By: Chris Grabenstein
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House
Published: 01 Apr 2015
ISBN: 9780857988256


Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy's spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on.

Besides the security cameras everywhere, there's Dr. Libris's private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake.

The clash of swords.

The twang of arrows.

Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It's almost as if the stories he's reading are coming to life!

But that's impossible . . . isn't it?


Without any electronic gadgets, including a T.V, Billy decides that he may as well start reading some of the books that are in the vast library of the strange Dr. Libris, who owns the cabin that he and his mum are staying in for the summer.

What Billy thinks is going to be a boring holiday, turns into anything but! He gets far more than he bar-gained for when he opens the books. He must be imagining the noises coming from the island in the middle of the lake.

Together with his new friend Walter, they embark on a fabulous adventure. But is it real? How can characters such as Hercules and Robin

Hood all come to life? And how much danger are they really now in?

This is a very fast, busy book, that will keep you thinking and guessing how and what is going to happen next and it will have your imagination running wild!

It is a perfect way to introduce the students to the classic novels that appear throughout the book, and will hopefully have them wanting to read them. A complete list of these is included at the back of the book.

Both boys and girls, 8 up will love this adventure.

Reviewed by Sam