The Library of Ever
The Library of Ever

The Library of Ever

by Zeno Alexander

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The Library of Ever 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lghiggins 7 days ago
Lenora is a rich, privileged, eleven year old, cared for by a nanny in the absence of her vacationing, neglectful parents. With a nanny absorbed by shopping and tech devices, Lenora is understandably bored, but that changes quickly when she escapes the nanny’s unwatchful eye in the LIBRARY. To her delight, she is hired to work there. What follows is a series of magical librarian adventures. With each one of them, Lenora proves her worth and advances from Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian up through the ranks. The adventures are fun and scary in this amazing library created by Zeno Alexander in The Library of Ever. Lenora is set on tasks by Malachi, the Chief Answerer, and she bravely confronts the Forces of Darkness who want to destroy Light in the world by destroying knowledge. The scary features are appropriate to Middle Grade readers with transporting by tubes, shrinking and unshrinking, dark caverns, holes that suddenly appear, evil men in bowler hats who can chill a room, and robots with spinning swords for arms. There are lighter moments too. Lenora becomes a cat in a diorama to rescue a lost kitten. Lenora is ever helpful, for as a librarian that is her job. Her good deeds include resettling a colony of penguins and helping a kindly robot find a lost memory. The plot moves quickly from adventure to adventure and is an appropriate length for Middle Grade readers. As an adult reader I enjoyed it too, smiling over antics and anticipating each new adventure along with each promotion for Apprentice Librarian Lenora who has always enjoyed the adventures to be found in books. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Suzanne Costner 4 months ago
What is a girl to do when her parents are off on a trip to Europe and have left her in the care of a nanny who spends all her time visiting her own friends and dragging her charge along like excess luggage? Well, Lenora waits for the right moment and then makes a break for it. Being a smart girl our protagonist makes her move while they are at the library (so the nanny can check out a book to show off to her friends). As she searches for the children's section, Lenora encounters a strange arch that leads her to the ultimate library. When she is made the "fourth assistant apprentice librarian," her adventures really begin. Between helping patrons from the future, rescuing stranded penguins, finding lost kittens, and other amazing help desk assignments, Lenora encounters menacing figures in bowler hats who seem intent on preventing patrons from using the library. The head librarian, Malachi, tells her these characters are the "Forces of Darkness" and have always been around. Holding to the belief that "Knowledge is Light," Lenora does her best to fight the insidious actions of the dark. As she tells two of the figures when they point out she is just a child, "I'm also a librarian. And I'm not going to hide the truth from anyone." Lenora's research into patron queries will have readers learning about Leap Day and Leap Years, the tallest mountain in the world, the ancient Egyptian goddess Bast, and tardigrades. They will also encounter robots, beluga whales, ant colonies, and various other wonders that will spark interest in new and exciting subjects to research for themselves. This middle grade tale is a good match for fans of The Ninja Librarians by Jen Swann Downey, or readers who enjoy books about books such as Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library or The Book Scavenger.
yzermandy 4 months ago
The Library of Ever was an amazing book! It is about a girl, Lenora, and her adventure around the Library of Ever. It all starts when Lenora goes to the library with her nanny. Lenora gets bored and starts to wander around the children's section. While in the children's section she bumped heads with a small boy and a librarian with a bowler hat. The man is telling the boy he can not go into the biology section because it would ruin his thoughts, and then the story really begins. Lenora finds a door to the Library of Ever, goes in it, and her librarian adventures begin. She meets Malachi, Bendigeidfran; from Starpoint Seventeen; ants, penguins, and last but not least... ghosts! This book is a fun adventure. Most of the details were easily imaginable and makes you wonder if most libraries you can go to are like The Library of Ever (that would definitely be a cool adventure)! It was fairly fast paced and made it tough to put the book down. The one difficult thing in the book was how to pronounce some names, for example, Bendigeidfran. It might be cool to have a spot in the front or back of the book with pronunciations/phonetic spelling to help kids sound out the names, however, that really didn't hinder the appeal of the book. Overall, the book was very very good!! The book was written with good visual descriptions and is very interesting. This book should definitely be read by anyone (all ages, really). At the very end of the story it hints that Lenora will be back and hopefully it is true. There should be more