Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

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A New York Times Bestseller

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an ...

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

"Pick up Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library for your kids to discover the coolest library in the world." —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Librarians and English teachers will happily recommend this adventurous romp from Grabenstein (the Riley Mack books), which pays playful homage to books and libraries while engaging readers in a fast-paced competition involving research and reasoning skills. Twelve seventh-graders win a chance to spend an overnight lock-in previewing their town’s new public library—it’s a marvel of technological delights conceived by Luigi Lemoncello, the Willy Wonkalike founder of Mr. Lemoncello’s Imagination Factory, which is a source for every kind of game imaginable. During the lock-in the winners, who include game-lover Kyle Keeley and a group of multicultural classmates with a mix of aptitudes and interests, are offered a further challenge: “Find your way out of the library using only what’s in the library.” The winner will become spokesperson for the Imag-ination Factory. Book lovers will relish the lavish sprinkling of book titles and references while puzzle fans will enjoy figuring out the clues. A lighthearted parody of reality survival shows, the book reinvigorates the debate over the Dewey Decimal system and traditional library skills while celebrating teamwork, perseverance, and clever wits. Ages 9–12. Agent: Eric Myers, the Spieler Agency. (June)
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A New York Times Bestseller

Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2013:
“An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2013:

"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at and references to children’s book titles, this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike."

"Pick up Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library for your kids to discover the coolest library in the world." —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library...is fantastic. It is one of the best books I've read, ever, and that is saying something because I am a librarian. The game, gaining understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, all the name dropping, or should I say, title dropping of so many other great books that will encourage the kids to read more, and more and more . . . it all works. I will recommend it to children and adults alike. It is that good." —Julie Forbus, Madison Public Library

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Puzzle oriented readers will race to their libraries after reading this book. If they are lucky, those libraries will offer as much mind tickling adventure as the library the wealthy and eccentric Mr. Lemoncello built. This famous gamemaker has devoted five years and many millions of dollars to building his hometown a new library. Twelve lucky students are chosen to receive the first library cards. The recipients will spend opening night at a lock-in at the library. The winning students are reminiscent of the golden ticket holders in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Among them are Kyle and his best friends Akimi and Miguel. The lock-in is a living version of one of Mr. Lemoncello's puzzling games. As the students unravel the clues, the game brings out the best and worst in the children. Don't expect this book to spend much time on the shelf. After bringing the mystery to a satisfying conclusion, the author leaves a note to readers. There is another puzzle from the story that has not been solved in the summation. The author challenges readers to find which puzzle it is and to solve it. This is sure to send many readers back for a second reading. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Bibliophiles unite! Melvil Dewey is alive and well and residing within Mr. Lemoncello's new library. Billionaire game-maker Luigi Lemoncello wants to pay homage to his childhood library by constructing a technological marvel in his hometown that went without a library for 12 years. He invites a dozen 12-year-olds to a lock-in at the new building, and when they arrive they find the eccentric game-maker has offered them a further challenge-if they can find their way out using only what's in the library-they will become the new spokesperson for Mr. Lemoncello's company. Kyle Keeley teams up with other students as unlikely alliances form, some children's true (not so nice) personalities emerge, and suspense builds while the kids enlist the aid of Mr. Lemoncello's childhood librarian, an Electronic Learning center, and book clues and references galore. The story feels like a cross between a reality show, an online game, and a tightly woven mystery. Dewey Decimal clues will hook librarians and teachers, while book lovers will delight at myriad references from Mr. Lemoncello, such as, "And now, I must return to my side of the mountain… I have great expectations for you all!" Book and game lovers alike will delve into this delicious tale and put on their thinking caps.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews
When a lock-in becomes a reality game, 12-year-old Kyle Keeley and his friends use library resources to find their way out of Alexandriaville's new public library. The author of numerous mysteries for children and adults turns his hand to a puzzle adventure with great success. Starting with the premise that billionaire game-maker Luigi Lemoncello has donated a fortune to building a library in a town that went without for 12 years, Grabenstein cleverly uses the tools of board and video games--hints and tricks and escape hatches--to enhance this intricate and suspenseful story. Twelve 12-year-old winners of an essay contest get to be the first to see the new facility and, as a bonus, to play his new escape game. Lemoncello's gratitude to the library of his childhood extends to providing a helpful holographic image of his 1968 librarian, but his modern version also includes changing video screens, touch-screen computers in the reading desks and an Electronic Learning Center as well as floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stretching up three stories. Although the characters, from gamer Kyle to schemer Charles Chiltington, are lightly developed, the benefits of pooling strengths to work together are clear. Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at and references to children's book titles, this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike. (Mystery. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307931474
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 202
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 New York Times Bestseller I FUNNY. Winner of one Anthony and three Agatha Awards for his spooky and funny Haunted Mystery series, Chris has written over twenty books, a stage play, scripts for Jim Henson's Muppets, and the CBS-TV movie The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver. A former advertising executive and improvisational comedian, he lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Amazing, Amazing, So Amazingly Awesome!!!

