Review: MR. LEMONCELLO’S GREAT LIBRARY RACE / Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, / by Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers     ISBN     9780553536065
INT     Ages 8-12      Rating:     5

Award winning author Chris Grabenstein pens another humorous middle-grade novel combining the elements of an adventure, a mystery, and a race, set in a research/fact-finding environment.

In Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, Mr. Lemoncello calls on Kyle, his friends, and Kyle’s nemesis, Charles Chiltington to test his new game (Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy), a game that involves an old-time bicycle, a bookmobile and Mr. Lemoncello’s jet. The first team who brings the correct facts about historical figures back to the library wins the grand prize. When some disturbing “facts” begin to circulate about Mr. Lemoncello, it causes Kyle to question everything he knows about Mr. Lemoncello, and makes him work hard to uncover the truth.

Grabenstein is back with another whimsical and clever story about solving puzzle and uncovering facts. The action takes part in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, as well as his home and Mr. Lemoncello’s Imagination Factory in New York City. Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race celebrates readers, libraries, authors, and librarians. Grabenstein continues to develop characters that readers will enjoy getting to know. His storytelling and settings and delightful sense of humor will engage the most reluctant of readers. A number of books are given a nod in this book, and the author lists them in the back (C. S. Lewis, Wonder, Seuss, and more).

The Lemoncello series is filled with adventure, suspense, humor and puzzles for the reader to solve. Fans of the earlier books will devour this book, with its hidden bonus puzzle. Readers will be delighted to know Grabenstein has been signed to write another Lemoncello book!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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