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Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 3

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids battle fake-news-posting villains in exciting episode.

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Maybe the best Lemoncello yet, with a gripping plot, wild inventions, sneaky villains, and clever tweens who put aside their differences and pool their talents to save their hero and his library. Author Chris Grabenstein is in top form as he packs the story with book references, problem-solving challenges, loony pronouncements by the wacky Mr. Lemoncello -- and, along the way, a detailed how-to for examining that internet news story you just read to see if it's real or fake, and who's trying to make you believe it. Sometimes, as the story teaches a skill or warns of a hazard, it adds a message or two on the side, as here, where one of the kids has a personal reason for knowing hasty generalizations are a bad idea:

"'Please,' said Abia. 'I beg of you: Do not go there.'

"'Go where?' said Elliott, sounding defensive.

"'Holding everybody in the state of Missouri responsible for the acts of two creepy old men.'

"'But it makes sense,' said Diane.

"'In the same way that it makes sense for the airport security screeners to give my father extra scrutiny every time he flies because his skin is brown and his first name is Muhammad?'"

Book Details

  • Author: Chris Grabenstein
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Adventures, Friendship, History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: October 10, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: May 9, 2019

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