Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello Series #2)

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello Series #2)

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by Chris Grabenstein

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The much-anticipated New York Times bestselling puzzle-packed sequel to the award-winning Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!
Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympics! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it again!


The much-anticipated New York Times bestselling puzzle-packed sequel to the award-winning Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!
Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympics! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it again!
This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! Now it’s not just a game—can Mr. Lemoncello find the real defenders of books and champions of libraries? In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, the kids will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

“Discover the coolest library in the world.” —JAMES PATTERSON
“This action-packed sequel is sure to delight. Another winning love letter to libraries and librarians that is sure to leave readers looking at their own library in a new light.” —Booklist
“Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A successful blend of mystery, adventure, and suspense, with a sizable cast of characters, in a wholly satisfying sequel that easily stands alone.” —School Library Journal
“This sequel is just as much of an adventure as the first entry. Likable (as well as a few non-likable) characters, along with lots of action and quirky humor will lead kids to do just what libraries encourage them to do: keep reading.” —The Washington Post
Praise for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

“An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.” —Booklist, Starred
“A winner for readers and game-players alike.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
Nominated for 37 state lists and counting, including:
Arizona 2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award
Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
Georgia Children’s Book Award
Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award
Utah Beehive Book Award
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
Hawaii Nene Book Award
North Dakota Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award
New Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
Ohio Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award
Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award
Maine Student Book Award
South Carolina Children’s Book Award
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award
Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Kansas William Allen White Children’s Book Award
Virginia Reader’s Choice
Colorado Children’s Book Award
Children's Literature - Katie Engen
Just when you think it’s safe to go back to the library and do normal library things (like eat snacks in the Book Nook Café, use a hover ladder to swoop around the Rotunda Reading Room’s three-story-tall fiction bookshelves, or blast away in the arcade of the Electronic Learning Center) Mr. Lemoncello has launched the Library Olympics. In other words, summer vacation in Alexandriaville, Ohio, is NOT going as expected for library escape artist, gamer, and class clown, Kyle Keeley. Kyle expected to bask in a bit of fame while kicking it with his gang of puzzle-jockey pals who escaped with him during last summer’s Lemoncello Library lockdown. Instead, Kyle, Akimi (a super smartie), Miguel (a library geek), and Sierra (a bookworm) face a nation’s worth of Dewey decimal dilettantes challenging for the title of Library Olympians. As reigning champs and hometown heroes, Kyle’s posse automatically must vie against the other eleven teams. The twelve heart-racing, brain-bending Olympic challenges include the Library Cart Relay Race, a virtual pterodactyl race, the Battle of the Books, and a slew of Dewey decimal rebus puzzles. Of course there’s more than just the team competitions to manage. Under the guise of civic responsibility, last year’s sore loser, Charles Chiltington, and his mother’s League of Concerned Library Lovers connive to ruin Lemoncello and replace his library with a “normal” one. Then there’s a strange swirl of circumstances tempting Kyle’s main nemesis, Marjory Muldauer, to win at any cost (or at least get a 100%-guaranteed ticket to free college tuition). With slapstick humor, outrageous desserts, and a fierce loyalty to the power of libraries, the fast-paced finish solves some seriously tricky real-life puzzles as competitors and conspirators discover how to become compatriots in the fight for the freedom of knowledge. Sequel to Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Reviewer: Katie Engen; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—After receiving a million requests from fellow book lovers, billionaire game maker Luigi Lemoncello launches a Library Olympics open to kids all over the country to challenge the reigning literature-loving champions of Alexandria, OH. The sequel to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Random, 2013) pits teams of four middle schoolers from seven different geographical regions against the reigning hometown favorites, led by Kyle Keeley. The games feature a duodecimalthon of 12 challenging library-related games, from solving Dewey-related rebus puzzles to identifying banned books, all taking place in the ultra-modern, technologically advanced Lemoncello Library. The grand prize is an all-expenses paid college scholarship, plus bragging rights. Before long, however, mysterious events threaten to jeopardize the Olympics and the library itself—books are disappearing from the shelves, and some groups or individuals may be to blame, as not everyone is a fan of the sparkling new library. Kyle and his teammates must band together with the rival teams to outwit those intent on bringing Lemoncello and the library down. Dewey Decimal aficionados, bibliophiles, and gamers will all find something to savor while trying to decipher the clues in this fast-paced sequel. At the end of the book, Grabenstein challenges kids to find quotes from banned books within the novel and to read the extensive list of titles mentioned throughout the story. VERDICT This is a successful blend of mystery, adventure, and suspense, with a sizable cast of characters, in a wholly satisfying sequel that easily stands alone.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Can the hometown champions defeat teams from around the country in a new contest at Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic library? Responding to millions of requests, the visionary library-builder organizes a new competition, a "duodecimalthon" of 12 library-related games. The action in this engaging sequel begins slowly with a stage-setting introduction of the characters and the incredible library in Alexandria, Ohio, for readers who didn't devour Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (2013). But once the contestants have gathered and the Olympics-styled games begin, puns, puzzles, and book references come thick and fast. Suspense builds: Mr. Lemoncello's dream is in danger, and Kyle Keeley and his eighth-grade teammates have formidable rivals. This celebration of libraries, librarians, books, and the right to read doesn't quite have the exuberance of the first, perhaps because it is so carefully constructed to make the author's point. But it has characters with encyclopedic knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System and popular children's books, and it has Mr. Lemoncello's lavish costumes, inventive games, and beyond state-of-the-art technology. The plot twists and turns before the appropriately satisfying end. Grabenstein obligingly provides a long list of good books to read (mentioned in the text) and challenges readers to find the sources of the quotations from banned books embedded in the narrative. Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Mr. Lemoncello Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Island of Dr. Libris, as well as Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel, coming in October 2016. He is also the coauthor of several bestselling series with James Patterson, including I Funny, Treasure Hunters, and House of Robots. Chris enjoys reading books—even when they’re banned. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, two cats, and a dog named Fred. Visit him online at, and follow him on Facebook or on Twitter at @cgrabenstein.

