Confession time:  Life just got a whole lot busier in our household.

My family and I recently found out that we will be moving from Kansas to the DC Metro Area.  Securing housing and preparing for the move have taken WAY more time than I anticipated, so I apologize for being so late on this set of notes.  The good news is that I have read further ahead in the book, so I should be able to publish the next notes very quickly (as in, tonight or tomorrow).

Trust me….I’ve heard about it.  My daughter is SO excited about the Mr. Lemoncello books that she has made it all the way to the third book before I post this next round of notes.  She was CONSTANTLY asking me about them…until she wasn’t.  I think she gave up on me :).

I have been contemplating how to get book notes out faster, and I think there is a simple answer….

…Cut the summary.

I know the summary is nice for us adults as we talk about the book, to refresh our memory on what has happened.  Unfortunately, it takes much longer to write than the notes themselves.  In the interest of time and to get the notes out faster, I think I need to cut it.  I highly suggest asking your child if they remember what happened in the book before renewing the notes.  It’s a good gateway to discussing the book, and it’s also interesting to see what details your child remembered and which ones you remembered.  My daughter and I often jog each other’s memory.

Without further ado,  here are the discussion questions for Chapters 11-20

Chapters 11- 20 Discussion Questions

  •  What kind of special door was the front door of the Library?  Why did Mr. Lemoncello use this kind of door on the Library?
    • Possible Answers:  The front door was the door from the old Gold Leaf Bank’s walk-in vault.  Mr. Lemoncello used a bank door to commemorate a moment from his childhood.  When he was 12, there was a robbery at the bank. Police car sirens raced past the library, but Mr. Lemoncello didn’t hear them because he was so “lost in his thoughts.”  Mr. Lemoncello wants the doors to represent that “Our thoughts are safe when they are inside a library.”
  • What is the Dewey Decimal System?
    • According to Wikipedia:  “The Dewey Decimal System is a way to put books in order by subject. It is often used in public libraries and schools in the United States and other countries. It places the books on the shelf by subject using numbers from 000 to 999. It is called “decimal” because it uses numbers to the right of the decimal point for more detail (e.g. 944.1 for History of Brittany). Each subject has its own group of numbers. The system was created by Melvil Dewey in 1876.Each subject is broken up into 10 smaller, more specific categories.
  • What was the first game the contestants played?  Who won?  What did he/she win?
    • Possible Answers:  The first game the contestants played was a version of Mr. Lemoncello’s classic trivia games, “Hurry to the Top of the Heap.”  It sounds very similar to Trivial Pursuit.  Charles Chitlington won, and his prize was a golden key granting him access to Mr. Lemoncello’s private bedroom on the third floor of the Library.  
  • Was Charles Chitlington a good winner or a poor winner?  Does he act the way he does around everyone, or does he hide it from some people?
    • Possible answers:  Charles Chitlington was a poor winner.  When he won, he turned to the other kids and said, “I’m a Chitlington.  We never lose.”  Although he treats all the kids poorly, he puts on a show in front of adults. He tries to act kind and respectful around the adults, but he’ll act mean to the kids as soon as the adults aren’t listening.
  • How did Sierra Russell get a book from the top shelf of the bookcase? Would you have liked to try that system?
    • Possible Answers:  Mr. Lemoncello built a electromagnetic book lift in his library.  You walked onto a platform and secured your legs into locks that looked like ski boots.  Then, you inputted the call number of the book you wanted, and the book lift would climb the bookshelf and take you to your book automatically.
  • How did Kyle find the dessert first?
    • Possible answers:  He listened carefully to the instructions.  While everyone else was busy trying to “do” something to win, Kyle thought about everything that Dr. Zinchenko had told them.  He remembered her saying that the Book Nook Cafe was “the one room in the library where…food and drinks are actually allowed.”  Hence, it was the ONLY place in the library where dessert could be hiding– right in plain sight.
  • What will the kids win if they are the first to escape from the library?  Do you think Mr. Lemoncello should have told the kids and parents about the contest up front?
    • Possible Answers:  The winner will become the “face” of the new library and will appear in all commercials, TV, radio, print, billboards, and on other marketing materials during the holiday season.  Essentially, the winner becomes famous.
  • Would you stay and play the Library Escape Game?  Why or why not?

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