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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    Kyle Keeley and friends are back in Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, the sequel to The Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. After achieving celebrity status following their victory in Mr. Lemoncello's escape game, all Kyle Keeley and friends would like is for life to get back to normal in Alexandriaville, Ohio. Unfortunately for them, however, kids around the country have taken notice and wish for a chance to compete in the famous library. Game genius Luigi Lemoncello hatches a plan: the firs Kyle Keeley and friends are back in Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, the sequel to The Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. After achieving celebrity status following their victory in Mr. Lemoncello's escape game, all Kyle Keeley and friends would like is for life to get back to normal in Alexandriaville, Ohio. Unfortunately for them, however, kids around the country have taken notice and wish for a chance to compete in the famous library. Game genius Luigi Lemoncello hatches a plan: the first annual Lemoncello's Library Olympics featuring regional teams of four players each. They will compete in the same style games as the original escape for a chance to become national champions. Team Kyle will have a chance to defend their crown as well. The reason this sequel is even better than the original is because in addition to the fun and games and Lemoncello's fun and games, there is also the plot featuring Charles Chiltington and his mother with their group of library lovers. They believe that the library is abnormal and want nothing more than to wrest control of it away from Lemoncello. Enlisting the help of library Olympian Marjory Muldauer, the Chiltingtons unleash a scheme that could determine the future of the library. Meanwhile the games are on, with the winners promised a free college education courtesy of Lemoncello. With even more high tech and logical games than the first book, Grabenstein has outdone himself in this ode to libraries and librarians. My kids and I all admit that this is better than the first book and we are eagerly awaiting to see if there is another sequel or maybe even a movie. Highly recommended to library lovers everywhere, 4.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    In this sequel to the popular Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Grabenstein brings back the winning team to defend their title in a Library Olympics -- a game that spans the country with teams from every region. Included are puzzles for readers to solve (as in the first book), and a new mystery involving hundreds of missing books from Mr. Lemoncello's library. Avid readers of children's literature will especially enjoy the many books and authors mentioned throughout the chapters. Librarians In this sequel to the popular Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Grabenstein brings back the winning team to defend their title in a Library Olympics -- a game that spans the country with teams from every region. Included are puzzles for readers to solve (as in the first book), and a new mystery involving hundreds of missing books from Mr. Lemoncello's library. Avid readers of children's literature will especially enjoy the many books and authors mentioned throughout the chapters. Librarians will also appreciate the Dewey Decimal references.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Chris Grabenstein's latest middle school book is for all of us who love libraries, kids in libraries, and everything libraries stand for. I can't discuss Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics as passionately as I would like to without spoiling a main plot point. So, no matter how the review sounds, try this fun story. Kyle Keeley and his friends in Alexandriaville, Ohio, may have won gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello's first competition in his unique library, but now middle school library lovers throughout Chris Grabenstein's latest middle school book is for all of us who love libraries, kids in libraries, and everything libraries stand for. I can't discuss Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics as passionately as I would like to without spoiling a main plot point. So, no matter how the review sounds, try this fun story. Kyle Keeley and his friends in Alexandriaville, Ohio, may have won gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello's first competition in his unique library, but now middle school library lovers throughout the country are saying it isn't fair that only the kids from Mr. Lemoncello's hometown were allowed to compete. So, the gamemaker sets up a nationwide competition, and kids through the country compete to represent their region in the Library Olympics. Kyle and his team represent the Home Team, but that doesn't mean they have a better chance than