Middle Grade Monday – Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

October 27th, 2013 by melissa g

The other day, my son asked me, “Do you have any books that are happy, you know, like where the world isn’t ending?” Luckily, I had just finished reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and I thought it might be just what he wanted.

Why, you ask? Well, it’s funny, there’s plenty of action, the dialogue is realistic, and it has lots of technology. The main character, Kyle, is just a regular kind of kid who seems like someone you might know. He likes games, especially video games, and he occasionally gets into trouble, but mostly he’s kind and respectful and sticks up for his friends. When he gets the chance to spend the night in the new town library, he’s ready for the adventure. And, it all comes without the world ending, vampires biting, or creatures invading. It was just what my son needed! For our full review of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, just click over to Sweet on Books.

Chris Grabenstein is not new to humor. He’s been making audiences laugh for years, and it shows. He knows how to give the people what they want!

In an interview with Sweet on Books, he had this advice for aspiring writers: “It’s very simple: Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Also, find a book you love and diagram it. See where the author makes major twists or takes unexpected turns. There is an underlying structure to all story telling. What you put in that structure is what will make your story stand out.”

Check out our full interview with Chris to learn more about him and his 2012 book, Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers. Just like with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library it delivers humor, action, and a main character with values and ethics.

What’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday?

It’s a weekly blogger tribute to middle grade books.

It was created by author Sharon Whitney Messenger to celebrate great books for middle graders, and now many other bloggers also share their reviews and thoughts on middle grade books. We’re happy to be a part of it!


Posted in Author Interviews, Funny, Reviews

2 Responses

  1. Greg Pattridge

    I have a reluctant reader I’m going to encourage they take a look at Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. It’s been buried on my “to read” list for a while so you’ve helped me move it to the top.

  2. Chris Grabenstein

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Hope your son does, too. It is, as Mr. Lemoncello says, like The Hunger Games but with plenty of food and no arrows.