Kyle Keeley comes from a family of gamers. Not just video games, either...board games too. And in Kyle's opinion, the king of the game makers is none other than Mr. Luigi Lemoncello of Lemoncello's Imagination Factory. Too bad Kyle isn't as interested in school as he is in games! His friend Akimi has to remind him on the school bus that he was supposed to write an essay on why he is excited about the new public library. The old public library had been torn down 12 years ago, and now there is a contest asking the 12 year olds of the town to write about the new library. The winners of the contest will be able to participate in a library lock in before the space is opened to the public. Kyle furiously scribbles his half hearted essay on an extra piece of paper on the bus ride to school.
Kyle is soon kicking himself about his lack of effort on the essay as he soon finds out that Mr. Lemoncello himself is going to judge the essay contest since he is one of the new library's biggest benefactors. But here's the thing about Kyle -- he's not a kid who gives up and he finds a way to write a better essay and he tries to get it to Mr. Lemoncello himself.
Imagine everyone's surprise when Kyle is one of the 12 chosen for the library lock-in.
What follows is a wonderful ode to all things library. Cool state of the art gadgets, crazy technology, and all kinds of clues will keep book lovers glued to the pages once the 12 12 year olds realize that this isn't any old library lock in. Lemoncello is Wonka personified, and the title dropping is a hoot. All of the ideas wouldn't work without Grabenstein's tightly written prose and vivid descriptions. This is a great book that I cannot wait to get into the hands of my book lovers come the start of school.