* This suggestion is part of our National Library Week 2015 series. To celebrate libraries everywhere, we are posting a library-related suggestion every day this week. *
As a librarian, I feel compelled to read any book featuring a library, even if the book is for children. So when this one came across my desk, I snatched it up before anyone could stop me. But Chris Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library isn’t just a book featuring clever puzzles and a wealth of literary references set in a giant interactive library; it’s also about staying true to yourself, playing to your strengths, and overcoming adversity through the power of teamwork.
12-year-old Kyle doesn’t like to read, but he loves to play games, and his favorite games are those made by the eccentric genius, Luigi L. Lemoncello. When Kyle learns that Mr. Lemoncello has designed the town’s new library and is hosting an exclusive lock-in to celebrate the grand opening, Kyle falls all over himself to be there. Once inside the library, however, Kyle and his friends discover that this night of fun and games has higher stakes than they thought.
The author, Chris Grabenstein, has written several other books for children and adults. In 2014, he graciously attended a virtual author talk at our library. What a treat! His presentation, like his book, was funny and engaging. The kids loved it, and we loved having him.