It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


As always, be sure to check out the Teach.Mentor.Text and Unleashing Readers blogs for other bloggers participating in “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”


This past week I have been completely preoccupied with two things:

1) Heading back to school, and

2) Reading Chris Grabenstein’s “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.”


This book is a teacher’s and/or librarian’s dream!  Granted, due to school being back in session, it took me a little longer to finish than I would have liked, but it was well worth it! This well-crafted cross between “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and “The Phantom Tollbooth” (both of which are mentioned in this text!) tells the story of  12-year-old Kyle Keeley, who wins a chance to participate in his new local library’s overnight lock-in.  Little does he realize that getting in proves to be much easier than getting out!  In order to “escape,” he and his teammates must piece together clues to solve puzzles, all while facing challenges and trying to beat the clock to get out and reap some great rewards. The biggest reward, however, may simply lie within the pages of a good book.

Adults and older students alike will delight in all the literary references sprinkled throughout the story, which breathes new life into the Dewey Decimal System like never before!  This book definitely deserves a reread in order to find and solve all the clues that weren’t found on the first time through.

I’d urge you to check out the author’s website,

There you’ll find resources for using this book with kids and you might even be inspired to create your own great library “escape!”

As Mr. Lemoncello says, “Knowledge not shared remains unknown.”  Share this wonderfully fun story today!


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