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Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!

Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet!--to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!

Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT'S A LEMONCELLO!

Before starting Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, I wondered how Grabenstein could keep writing these books without repeating himself, and whether or not I would like book three as a result.

It turned out not to be a problem at all! I loved it. I especially liked how the book transitioned into the mystery and showed that there are things more important than winning. It’s also a great example on how to do research and work with others, even if you didn’t choose to work with them. Of course, the book was also adventurous and funny. Kids will love it.