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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I just would recomend getting the physical book because it is actually cheaper than a nook book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished he book and not only is it a great sequel but it was also just a great read in genarel
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
FTC Disclosure: I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. However, I also ordered three copies for my library and and a finished copy for myself. And that should tell you how this review is going to go. I love this book even more than I loved Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. I know my students will love it too. I've begun reading the book to the third graders when they come for library lessons. They can't decide if they want me to slow down so they can savor the story or if they want to speed up because the story is so engaging. Any reader who loves Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will love this book. This is one of those books that just makes you feel good. There are plenty of puzzles to solve and plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. And of course I love all the book and Dewey Decimal references. Even kids who think the library is boring (gasp! yes there are a few of those out there) will love this book! It is a must for any elementary library or classroom collection. It's good for adults, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Mr.Lemencello the escape from the library so I think this will be super
Anonymous 7 months ago
Best book
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
When kids all around the world feel cheated that they weren't able to participate in the Mr. Lemoncello's games at the Library, he opened up a Library Olympics for all children all over the place to take the chance to beat his library game. Kyle Keeley is still feeling the grips of being a winner, he just now feels devastated to try and beat smart, Library loving kids from all over the globe. But Kyle finds out fast that it is not just the kids he needs to beat. There are parents and adults that are now coming around and causing havoc, not liking nor enjoying the concept of having games at a Library. It is unethical and needs to be stop!!! Really people?!?! Libraries is about finding what you like and express yourself freely about it as well as games. So why not put the two items together? Apparently some parents don't feel like that is ideal for this community and they will try anything to stop Mr. Lemoncello and his Library Olympics from happening. Literally anything. Another amazing book by Mr. Grabenstein about Libraries, children, gaming and how to fit all of them together and still have amazing fun while learning about literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read I read the 1st book ! I like ballons :) too! I really want to reaf it but it is to much money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. That was a good suprise at the end, but don' t take my word for it. READ IT!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very, very, very suprising book. Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GAME LOVERS!!!!!!!!! I know you will want to do this because I am one to I also like the dewy decimals