the other teams. It's a competition amongst teams of the top library nerds in the country, and once Kyle sees Marjory Muldauer, he's afraid he and his friends don't have a chance. She knows everything about the Dewey Decimal System. But, some of the games involve knowledge of books, research skills, and book cart relays. The winners will receive full scholarships to the colleges of their choices. And, Marjory, along with a few interested townspeople, are determined that Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics will not be the fun, innovative event he planned. Once again, Chris Grabenstein manages to make books and reading fun. His latest book builds in intensity as the competition heats up. It's an action-packed, plot-driven story. Readers of all ages should appreciate the whimsical book, filled with literary references, wordplay, and outrageous humor at times. It's a witty, inspiring story. I'm a big fan of all of Grabenstein's books, adult and juvenile. But, for a book lover, this one is perfect with the love of books and libraries. It even contains a complete book list of every book mentioned in Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. Give it to any middle school reader who wants humor and competition. For some, the passion for books will be a bonus. It always is for this book and library lover.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Solving puzzles that uncover secret places, thrills me. Thus, the first Luigi Lemoncello novel was made for me! I was rewarded with a mystery-solving core, greatly wanting in crime-oriented adult literature. I insist on owning the collection in hardcovers and awaited a low-priced copy of: “Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics”, 2016. It reproduced some key traits but the stellar ingredients were dimmed, enough that I give four stars. Authors aren't in the position to know what makes their best book Solving puzzles that uncover secret places, thrills me. Thus, the first Luigi Lemoncello novel was made for me! I was rewarded with a mystery-solving core, greatly wanting in crime-oriented adult literature. I insist on owning the collection in hardcovers and awaited a low-priced copy of: “Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics”, 2016. It reproduced some key traits but the stellar ingredients were dimmed, enough that I give four stars. Authors aren't in the position to know what makes their best books a hit, so I will elucidate! You can't repeat the awe of beholding Chris Grabenstein's unbelievable library for the first time. You can bring back the enchantment, which I hope his third story does. The first quest rocked: spend a week-end in a library and using any resource it provides; be first to find a secret way out! Yes! A novel where a secret passageway is the point! I additionally favour a balance of skill sets. Mathematics and sports leave me out. The joy of this series is diversification of intellect; in a person or a team. Everyone shines. This sequel invites out-of-town children to compete with the stars. Alas, this story was largely about an arrogant visiting girl and a bitter local family. Focusing on a nemesis overshadowed what makes this fictional series magnificent. Excitement was restored for me when Kyle beat a videogame with creative thinking. The arrogant girl, who knew the Dewey decimal system by heart, complained that videogames had nothing to do with libraries. To the contrary, this kind of contest captured what I love about Chris's début! Creative utilization of knowledge, in this case animals; provided Kyle with a winning idea. His teammate tapped resources with startlingly real holographic answers, about folding flight-capable paper airplanes. It is more inclusive and fun to combine people's talents!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    LOVE. I can't decide if I love it more than the original or not, but I also really don't care. As a librarian, tech geek, word nerd, and lifelong book-lover, this book has it all for me: books, book references, support of free speech and banned books, technology, Flora and Ulysses, research, and on and on! Great themes for kids, too: friendship, hubris, right vs. wrong, empowerment, teamwork, RETURNING YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS, and on and on. And, of course, crazy Luigi Lemoncello and his constant wor LOVE. I can't decide if I love it more than the original or not, but I also really don't care. As a librarian, tech geek, word nerd, and lifelong book-lover, this book has it all for me: books, book references, support of free speech and banned books, technology, Flora and Ulysses, research, and on and on! Great themes for kids, too: friendship, hubris, right vs. wrong, empowerment, teamwork, RETURNING YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS, and on and on. And, of course, crazy Luigi Lemoncello and his constant word play. So much fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fraenkel

