Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Book Summary from Mr. Grabenstein’s website:
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 again!
FTC Disclosure: I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. However, I also ordered three copies for my library and and a finished copy for myself. And that should tell you how this review is going to go.
I love this book even more than I loved Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I know my students will love it too. I’ve begun reading the book to the third graders when they come for library lessons. They can’t decide if they want me to slow down so they can savor the story or if they want to speed up because the story is so engaging.
Any reader who loves Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will love this book. This is one of those books that just makes you feel good. There are plenty of puzzles to solve and plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. And of course I love all the book and Dewey Decimal references. Even kids who think the library is boring (gasp! yes there are a few of those out there) will love this book!
It is a must for any elementary library or classroom collection. It’s good for adults, too.