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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House for Young Readers

$16.99

Available January 2016

This book is impossible to put down because of all of Mr. Lemoncello’s games and the excitement it brings. The new teams from all over the country compete against the original Lemoncello’s winners. Kyle Keeley and his friends try to compete against the top library nerds including, Marjory, a girl who knows everything and is totally against Kyle and his friends. They start to play the games and Kyle and his team realize how good the other teams are and start to lose hope. Yet, they continue to try their hardest and work as a team. I loved this book. If you liked the first Mr. Lemoncello’s Library story, then you will be sure to like this one. The first book in is still my favorite, but this one is amazing!

Sophia, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books

$16.99

Available January 5, 2016

This amazing book makes you never want to pick up another book again! Mr. Lemoncello is back with new teams, and new games. This monumental book is just as good as the first! Haven’t we all read a book where its sequel is terrible? Not this one! It’s amazing, eye-catching cover is the smallest of the surprises in this book! With a stunning plot, and special characters, this book pulls every reader in!

~ Kailei, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr.Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House

$16.99

January 5, 2016

Mr.Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, by Chris Grabenstein, is a very comical sequel.  Different than Escape From Mr.Lemoncello’s Library, but they both represent a similar theme – teamwork.

Kyle Keeley is back with his teammates, this time, but not competing against each other. Teams from all around the country feel that they can beat these hometown champions. So, Mr.Lemoncello calls these competitive teams in. Together, Kyle and his team fight to keep their victory. Along the way, books start to disappear and Mr.Lemoncello loses his spirit. All the teams must join together to save everyone’s favorite library. I liked this book a lot, almost as much as the first one. The plot never slows down, surprises popping out every corner. The characters are so alive, especially Majory Muldauer, Kyle’s arch nemesis. She is so fierce and confident you would never think that she has a side of her that she tries to hide. I would recommend this book to everyone who loved the first book of these amusing series.

~ Grace, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review — House of Robots: My Brother the Robot

HouseofRobotsHouse of Robots: My Brother the Robot

James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Little, Brown

13.99

Available now

The book that I read was House of Robots: My Brother the Robot by James Patterson. What I liked about the book is that at the start Sammy didn’t like E going to his school, but at the end they became best buds. E is a robot that thinks it is Sammy’s brother. Sammy is worried that the other students will judge him as a nerd because of E. The bully in this book is up to no good at their school and is trying to get his crowd back. You should read this book because it is really funny and great to read.

~ Dontae, age 12

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Morse Pond Review: The Island of Dr. Libris

9780385388443The Island of Dr. Libris

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books for Young Readers

$16.99

Available March 2105

The Island Of Dr. Libris is an awesome book. My favorite part is when all of the characters come to life. The coolest person in the book is Robin Hood. It is cool that he is an expert marksman. The setting of the story is an island somewhere around California and it is a summer day/night. Some of the characters are Billy, Walter, Hercules, Space Lizard, Jack, Giant, and, of course, Dr.Libris. I can’t wait to get the book when it comes out. Chris Grabenstien’s other books are cool, too. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is my favorite one. I hope other readers like this book as much as I did.

Spencer, age 10

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Morse Pond is Buzzing about “The Next Big Thing!”

For the past couple of years, I’ve been working with Mrs. Abbott, who is the amazing and passionate librarian at Morse Pond Middle School in Falmouth, MA. Mrs. Abbott coordinates two book clubs, one for the 5th grade and one for the 6th grade. Thanks to many generous sales reps and publicity people at publishing houses, I have been able to bring ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of books for the kids to read and review. In the spring of 2013, our Random House rep highly recommended Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. I read it, loved it, and handed my copy to Mrs. Abbott. She read it, loved it, and passed it on to one of the 6th graders in the book club who read it, loved it, and reviewed it. That review kicked off a series of events that none of us could have anticipated, culminating a Mr. Lemoncello Weekend, where Chris Grabenstein visited Morse Pond AND we had an after hours event for 12 kids at the Falmouth Public Library.IMG_5995*

In preparation for this school year, Mrs. Abbott and I had a conversation about how many amazing things happened because of a seemingly small gesture: handing someone a book and telling them they have to read it. However, word-of-mouth recommendations are one of the most important factors in publishing. So we decided we wanted to see what books would capture the attention and imagination of Morse Pond’s book clubs this year.

We don’t know what will happen, but here are the steps so far . . . I asked people from various publishing houses to make recommendations of what books they think could be “The Next Big Thing.” Kate (Random House), Bernie (HarperCollins), Debra (Candlewick), Barbara (Simon & Schuster), Eileen (Algonquin Young Readers), Lisa, (Little, Brown) all kindly sent a few contenders. I also picked up ARCs from Abrams, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Penguin at a recent conference (see the full list of books here). Mrs. Abbott and I talked about each book and let the kids decide which ones they want to read. We’ve explained to the kids that buzzing — both via word of mouth and in written reviews — is crucial to this project. IMG_6039Mrs. Abbott put this awesome board up in the library and kids can post their comments about the books for their peers. Kids are talking to each other, their families, and teachers about some of their favorites. Mrs. Abbott can’t stop talking about Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai! Reviews are starting to arrive and will be posted here on the Eight Cousins blog — readers are, of course, free to read and review books not on the list. Although we don’t know what *will* happen, Mrs. Abbott and I already seeing a lot of middle school kids getting really excited about books, reading, and buzzing!

~ Sara

 

 

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a favorite at Eight Cousins, Morse Pond, and the Falmouth Public Library. It was one of the Eight Cousins 2013 Picks of the Year, was one of Jill Erikson’s (Head Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library) Summer Reading Picks, is currently listed on the Morse Pond Battle of the Books, and continues to get rave reviews from everyone who reads it.

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Morse Pond Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

9780375870897Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein

Random House for Young Readers

$16.95

Available now

This book is amazing! It is the best book that I have ever read! This book is a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and what Mr. Lemoncello would say, “It’s like the Hunger Games, but with lots of food and no bows and arrows.”

The book starts off with Kyle Keely playing just one of Mr.Lemoncello’s famous games Indoor Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with his two older brothers who are always better than him in sports, school and everything that comes between. Kyle gets an opportunity of a lifetime, something so extraordinary that he’ll never forget. He gets to be in the first group that will see Mr. Lemoncello’s Library for the very first time. What will happen next? Read the book to find out!

~ Leah, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

9780375870897Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books for Young Readers

9780375870897

$16.99

available June 25, 2013

This is a fabulous book! In fact it was so good, I sat down and read it in 2 hours! Meet Kyle Keeley, the youngest of three boys, and always outshined. So when he hears that his favorite game maker, (he is also the most famous one I might add) is having a lock in at the new library he built, Kyle knows he has to be there. But what he doesn’t know is that he will have escape, and be the first one to, if he wants to win the prize. Can he win, or will the backstabbing, good-for-nothing Charles beat him? I love this book and you will too!

Celia, grade 6

Eight Cousins Note: Here’s one more review for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. If you’re wondering whether this book is worth all the fuss, I’m telling you now: it is! Read our other 6th grade review here.

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