Kyle and his teammates are back in the funny, quirky sequel to the New York Times Bestseller: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Now, Kyle and his friends must re-claim their winning title from the earlier game; but this time, against bookworms from all over the country in the sequel, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, by Chris Grabenstein.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics occurs a couple months after the first book. Kyle and his friends are now celebrities and star in the Lemoncello commercials, but not everything is going well. Charles Chiltington, a bookworm and smart aleck who lost in the library escape game, has organized a protest with his mom against the Lemoncello Library. He believes libraries should be “no fun” and is determined to shut down the library. At the same time, Mr. Lemoncello has been receiving complaints from all over from bookworms that want to compete against Kyle and his friends. Teams are chosen from the other regions and the Library Olympics begin. However, something suspicious is going on. Books are missing from the library and they can’t find the thief. Meanwhile, Mrs. Chiltington has gathered more people for the protest and is gaining power over the library. Between figuring out overwhelming challenges, all the participants will have to band together to get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s not just a game anymore. Can Mr. Lemoncello find the thief, stop the Chiltingtons, and determine the real winners of the games; all before everything goes out of control?
This is a realistic, fantastic, thrilling novel that is as good as it’s predecessor. It made you feel like you were in the book because it allowed you to see the riddles that the contestants were given and the answers if you read further. However, as with most sequels, you need to have read the first book at least once, but just in case you need a refresher there is some explaining and redundancy. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library has a very big and unexpected plot twist that is surrounded by tons of emotional moments and clues. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and is action-packed, but it is not the best for fantasy readers, as it has no magic.
Overall, this was a great book with tons of surprises and puzzling challenges, especially with it’s quick start and hilarious jokes. This book is very detailed when describing how things look and sound, along with the very different and individual personalities of all the characters which helped me visualize the book. This 278 page book is best for 8-12 year olds as middle-schoolers might think the plot is lacking and kiddish, but there are some harder words that you may need to look up. The next time you’re online or at a bookstore, be sure to check out Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (after you read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, of course.)