid read this so many times in a week.Published 16 days ago by Cherie C.