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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

$16.99

Available January 5, 2016

If you liked the book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, this is the sequel to that book. Kyle Keeley and his teammates are having the best lives after winning Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Escape.Soon, other states are complaining that they did not get to compete, and they had an unfair chance.Mr. Lemoncello soon decides to find the top four Library Olympians in the six regions. Everyone gathers together for a wacky, library themed Olympics, and together, they find some unexpected twists and turns when Charles Chiltington and his mother threaten to take over the Alexandriaville’s public library.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Book Club

Book ClubIn a previous post, I mentioned that the Morse Pond Book Clubs were up and running again. Eight Cousins is delighted (I need another word that conveys total jubilation) to be partnering with the clubs again this year. For the past few weeks, I (Sara) have been running around like a mad squirrel trying to gather as many middle-grade ARCs as possible. You know how people are about boxes when they’re moving? That was me at a recent publishing exhibition. “You have middle-grade ARCs at this booth? I’ll take 20.”* Eight CousinsPublishers have obliged my rampant foraging and have even sent boxes of fantastic ARCs for the two clubs (thank you!)

So what about the kids? Well every time I drop off a new set, I hear more and more fantastic stories from Mrs. Abbott. One kid didn’t bring his book back because he read it so fast that his father had to borrow it to see what all the fuss was about. The hilarious part is that he only ‘confessed’ this fact later. The librarian and the bookseller are still trying to decide why he thought he might get in trouble for loaning out a book! Another kid is new at the school this year. Since the kids sometimes read the same book, the club is giving him something to talk about with his classmates. Mrs. Abbott put together an amazing presentation to explain the program to parents and other teachers. Her slides and photos are included here. I’m so jealous of everything she does with the groups when I’m not around, but fortunately the kids do occasionally come into the store and want even more books. 1) Thanks so much for introducing yourselves! 2) Seriously?!? I just dropped off like 30 ARCs at your school! It’s amazing to see first hand that you really do love reading that much. For the record, we do, too. Mrs. Abbott and I try to maintain a certain level of professionalism, but when two book lovers get together the conversations quickly become something like, well like two book lovers talking about books: Have you read Mr. Lemoncello’s Library yet?!? OMG!** Yes! I loved it! But Wonder is really taking hold here! Everyone in the school is really excited about it! You have to read Rooftoppers, it’s my new favorite book! Did you see how excited the kids got about Prisoner 88?!? I know! I totally want to read it now!

Reviewing

Some of the reviews have been posted here already and a flood more just arrived, so look for those over the next couple of weeks.The next time I meet with the kids, we’ll talk more about the reviewing process. My ideal is that throughout the year we can arrange for some special guests — like editors, publicists, designers, and umm, maybe some authors and illustrators — to talk to the two clubs. Anyone interested!?! Not yet? Well look at the photos below and then decide : )

Trying to decide . . .

Trying to decide . . .

Selecting ARCs

Selecting ARCs

Reading at its finest!

Reading at its finest!

Small group reading!

Small group reading!

Reviewers in training.

Reviewers in training.

* I swear I never took more than 2 of each.

** Neither Mrs. Abbott nor Sara actually uttered, “OMG!”, but they might as well have.

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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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