    Chris Grabenstein is currently one of my favourite 9-12 authors. I loved The Island of Dr. Libris and the first book in the Lemoncello series, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Mr. Limoncello's Library Olympics is fun, contains puzzles you can solve with the characters, and tackles important book related subjects such as banned books and freedom of speech. I'm excited to see what Grabenstein comes up with next!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Karnati

    I would love to have a library or a competition like this in my library! All of the chapters where short and sweet making the entire book entertaining. Kyle Keeley and all of his friends are extremely smart and are able to work together in the end. (view spoiler)[I guessed that the uncle was working for Mr. Lemoncello but I was actually surprised to find out that Mr. Lemoncello was also acting sad about the books being gone. (hide spoiler)] I can’t wait until libraries are actually this high-tec I would love to have a library or a competition like this in my library! All of the chapters where short and sweet making the entire book entertaining. Kyle Keeley and all of his friends are extremely smart and are able to work together in the end. (view spoiler)[I guessed that the uncle was working for Mr. Lemoncello but I was actually surprised to find out that Mr. Lemoncello was also acting sad about the books being gone. (hide spoiler)] I can’t wait until libraries are actually this high-tech in real life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary-ellen

    The whacky Mr Lemoncello returns for more fun and games in this second book in the series. All of my favourite players and villains were back, along with some new ones. In this book, middle grade teams from across the US compete in a series of clever games in the Library Olympics. This book is definitely one for a middle school/primary school reader, but it doesn’t cross over that well for adult readers. Having said that, I enjoyed solving the puzzles along with Kyle and the other players. I lov The whacky Mr Lemoncello returns for more fun and games in this second book in the series. All of my favourite players and villains were back, along with some new ones. In this book, middle grade teams from across the US compete in a series of clever games in the Library Olympics. This book is definitely one for a middle school/primary school reader, but it doesn’t cross over that well for adult readers. Having said that, I enjoyed solving the puzzles along with Kyle and the other players. I loved the theme of banned books and censorship running through this. Chris Grabenstein’s knowledge and love of books shines through with his many intertextual references. I wish these books had been around when I was in primary school. My nine-year-old self would have loved them!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby Olson

    This book is AMAZING! It is a perfect mix of libraries, Olympics, and games. If you like to read about the most amazing library in the world including a museum, electronic learning center, and three stories of BOOKS, I am telling you, YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Simpson

    The long-awaited sequel to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library does not disappoint! I must say I enjoyed it even more than the first one! Kyle and his teammates are back to defend their title in the first-ever Library Olympics. This clever book is fast paced & funny. There is perfect amount of mystery, action, references to books. I highly recommend this one! I received an ARC at the AASL conference in Columbus. The long-awaited sequel to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library does not disappoint! I must say I enjoyed it even more than the first one! Kyle and his teammates are back to defend their title in the first-ever Library Olympics. This clever book is fast paced & funny. There is perfect amount of mystery, action, references to books. I highly recommend this one! I received an ARC at the AASL conference in Columbus.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam Young

    This book was amazing! It really spotlights how great library's are and how important it is to read. The author expresses the importance of books in an entertaining way. "A library doesn't need windows. We have books, which are windows into worlds we have never even dreamed possible." -Chris Grabstein

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    When this came in the mail today I dove in and I loved it! Just a fun read and a celebration of reading, libraries, imagination, problem-solving and friendship with a message towards the end that fits in organically and is not too didactic! Highly recommended!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    So much fun! I may even prefer it to its predecessor! Kids will devour this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I am so excited to read this. I promise that I will like it, no hesitation. When I saw the date, I was like NOoooooooooooooo!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andria

    This book was given to me as an advanced reader copy at the aasl conference in Ohio. This book seemed more original than the first book in this series. The first book seemed a very updated version of Charlie and the chocolate factory...good but still a knock off. However, this one seemed original in style and content. I like the fact that it answered the what if question of what if others complained about not having a chance to enter the escape of the first book. I loved the fact that it had a v This book was given to me as an advanced reader copy at the aasl conference in Ohio. This book seemed more original than the first book in this series. The first book seemed a very updated version of Charlie and the chocolate factory...good but still a knock off. However, this one seemed original in style and content. I like the fact that it answered the what if question of what if others complained about not having a chance to enter the escape of the first book. I loved the fact that it had a variety of book genres associated with the story. Also, the banned books and freedom of speech were great lessons that were not preachily shared. I liked the fact that ala was brought into it so that the real library world was shared. All in all a very solid offering that we very entertaining.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    What an awesome book! I'll read anything by Chris Grabenstein, whether it's one of his excellent mysteries for adults or one of his wonderful books for middle-graders like his hilarious Mr. Lemoncello library mysteries. This book has a large cast of lively and varied characters and features games, many references to real books (including quite a few banned books), and a puzzling mystery plot (with some twists I definitely didn't foresee). It champions "freedom of speech, freedom of expression, an What an awesome book! I'll read anything by Chris Grabenstein, whether it's one of his excellent mysteries for adults or one of his wonderful books for middle-graders like his hilarious Mr. Lemoncello library mysteries. This book has a large cast of lively and varied characters and features games, many references to real books (including quite a few banned books), and a puzzling mystery plot (with some twists I definitely didn't foresee). It champions "freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of fun," as Mr. Lemoncello puts it. This is a book that can be enjoyed by kids and grownups alike, as its humor appeals to all ages. It's the second book in a series, but it stands very well on its own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Nelson

