If you could enter a contest to win a night inside the library, would you do it? What if you found out the night in the library was sponsored by the most famous game maker (both board games and video games) in the world?
Mr. Lemoncello is the most famous game creator in the world, and he has sponsored the building of the new town library in a rural Ohio town. Kyle could really care less about the library until he learns that Mr. Lemoncello is behind it, and the "overnight party" for 12 lucky 12-year-olds is sponsored by him. Kyle has to do some fast-thinking to get invited to the party when he realizes his half-hearted attempt wasn't going to be enough.
The party is pretty awesome, but the games really get going the following morning when the students realize the real game has yet to be played. They must figure out how to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library--by using the library to discover and decipher clues!
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (Lexile: 720; Interest Level: Grades 3-7) has to be one of my favorite books of this year so far. It was so funny that I kept reading parts of it to my husband, and he asked me to read it aloud to him as we sat around the campfires. (304 pages)
All girls have probably had the dream to be a princess at some point in their life. Who wouldn't want beautiful clothes, no chores, and servants to wait on them, right? In this second book of the Scandia Series, Jenna is enjoying her new life as a princess, except for the strict palace rules, the mean girl at boarding school who makes it hard to make friends, and the paparazzi who follow her everywhere so she can't even have pizza with her best friend in peace. In The Princess Trap by Kirsten Boie (Lexile: 700; Interest Level: Grades 4-6), Jenna runs away from boarding school (with a boy!), and they both get caught in a trap to overthrow her uncle, the King. It takes some strong character and quick thinking for Jenna to get out of some tough situations, including fighting against people whom she thought were already gone from her life. I really enjoyed the adventure in this modern fairy tale. Any child who has ever dreamt of being royalty should find some interest in this story. (416 pages)
Yep. Number 3 in the Ghosthunters series! I told you I couldn't help myself with these, right? In Ghosthunters and the Totally Mold Baroness, (Lexile: 810; Interest Level: Grades 2-5), Cornelia Funke adds a little romance to Hugo's life as the trio (Tom, Hetty Hyssop and Hugo) go to Gloomsburg Castle to investigate an awful smell surrounding the wife of the caretaker when the Totally Moldy Baroness possesses her body, giving her a horrible case of the hiccups. Faced with a old, crumbling castle infected with TIBIGs (Tiny Biting Ghosts), the friends have to figure out how to confront the Totally Moldy Baroness, who believes she owns the castle, without hurting the caretaker's wife. And the romance? Well, Hugo finds the Baroness to be very attractive, moldy smell and all! Continue this series for more information on ghost hunting, more fun adventures, and to see Tom in a dress?! And, I just discovered I must look for the 4th one: Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom! (117 pages)
One of the 2015 Indian Paintbrush Award nominees, I found Legend of the Ghost Dog (Lexile: 730; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) to be much better of a story than I originally thought. When Tee and her younger brother Jack move to Alaska for 2 weeks to stay with their dad while he researches a book, Tee looks forward to discovering the Alaskan wilderness with her dog, Henry. She does not, however, expect to uncover a mystery, get stuck in a blizzard, and make a new friend. While taking a walk one day, Henry sees something in the bushes that spooks him, but all Tee sees is a shadow. Upon more investigation, and the help of an unlikely friend, Tee begins to research some of the history of sled dogs from the area, trying to determine to which sled dog the mysterious ghostly shadow belongs. When Tee, Jack, and her friend get stuck in an unexpected blizzard, help comes from an unlikely place. Although I am not so much a fan of ghost stories, I did find this one to be rather exciting and I got caught up in the history of Alaskan sled dogs and the peril the children find themselves in. Fans of dog stories and mysteries will enjoy this book. (208 pages)
Yeah, OK, so I know I just reviewed one of this series, but since Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors, and I enjoyed the first one so much, I moved right on to the second in the Ghosthunters series. Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost by Cornelia Funke (Lexile: 950; Interest Level: Grades 2-4) picks up the story of Tom and Hetty Hyssop (Tom's grandmother's best friend) and their new friend Hugo (the Averagely Spooky Ghost, or ASG, from the first book) as they start up a ghosthunting agency. Needing every tool at their disposal, and doing some very quick thinking, the trio visits a beachfront hotel that is haunted by a gruesome invincible lightning ghost (GILG) who has been turning the hotel guests into ghosts! Can the save the guests who are still people? What about the ones who are already ghosts? Learn a few more ghost-hunting tips with Tom and Hetty (and Hugo) as you follow this new adventure. Now, with a ghost on their side, the crazy fun of the first story continues! Again, those who want ghost stories that aren't too scary, or any kind of fun will enjoy this series! Look for the review of installment #3 coming soon! (121 pages)
In the first book in Cornelia Funke's Ghosthunters Series, nine-year-old Tom is being haunted by a gooey ghost in the basement of his parents' house. He can't figure out what to do about it, so he asks his grandmother's best friend, who turns out to be a famous Ghost Hunter. With his grandma's friend, he learns how to deal with the Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG) in the cellar, but what happens when the two of them meet the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (IRG) in town? In Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! (Lexile: 760; Interest Level: Grades 2-4), the reader will learn some ways to deal with ghosts, right along with Tom. This book is only a little spooky, even with the ghost theme, and it is HILARIOUS! I couldn't stop laughing as I read about Tom and his ghost. Anyone who enjoys funny stories will enjoy this series, and anyone who wants a ghost story that isn't really scary should check this one out. (144 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.