Kyle Keely loves all sorts of games, from board games to video games. So, when Kyle learns that Mr. Lemoncello, the most famous game maker ever, is responsible for the construction of the new library and is having a lock-in for the opening, Kyle knows he has to be there. Twelve essay winning seventh graders will be selected to be the first people inside the library, where they will be allowed to explore and spend the night locked in the library. Kyle is determined to be one of the essay winners.
Mr. Lemoncello built the library because for twelve years his hometown of Alexandriaville has not had a public library. Without the library, where Mr. Lemoncello spent a considerable amount as a child, he would not have been the success he was today. But being the king of games, he has to make this the most fun library around, especially for the lock-in.
Kyle and the other winners will have to use all of their instincts and knowledge to play the games in the library and to win the grand prize once they escape the library.
This was an amazing read with fascinating trivia, and intriguing characters. The mystery around the game and how the different characters go about playing the games and solving the riddles is extremely entertaining.
Kyle Keely is an intriguing character with an amazing strategical ability that he easily applies to solving this new game. Between his love of games and his natural leader qualities, Kyle makes the perfect protagonist for this story.
I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile and proud of that fact. I have read many novels in my life and many classics. This book, however, made me feel like a novice with the many book related trivia questions.
The character of Mr. Lemoncello reminded me a lot of Willy Wonka, in both appearance and personality. He loves what he does and he loves books. His wacky, outlandish clothing options and the way he talks in riddles from time to time makes me think of Willy Wonka, except with games and books instead of chocolate.
I absolutely loved how this novel brought out the best aspects of the library and found a way for the library, all libraries everywhere, to appeal to children.
I would recommend this novel to fans of “The Pagemaster” and “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambers Bertman.
I bought my copy of this novel at Goodwill and have permission from the publishers at Penguin Random House to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Middle Grade Reviews
Middle grade novels hold a special place in this world as they help children to transition into their teenage years and help to shape and mold who they will become.
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