books in this series so people can continue to read about Lenora's adventures!! Thank you to NetGalley, the author (Zeno Alexander), and publisher (Macmillan Publishers) for providing this advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is exactly the kind of book I would have absolutely adored as a child, and I still loved it as an adult! Lenora is bored, bored, bored - stuck with a dull and inattentive nanny while her parents are off traveling and probably having all kinds of adventures without her. She spends all day every day being dragged from place to place as the nanny runs errands and visits all kinds of boring people, until one day, the nanny finally says something interesting: we're going to the library! Only to pick up one book so that she can impress an acquaintance, but nevertheless it shouldn't be that hard to disappear for awhile and have some real fun in the kids' section! In a surprising turn of events, the halls Lenora remembers don't take her right to the Children's section, but rather to an archway that leads to the Library of Ever, a mazelike place holding all the knowledge in the world. There, Lenora promptly runs into the Chief Answerer, Malachi, and is subsequently hired and assigned the position of "Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian" at the young age of 11. Throughout this book you'll find adventures involving the year 8000, strange men in dark suits and bowler hats, hot air balloons, kittens, and more. I loved the imagination of the author and imagining for myself what such a library would even look like, and was definitely entertained throughout Lenora's fast-paced adventures. Recommended for all lovers of libraries and adventures!
LHill2110 4 months ago
A brilliantly imaginative story combining history, science, and the importance of knowledge into a children’s adventure story centered around the most impressive, awesome, majestic, humongous library of all time. Lenora — our eleven-year old heroine — escapes from her (luckily) inattentive nanny through a secret arch of her local library and lands in the aforementioned “Library of Ever.” Confronted with a ten-foot tall stern and very pointy librarian who insists that only library employees may enter, she applies for and is immediately granted a job as the 4th Assistant Apprentice Librarian. Her largely self-directed adventures take her through the Calendar help desk, the cartography section, and a live-action diorama of Bubastes (look this up too!). She helps penguins find their way home, a tardigrade (yes — this is a real thing — look it up!) get directions to Alpha Centauri, and a King in the year 8000 unravel some trouble with time. My absolutely favorite part is when she dons a pheromone interpreter (in her nostrils) in order to help her understand a group of troubled ants. Most importantly throughout, she works to fight off the Forces of Darkness personified as beings dressed in overcoats and bowler hats, who seek to extinguish the light of knowledge in the world around them. This should be required reading for all middle schoolers — an ode to librarians and a concise and pithy description of the importance of libraries and knowledge freely available to all.
GretchenLibrarian 5 months ago
5 out of 5 Stars My Review: Lenora’s parents are traveling when, her nanny takes her to the local library. It is there she gets transported to the Library of Ever, and lands her first job as Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. A job she does not take lightly, and solemnly swears to follow the librarian’s oath for: to work hard, to venture forth bravely and find the answer to any question no matter the challenge; to find a path for those who are lost, and to improvise and think on her feet and rely on her wits and valor; to oppose the enemies of knowledge with all her courage and strength, wherever they might be found. ‘Knowledge is a Light’ are the words above the archway Lenora enters through, and as she goes on one adventure after another answering her patron’s questions, or leading home the lost, she seeks to find the meaning of this phrase. Lenora travels from Wales to Iraq, from Mt. Everest to Mt. Chimborazo, and from the year 1582 to the year 8000. Alexander has written a charming pro-library tale for bibliophiles of all ages, filled with knowledge, time-travel, robots, talking animals, excitement, and a courageous young girl. I absolutely enjoyed this novel, aimed for 9-12 year olds, and will regularly recommend it to my tween-aged patrons looking for their next great read.
Ms-Hurst 5 months ago
I am reviewing this as an elementary teacher and not as an adult reader. I have students who would absolutely love this book, though my students are younger than the middle school age recommended. There wasn't anything in regards to vocabulary, sentence structure, or content that would be beyond my end-of-the-year fourth graders. As an adult, this was a quick read with constant, silly, action. It reminded me in that way of books like The Phantom Tollbooth. Leonora is bored. She's three times bored. She wants to read and learn instead of following her nanny on shopping trips while her parents vacation without her. She enters the library beyond the library and is pulled into travel through time and space.