Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

by Chris Grabenstein

May not be in JES library (Relatively new book)

Genre(s): Science fiction, adventure, but mostly mystery.

This book is about a boy named Kyle Keeley who wins a contest, with his prize being a library lock-in overnight. 11 other students win as well, which is relevant as you read along. The library is full of high-tech computers and video cameras. It even includes smell-vision in the electronic learning center! The concept of smell-vision is that the video game releases the smell realistic to what is in that video game. A man by the name of Mr. Lemoncello is behind all of this, spending 500 million dollars on the project. Mr. Lemoncello is the Bill Gates of everything entertainment. He makes a game out of this library. The purpose of this game is to show the kids how useful and fun the library can be. The way the game worked was that the kids were racing to get out of the library by using the library’s resources. This book teaches you the fundamentals of the normal library, and also keeps you entertained.

I would recommend this book to people who like a very action packed book. This book is very eventful and crazy. It is a mix of science fiction, mystery, and adventure. You do not need to have a strong vocabulary arsenal to read this book. It would be a great book for read-aloud!

DC Former Mascatello

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to our Jamestown readers and to a few former Jamestown students who are still reading our blog!

What are you reading these days?  I am currently listening to a book on CD as I drive to and from work:  The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, written by Maryrose Wood.  It was recommended to me by a current (and former) Jamestown student.  It is quite funny and makes my commute seem a lot less tedious.

Do you like listening to books on CD?  Do you thing listening to books is the same thing as reading them?

Books That Take You Somewhere Great

I’m back from my travels.  Maine was beautiful (and a lot cooler!) – I can see how Maine is an inspiration for so many authors and illustrators.  E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, lived in Maine.  And don’t forget Blueberries for Sal!

I just finished reading two books for adults, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, which takes place in Seattle, Washington and Let the Great World Spin, which takes place in New York City.  Both of these books transported me to somewhere great.

Maine, Seattle, New York City.  Have your ever read a book that has taken you somewhere great?  Let me know in the comments below!

Ms. B.



Whatcha Readin’?

We are about three weeks into summer break and I have already tackled some of the books on my “To Be Read” pile.  One of the funniest books I’ve read so far is the first book in a new series.  Even though the series is new, however, many of you know the main character of the book…he’s round, he lives with a man named Mr. Bing, and his name is Arnie.  Can you guess who this new book is about?  The answer will be revealed in my next post, unless you leave the answer in the comments below!

I will soon be leaving for my yearly vacation on a remote island off of the coast of Maine.  If you could take only ONE book with you to a remote island, what book would it be?

Please leave your answer in the comment section below!

Enjoy the next week and keep reading!


Ms. B.


Get Ready for Summer!

Welcome to the Jamestown Read It, Write It! Summer Program!

For our summer Read It, Write It program, I will be asking a question each week of summer.  Jamestown parents, Jamestown students from all grades (yes, fifth graders going on to middle school are included!), teachers and staff can comment on the question.  Our hope is to continue sharing our reading experiences with each other by writing about them.

This means the “Book Recommendation” tab will be inactive (until next year, rising fifth graders) and all “posts” will be made in the comments section.  Remember to practice good digital citizenship by using initials, NEVER posting as someone else, and writing in complete sentences (academic versus social writing).  Let’s try this out.

Our first prompts of the summer are…

Rising 3-5 students:  Do you enjoy reading in the summer time?  Do you feel that summer reading is different from reading that you do during the school year?  Why or why not?

Rising K-2 students:  Do you like to read or be read to during the summer?  Who helps you choose the books you read during the summer?  

Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Genre(s):  Adventure, Historical fiction

Jamie always wanted to go to war. Since her father is the Colonel, war is her best friend. Ever since she was a little girl she would always play war with her big brother TJ, with little green army men. Now her dream came true but for TJ. Through when it comes right down to it, does she really want TJ fighting for his life?

I recommend this book for forth and fifth graders. To read adventure and war right up in your face!

AC Mayer

Book Trailers – What Are They Good For?

Ms. Esanu over at the Oakridge Reads! blog asked her students about the purpose of book trailers.  First she asked them to view the trailer for The Infinity Ring.

Watch the trailer here and think about…who is the trailer for?  Who created the trailer?

After watching the book trailer, answer three quick questions on Padlet by double clicking on the link to get to the bulletin board, then double-clicking to add your comment.

Thank you, Ms. Esanu for making us think!

Reminder ~ Your Recommendations, Your Words

Just a friendly reminder that all recommendations submitted for posting to the blog must be in your own words.  Blurbs from the back of books, the inside flaps, other review websites or blogs, and/or magazines may not be used, especially if you are using them without crediting the original source.  Using the words of others without crediting the original source is considered plagiarism, something we *definitely* want to avoid at all costs!

Besides, your opinion and summary of the book is awesomer anyway! : )

Keep reading and recommending!

~Ms. Blaine

Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

by Clare Vanderpool

F Van

Genre(s):  Historical fiction, mystery

Abilene Tucker is a southern girl living with her father in the 1930’s, hopping trains everywhere they live. But when Abilene’s father gets a railroad job in Iowa, she is sent to live with an old friend in her father’s hometown; Manifest, Kansas. Abilene aims to learn more about her father when he was growing up. But when she finds a mysterious cigar box full of relics and a strange note mentioning a spy called the “Rattler” when her father was living in Manifest, things start to get strange. And when Abilene follows the “Path to Perdition” to the strangest lady in Manifests’ house and learns the story of the relics and who her father was as a boy, Abilene feels that Manifest may hold stronger secrets then there seems to be.

I would recommend this book to grades 5-7. Anybody who really loves mystery and historical fiction will love this book, as it is set during the Depression.

ER McVey