    Once again, Mr. Lemoncello has introduced readers to puzzles, games, books, and a love of Dewey Decimal System. In this book, readers are also introduced to Banned Books. I really enjoy the clues in this book and how the readers are given a chance to solve the puzzles and riddles for themselves before the answer is solved. Each character has strengths and weaknesses but work together as a team. Differences can be strengths and past mistakes forgiven. The joy of learning is what comes through in Once again, Mr. Lemoncello has introduced readers to puzzles, games, books, and a love of Dewey Decimal System. In this book, readers are also introduced to Banned Books. I really enjoy the clues in this book and how the readers are given a chance to solve the puzzles and riddles for themselves before the answer is solved. Each character has strengths and weaknesses but work together as a team. Differences can be strengths and past mistakes forgiven. The joy of learning is what comes through in this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    A curiously, puzzling sequel to the first Mr. Lemoncello series. With relatable new characters and a mysterious plot, middle-grade readers won't want to put it down! Overall 4/5 stars; I hope this book inspires a love for the library in all!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    this book is totally amazing, fabulous, exciting and WONDERMOUS. i really liked this book its full of adventure, riddles and soo many amazing stuff i just loved. the most exciting thing is that there would be another new book in 2017!!.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    Well, there's 2 things I could rant at... #1. I am angry at Mr. Lemoncello because he allowed a nit-picking student to sway his (and a top librarian's) judgement on who should receive a certain prize in particular. Obviously, two students arrived at a correct answer, thus they should have split the prize -- or forfeit it mutually, if needed. Regardless, THE SITUATION WASN'T DEALT WITH FAIRLY. #2. This book has one moment SO SCARY, it was unbelievable. My literature-lovin' heart just about stopped Well, there's 2 things I could rant at... #1. I am angry at Mr. Lemoncello because he allowed a nit-picking student to sway his (and a top librarian's) judgement on who should receive a certain prize in particular. Obviously, two students arrived at a correct answer, thus they should have split the prize -- or forfeit it mutually, if needed. Regardless, THE SITUATION WASN'T DEALT WITH FAIRLY. #2. This book has one moment SO SCARY, it was unbelievable. My literature-lovin' heart just about stopped beating when an ACTUAL BOOK-BURNING was announced. I mean FIRE + BOOKS. WHOAAA! Talk about a plot twist/climax. I was squirming in my seat through the whole thing. Other than that? It's a really fun story. I absolutely love books about... well, books. And the story keeps you on your toes!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Loved it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    That superrich, book-loving, game-making Luigi Lemoncello is back. Following on the heels of the wildly-successful Mr. Lemoncello's Library, this book features the team that won the first competition minus one member. Kyle Keeley and his friends are basking in all the fame and adulation for winning the original competition when Mr. Lemoncello decides to host an Olympics based around library skills and knowledge of books. Readers will relate to Kyle's fears that he doesn't have what it takes this That superrich, book-loving, game-making Luigi Lemoncello is back. Following on the heels of the wildly-successful Mr. Lemoncello's Library, this book features the team that won the first competition minus one member. Kyle Keeley and his friends are basking in all the fame and adulation for winning the original competition when Mr. Lemoncello decides to host an Olympics based around library skills and knowledge of books. Readers will relate to Kyle's fears that he doesn't have what it takes this time and some of the gamesmanship that occurs as teams from across the nation's various regions compete for medals and college scholarships. Librarians in the know or those who have attended ALA Conferences will appreciate the references to book cart drills and the ability of librarians to find the right answer quickly, making this book a sure bet to be one of their favorites of the year. The puzzles and riddles are fun, and the conflict between Charles Chiltington's mother and her librarian watchdog group and Mr. Lemoncello will bring to mind many of the would-be book censors who insist that they know what should be made available on library book shelves or what should go on inside those library walls. How dare there be any fun in a library, after all? Libraries are meant to be quiet places. But not in Mr. Lemoncello's world. Since the author has kindly included a list of all the books mentioned in the story, readers will find it easy to make their own to-read lists, and get started on them right away. The author's love for fun and books comes through on every page of this well-written and engaging book without becoming too didactic when he explores book banning. I enjoyed the previous title, but I have to say that I enjoyed this one even more. The possibilities for librarians and teachers to get their own students involved in their own mini library Olympics are endless, but the book provides some places to start after readers wipe away all the tears they've shed from laughing and calm down from all the suspense.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lis

