Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. Random House, 2016.

I've just finished the sequel to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library called  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. Lots of people all over the US Thought they could do better than team Kyle, so Mr. Lemoncello declared a rematch. Each region (Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, and Pacific) held contests and training courses and finally selected their four competitors. After Kyle, one of the Hometown Heroes, watched videos of the other competitors he started to feel queasy about the upcoming library Olympics. When the Olympics come, the Hometown Heroes start getting caught in ties with the Midwest team. After a close competition and a squirrel book mystery, one of the teams wins!

I loved this book especially the fast pace of it, and it's one of the best sequels I've read.

If you liked the first book in the series, then you need to read this. It isn't as much of a mystery as the first book, so you shouldn't read it if you want a big mystery.

The Tin Snail

Cameron McAllistar, The Tin Snail: The Little Car that Won a War. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2016.

The Tin Snail is a relatively new book, so you may not find it in your local library.

It's set in France and about a boy named Angelo. His father is a well known car designer. He makes a hit car at the '38 auto show, then his career goes downhill (in a car, of course).  He decides to take a vacation to the French countryside to try to come up with another hit. In the process, he makes a bet with the mayor to make a at that can carry: 

                              A farmer, 
                               His wife,
                            Two dozen eggs,
                       A flagon (bottle) of wine,
                            And two chickens.

(This was a big idea! At the time, only rich people had cars.) Then a war breaks out (World War II) and provides a major obstacle, as the Nazis try to find the car and Angelo's mother gets stuck in Italy. 

I can't give away the ending, so you'll have to read it yourself.

I loved the entire book! I had no idea that the French tried to make a people's car.(The book makes me feel sad it wasn't as successful as VW's Beetle.)

If you like historical books or books with lots of suspense and adventure, then you'll love this book. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (see my review of that too) is another suspenseful book you might like too.

The Penderwicks

Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Yearling Books, 2007.

The Penderwicks is about a family of four girls, (from oldest) Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Elizabeth (Batty). Their Dad is a renowned botany professor. They decide to take a special vacation to a little summer home right next to a manor, instead of their usual cottage in Maine.  While they're staying at the vacation home, they get caught up in family business of the people who live in the manor. They also make friends with the neighbor's son, Jeffrey. As they get to know the lady better, they grow to like her less and less, and when they learn Jeffrey has to go to military school, they can't bear it any longer, and work together to stop Jeffrey from going to military school.

If I went any longer I would give away the ending, and trust me, you don't want that to happen.

I loved this book and there are two more in the series that are just as awesome as this one.

If you like thrills, action, and suspense throughout the book, this is the book for you!