Today marked the first meeting of our MCBA Recess Book Club! Twenty fourth and fifth graders and Mrs. Visocchi stopped by the library during recess to talk about our first MCBA-nominated selection, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.
We talked about how research can be a lot like a scavenger hunt- you find a topic, look for clues in your library materials, and keep searching for more information. We agreed that when you find a topic you are really interested in, you want to keep learning as much as you can about that subject, which makes research a lot of fun, just like it turned out to be for the kids trying to find their way out of Mr. Lemoncello's library.
We also discussed who played Mr. Lemoncello's game the best. The general consensus was that Kyle Keeley and Haley Daley were probably the best players because they were willing to work with their team to get the information they needed. We also pretty much unanimously thought that Charles Chillington and Andrew Peckerman were the weakest players- Charles tried to double cross and bully his way through the game, and Andrew followed Charles way too closely, which ultimately sealed his fate in the game.
Our readers also liked that the books chapters were written from the points of view of each of the game players. They said it helped build suspense and gave us insight into what the characters were thinking. We also loved the references to different library terms and famous books that we found in the book.
I am so pleased with today's turnout and how much our readers loved this book! They all said they enjoyed the book and would recommend it to a friend. We are also very excited for the sequel, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, which comes out January 6th!
We are looking forward to our next meeting, Monday, November 30th, where we will discuss Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.