Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Library of Ever, by Zeno Alexander
Each step of the way, her challenges grow harder and harder, and she finds herself penguins and ant colonies, going into outer space, and rescuing lost kittens. Through it all, Lenora cleverly subdues her foes. But the final challenge is the scariest of them all: facing off to the Forces of Darkness (as represented by the Board of Trustees) who are trying to remove books from libraries and promote "profitable" libraries. She must prove that she has what it takes to be a librarian and a defender of the library's motto, "Knowledge is a Light."
It is a fairly silly middle reader with a not-so-subtle message about the value of libraries and freedom of the press. Things get a bit over-the-top at the climax but it all makes sense in the end, in a poignant way. I enjoyed the book but it won't take you long to get through it. I read it in just over two hours.