    If any of you know, or have read my review of the previous book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, you know I'm a pretty big fan of both the previous book, and this author. Chris Grabenstein is, in my opinion, one of the best authors in Children's fiction right now. His books are an incredible amount of fun for both kids and adults, and they're the BEST for classroom read-aloud's. I've recommended his children's books to all of the Elementary and Middle School teachers I work with, and they'v If any of you know, or have read my review of the previous book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, you know I'm a pretty big fan of both the previous book, and this author. Chris Grabenstein is, in my opinion, one of the best authors in Children's fiction right now. His books are an incredible amount of fun for both kids and adults, and they're the BEST for classroom read-aloud's. I've recommended his children's books to all of the Elementary and Middle School teachers I work with, and they've all come back saying how much they, and their students, have loved his novels. Luckily (or should I say obviously, because this author has an excellent track record) Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics did NOT disappoint. It was so fun hanging out with Kyle, Miguel, Akimi, and Sierra, and it was a joy to see some old friends (and enemies), meet some new ones, and solve some new, very awesome riddles. The story was well plotted, original, and didn't feel like a sequel (you know how sometimes sequels just feel like a sequels), instead it was as much fun, and just as awesome as the first book (which you do need to read in order to understand what's going on in this one). I also love how these books have a reading list of great books for kids sprinkled throughout (and again at the end if you weren't able to catch them all), and a final riddle for readers to solve. For all of the light, and fun this book is, it also dealt with a topic that hits really close to home for me as a librarian who deals with challenged books on a regular basis. I loved how well the issue of Way to hit it out of the park again, Mr. Grabenstein. I will be recommending this to everyone I know (and probably a lot of people I don't), and hopefully we get to hang out in Mr. Lemoncello's Library again soon, because I'm pretty sure it's the coolest place in literary existence.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by publisher So many children thought that they should have beat Kyle's team in the original Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and many are jealous of the children's subsequent fame. Kyle starts to wonder if he really should have won. When Mr. Lemoncello decides that he will have another competition, with children from all over the US and not just Alexandriaville, Ohio, Kyle really starts to worry. Charles Chiltington and her mother are still angry, and form a committee to help Copy provided by publisher So many children thought that they should have beat Kyle's team in the original Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and many are jealous of the children's subsequent fame. Kyle starts to wonder if he really should have won. When Mr. Lemoncello decides that he will have another competition, with children from all over the US and not just Alexandriaville, Ohio, Kyle really starts to worry. Charles Chiltington and her mother are still angry, and form a committee to help run the new library in the way that THEY think is proper. Miguel, Sierra, and Akimi are all back on board to be on Kyle's team, but he is beset by anxiety, especially when the Dewey Decimal fluent Marjory Muldauer looks like she might be able to win the competition. When books crucial to the game go missing, the committee thinks that Lemoncello's ability to curate the collection is sorely lacking, and that the hover ladders and holographic librarians are just gimmicks that get in the way of a properly run town library. Can Kyle and his team locate the books and find out who was taking them before it's too late? Strengths: Certainly, this was too cool a library to leave forever, so it's great to revisit all of the fun and innovative library technology (pterodactyls, anyone?).There are lots of puzzles to figure out, tons of Dewey Decimal categories discussed, and many classic and new books referenced. There are even quite a number of real people mentioned in the book; luckily, Colby Sharp was mentioned as a language arts teacher early on, which alerted me to this fact. Very fun! Weaknesses: I'm not a fan of puzzles, and this book seemed to center more on those, and the slight mystery of the missing books, rather than Kyle's development as a character or the library's importance to the town. What I really think: The first book was fantastic, so readers will be waiting for this sequel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liza Fireman

    For some reason I expected much more from this book. But even from the educational level I was disappointed (not every book that mentions good books and libraries is awesome, oh well). Not even talking about the fact that the whole game was a test, maybe cheating children is not my cup of tea. I am reading many MG books with my daughter. Some of them are awesome (lately, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. And some timeless and amazing, The Giver and The Phantom Tollbooth). This one does no For some reason I expected much more from this book. But even from the educational level I was disappointed (not every book that mentions good books and libraries is awesome, oh well). Not even talking about the fact that the whole game was a test, maybe cheating children is not my cup of tea. I am reading many MG books with my daughter. Some of them are awesome (lately, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. And some timeless and amazing, The Giver and The Phantom Tollbooth). This one does not make the bar. It is not as interesting, not as engaging. It is really a super simple MG, funny but nothing much. Luigi Lemoncello's first competition, the teams that are formed, the library, some well known logical riddles, and much name dropping of good books. An action packed book, and still mediocre, nothing much to remember. Mr. Lemoncello himself is quite cartoonish and the dialog is very forced. Characters are falling into the simplistic exaggeration (villains, nerds, etc.). I haven't read the first book, and maybe that's part of the problem. Almost 2.5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laine The Librarian

