Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein

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ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling Books - June 24th, 2014

While chatting about books with my 9-year-old nephew one day, we started discussing some of the past DCF (Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award) nominees and winners we both had read. Neither of us had gotten to the past year’s winner — Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  — but we both agreed it looked interesting. I’ve since had a chance to read it and I’ve got to say it was wonderful! Willy Wonka meets The Mysterious Benedict Society (both of which are also excellent reads), with a healthy dose of literary and pop culture references. Lots of fun puzzles to solve, and it serves to illustrate just how much pleasure there is to be found at your local library. (For the record, the boy is busy devouring Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief , which he enthusiastically gives ”two thumbs up!”)