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Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
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
Posted October 25, 2013
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!
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Posted September 7, 2013
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.
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Posted June 30, 2013
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.
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Posted June 27, 2013
Posted December 11, 2014
Okay so we have Battle of the Books at my school and this was one of the books on the list so I read it. I thought it would be boring by hearing the title. Then I started reading it and I was like Wow. Now I love it so much!!!!!!
Not to brag but our computers teacher set up a skype with Chris Grabinstien and it was awsome. I learnd his dog's name is Fred and his cat's name is TigerLilly. I also got to see his office. I love love love this book.
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