Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

288p. Random. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553536065.
POPGr 3–6—Eccentric billionaire game maker Luigi Lemoncello is back with all-new games and contraptions. In his ultramodern, high-tech library, Lemoncello unveils his newest creation, the Nonfictionator, which is capable of generating historical holograms, including Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt, who then converse with library patrons. Kyle Keeley, Akimi, and the other young contestants are back in this third installment facing their greatest challenge yet—the Great Library Race. Teams of contestants must travel by bookmobile and Mr. Lemoncello's private jet as they discover clues about historical figures such as Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. When Kyle's team unearths evidence that suggests that the title character is a fraud who stole the ideas for his blockbuster games, it is up to the young sleuths to learn the truth before Lemoncello's empire and library are ruined. Lemoncello's nemesis game rivals, the Krinkle brothers, along with a slew of other nefarious characters, try to mastermind an evil takeover. Fans will embrace this new entry, which, like the previous books, features lightning-fast pacing and zany plotlines. Educators will be pleased by the emphasis on careful research and fact-checking.
VERDICT Chock-full of literary references, this title will have readers racing to pick up the next volume in this popular series.

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