Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

August 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, )

olympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

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If you liked Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, it’s safe to say you’re going to like Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. It has the same characters, the same tone, and the same message (friendship, teamwork, and libraries are all important) as the first book, and it’s just as much fun to read.

Pretty much everything I said about the first book is true about this one. It’s a juvenile book, so the characters are drawn broadly, but you’re going to like the protagonists and dislike the antagonists. Grabenstein mixes things up a bit by excluding some of the characters from the first book, and he brings in a new cast of characters through the Olympic themselves.

See, this time around, Mr. Lemoncello has received a lot of complaints from children across the US, saying it wasn’t fair that they couldn’t participate in the escape from the first book. In order to make it more fair, he creates the Olympics, where the country is divided by region, and each region sends a team of four to participate in the Olympics. Once at the library, the teams participate in twelve different events, with the team that wins the most medals being the winner of the Olympics. Of course, not everyone is happy with the way things are happening, which leads to the central conflict of the book (which, despite appearances, isn’t Kyle and his friends defending their title against the other teams).

At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much, as it seemed to be a bit of a carbon copy of the first book in the series, but by the end, I had been just as caught up in it as I had the first time. It’s a fun book, it’s easy to read, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is. If the series sounds like something you would like, find it and read it and have fun with it. I know I did.

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