    This book is five stars all the way! My langauge arts teachers read this aloud to us at school and I absolutely loved it! Very quirky, funny and well written, with expertly dropped hints and clues for readers to puzzle out on their own.
    When seventh grader Kyle Keeley hears about the new library opening up in his hometown of Alexandria, Ohio, he is not very impressed. In fact, he decides not to enter the library lock-in essay contest at all- until his best friend Akimi mentions that Luigi Lemoncello, Kyle's favorite game creator, is behind the new library. Then, Kyle hurries to scramble up an essay to win the contest. The contest: the twelve students who write the best essays get to spend the night in Mr. Lemoncello's library. And when Kyle and Akimi are two of the twelve students selected, they're in for an adventure worthy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Night In the Muesum. Because when they wake up, the doors out of the library are locked. What follows is a super fun contest of wits, as Kyle, Akimi, and ten other seventh graders scramble to find the clues and piece them together to try and find the way out of the library.
    I think the best part of reading this book was afterward we had a skype session with the author! We had a contest in my class similar to the contest in the book: We had to write an essay saying why we should be able to talk to the author. Twelve students were selected to be pulled out of class to Skype with Chris Grabenstein himself! I was pleasantly surprised to be selected as one of the students to talk to Mr. Grabenstein as I am a huge fan of this book! I would recommend this to anyone, especially fans of reading mystery books! Even if you don't think you will like it, just pick it up and try!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Amazing!

    If you liked the story 'The Candymakers', and if you just happen to have a love for books, then this amazing story is for you.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    My teachers reading this aloud to us and it is soooooo good!

    You should definitely read this

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Awesome book!

    Great book with lots of suspense!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Chris Grabenstein has done it again. This book is aimed at young

    Chris Grabenstein has done it again. This book is aimed at younger readers (YA in library jargon) yet the books works at all levels for an adult reader. Mr. Lemoncello has built and designed a library for the children of his hometown. Working with books and technology it is a very unique place. There are holograms and a "wonder dome", flat screen tvs and computers. When there is a challenge for the 7th grade class to be the first to visit the library a small group wins time in the library. The twist is that they can get in, but it is much harder to get out. The one who does win also gets some amazing prizes.

    Kyle Keeley enters and wins along with several other 7th graders. There are puzzles and scavenger hunts and a very strict set of rules.

    I loved this book and plan on reading it again soon. The first time through i was hurrying to follow the clues so need to spend some time savoring the writing that defines Chris Grabenstein.

    Much as I love his Ceepak books I must admit, I also look forward to his books for younger readers almost as much.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    To sooooo good

    I am a game lover not a book lover

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Looks Good!

    OMG! This looks so good!<3:);)

    ~Cameron

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    I haven't read this yet, but his other books are amazing and ful

    I haven't read this yet, but his other books are amazing and full of details and awesome events, so I bet this'll be awesome as well. Plus, he's been writing this for a while and even had contests in which people could be characters in his book. The contest was two years ago, so he must have been writing it very detailed and with really good mysteries to figure out.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Mr lemoncellos libary

    It is like a night in a musem but better

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    This is a great book for people who like to solve puzzles.

    You really should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    I hope this is a very good Book! I'm reading it next.

    I hope it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    :)

    Cool! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    I'm Mr.Leminseo

    I'm Mr. Leminseo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Read the book if you haven't

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Good book

    Reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is an AMAZING book and didnt want to put it down. I totally hope that there will be a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    FIVE STARS

    This book was very fun and intresting. I loved it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Anonymous

    I LOVE this book. I would defenetely recomend it to any one who like libraries, reading , and board/video games . It kept me to the edge of my seat and I wished I could make myself ink and go to that library it sounds like the kind of place I would never want to leave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    5 STAR BOOK MUST READ!

    Great book if you like night at the museum and charlie and the chocolate factory. Good for young readers that love adventure and mystery books! I think it was great book that i read in a quick 1 day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Love

    I love this book d my friend loves it too. You should read it.

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