Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
By: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

The Mr. Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein is such a fun and adventure filled series. Mr Lemoncello and the Great Library Race is the perfect third installment to the series. Have you seen the Nickelodeon film they made about the first one? I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my to-watch list!

I fell in love with this series because it’s great for those students who love to be in the library all the time. I feel like we sometimes forget about those students, and this book series is made for those kids who love to read. More than just reading, this series is made for those who love to research using the resources of libraries. It takes a certain skill to use the library appropriately, and the main characters in this book all know how to do it. They set an example for those who are reading the book.

In the Great Library Race, teams of students are brought to the library to partake in a library game very similar to the Amazing Race TV show. The teams of students must solve clues to advance to the next one. This requires the teams to fly to different locations around the world to solve the riddles. The teams are doing all that they can to win the race. Kyle and his partner stop midway through the race to investigate some salacious claims about Mr. Lemoncello. These claims could bring down everything Mr. Lemoncello has created. The team must use the power of facts, not just the word of strangers, to research the claims. The book shows that you always need to search out the fact, and sometimes you need to go below the surface of a claim to find the truth. This fun-filled novel shows the true power of research.

Like the previous books, The Great Library Race is filled with adventure and intrigue. Readers who enjoyed the first two will love the third book in the series. The Great Library Race shares an important theme of research to an age of students who spend a lot of timing on the internet and social media.

The fourth book, Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game, is slated to come out in May. I’m so happy this series in continuing. Such a top notch series.