by Chris Grabenstein
288 pages of puzzles, games, books, fun and friendship – don’t ever give up until it’s time.
(Izzy, you’ll love this one!)
“Don’t worry,” said Kyle. “Mrs. Cameron isn’t the final judge. Mr. Lemoncello is. And since he’s a genius, he will definitely pick the essays you guys all wrote.”
“Undoubtedly,” said Peckleman.
“Thanks, Kyle,” said Miguel.
“I just wish you could win with us,” aid Akimi.
“Well, maybe I can. Like you said, this is just a Move Back Three Spaces card. A Take a Walk on the Boardwalk when someone else owns it. It’s a chute in Chutes and Ladders. A detour to the Molasses Swamp in Candy Land!”
“Yo, Kyle,” said Miguel. “Exactly how many board games have you played?”
“Enough to know that you don’t ever quit until somebody else actually wins.”(p. 27)
The grand opening of Alexandriaville’s new public library is in a few days. Twelve twelve-year olds have a chance to win an essay contest to be selected for an overnight preview party. The library has been under top-secret construction for five years. No one had worked on it long enough or on a large enough part of the project to know what the final outcome would be, but no one doubted that it would be anything short of amazing. The project is being funded by the town’s own “bazillionaire,” Luigi Lemoncello. As a boy living in a crowded downtown apartment, the library had been his quiet place to think and dream. The librarian at the time had taken special interest in Luigi – in fact it was she who helped him publish his first game, “Family Frenzy.” The rest was history. Luigi Lemoncello had been creating wonderfully, wild games of all kinds since then – the age of 12- and now he was giving something to his town as thanks.
Kyle loved playing games. He played them all the time, but he wasn’t much into reading and writing and it wasn’t until the day the essays were to be passed in that he knew he had blown it. But just as he said in the passage above – he decided not to give up until he was certain he had lost and it paid off. Kyle became one of the essay winners and found himself in the most amazing game of his life. You see the library sleep over is more than just a special preview. “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” is the most incredible game ever created. The whole library is a game board and the children are the pieces. To win they’ll need to solve riddles, decipher clues and use all their powers of observation. Once given the rules, they have twenty-four hours to find the secret exit. Kyle always plays to win, but so do the other eleven players in the game. Game on!
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is an amazing adventure. I smiled my way through every page and ended up with even more books on my reading list. After all the “library is more than a collection of dusty old books. It is a place to learn, explore and grow!” Mr. Lemoncello will prove it to you!
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