    Mr. Lemoncello and Kyle Keeley are at it again!!! When kids all around the world feel cheated that they weren't able to participate in the Mr. Lemoncello's games at the Library, he opened up a Library Olympics for all children all over the place to take the chance to beat his library game. Kyle Keeley is still feeling the grips of being a winner, he just now feels devastated to try and beat smart, Library loving kids from all over the globe. But Kyle finds out fast that it is not just the kids he Mr. Lemoncello and Kyle Keeley are at it again!!! When kids all around the world feel cheated that they weren't able to participate in the Mr. Lemoncello's games at the Library, he opened up a Library Olympics for all children all over the place to take the chance to beat his library game. Kyle Keeley is still feeling the grips of being a winner, he just now feels devastated to try and beat smart, Library loving kids from all over the globe. But Kyle finds out fast that it is not just the kids he needs to beat. There are parents and adults that are now coming around and causing havoc, not liking nor enjoying the concept of having games at a Library. It is unethical and needs to be stop!!! Really people?!?! Libraries is about finding what you like and express yourself freely about it as well as games. So why not put the two items together? Apparently some parents don't feel like that is ideal for this community and they will try anything to stop Mr. Lemoncello and his Library Olympics from happening. Literally anything. Another amazing book by Mr. Grabenstein about Libraries, children, gaming and how to fit all of them together and still have amazing fun while learning about literature.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This book is a madcap sequel to the strange, but entertaining book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. It took me a lot longer to read this book than I expected, but when I was able to carve out some time to read, it was a fun, fast page turner. The competition, involving teams from all across the United States, was quite a bit different from the first book; however, the puzzles were just as entertaining. Some of the characters were a bit too stereotypical, but I loved the plot twist at the en This book is a madcap sequel to the strange, but entertaining book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. It took me a lot longer to read this book than I expected, but when I was able to carve out some time to read, it was a fun, fast page turner. The competition, involving teams from all across the United States, was quite a bit different from the first book; however, the puzzles were just as entertaining. Some of the characters were a bit too stereotypical, but I loved the plot twist at the end. Overall, it was another fun library-centric tale and I'm sure children will eagerly await another installation in this series (I hope this is not the last...) interesting quotes: Neil Gaiman: "Google can bring you back one hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one." (p. 49) "...Lemoncello said books did no one any good sealed up tight. He said books need to 'have their spines cracked, their covers opened, and their pages ruffled for them to come alive." (p. 146)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zahra

    The hometown heroes Kyle, Akimi, Miguel, and Sierra are in hot water with other library geniuses around the states. They will be fighting to keep their title as the true champions in this library based Olympics. Probably some are wondering were Charles ended? He has been the trouble factor in the story. He greatly envies Kyle and his team for winning the escape game, so he decided to blame mr.lemoncello for his loss. He complains to his mother and so she forms a group of true library lovers that The hometown heroes Kyle, Akimi, Miguel, and Sierra are in hot water with other library geniuses around the states. They will be fighting to keep their title as the true champions in this library based Olympics. Probably some are wondering were Charles ended? He has been the trouble factor in the story. He greatly envies Kyle and his team for winning the escape game, so he decided to blame mr.lemoncello for his loss. He complains to his mother and so she forms a group of true library lovers that are holding a revolution against mr.lemoncello's library. Only the true champions are the ones who will sacrifice a lot to do what's right. I really think the book doesn't need any improvements since it perfectly fits young readers. I like how the clues and riddles are cleverly written. The book totally deserves 5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Junhao

    In my opinion, this book is THE BEST book ever! Great story with a huge plot twist at the end. You NEED TO read it. A puzzle to present or future readers: "Likrary is the placw for people to deek information and facvs! Dut the une mement you take a looc at this book, "Hallo! It's a Lemoncello!" Hafe in mind to git ready for the adventune!" Hints: Colorado, Mountain, "Spelling Counts"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I loved this book just as much, if not more than it's predecessor. Weaving the reality of banned books and the most amazing library ever together makes for a great story. Seriously, I would never leave that place.

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