Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello Series #1)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello Series #1)

by Chris Grabenstein


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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets A Night in the Museum in this action-packed New York Times Bestseller from Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson!

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge 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 construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

Don't miss the next puzzle-packed adventures—Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics and Mr. Lemoncello's Great LIbrary Race!

"Discover the coolest library in the world." —James Patterson, #1 New York Timesbestselling author


Starred Review, Booklist

* “An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

*"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at . . . this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375870897
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Series: Mr. Lemoncello Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 71,317
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.16(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, The Island of Dr. Libris, and the Welcome to Wonderland series. He is also the coauthor of several bestselling series with James Patterson, including I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, and Jackie Ha Ha. 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. Don’t miss the third Lemoncello adventure, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, coming in October 2017!

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, so maybe not the world. Or the universe for that matter. But it still is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so fun, funny, and mysterious. Also adventurous. I recommend this book to anyone who can read. Please read Escape Frome Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstien ASAP!!!!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
A fun story for children of all ages (even if it is geared towards younger kids). The story is most resembles ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ where children win a contest to stay at a new library overnight which then becomes a contest to find an alternate way out. The story is full of book references and teaches the importance of libraries to the community. A nice story if you’re looking for something light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with lots of suspense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book that I have read in my life! Whoever is reading this review should get and read Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed, funny and an all around good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am the &#8499istyflash. So, I hate to break your moods, below, but Haunted Spirit is great.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the begining. Its soo funny that kyle broke a window for a board game!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
bookswomanSD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Kyle Keely loves all sorts of games, from board games to video games. So, when Kyle learns that Mr. Lemoncello, the most famous game maker ever, is responsible for the construction of the new library and is having a lock-in for the opening, Kyle knows he has to be there. Twelve essay winning seventh graders will be selected to be the first people inside the library, where they will be allowed to explore and spend the night locked in the library. Kyle is determined to be one of the essay winners. Mr. Lemoncello built the library because for twelve years his hometown of Alexandriaville has not had a public library. Without the library, where Mr. Lemoncello spent a considerable amount as a child, he would not have been the success he was today. But being the king of games, he has to make this the most fun library around, especially for the lock-in. Kyle and the other winners will have to use all of their instincts and knowledge to play the games in the library and to win the grand prize once they escape the library. This was an amazing read with fascinating trivia, and intriguing characters. The mystery around the game and how the different characters go about playing the games and solving the riddles is extremely entertaining. Kyle Keely is an intriguing character with an amazing strategical ability that he easily applies to solving this new game. Between his love of games and his natural leader qualities, Kyle makes the perfect protagonist for this story. I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile and proud of that fact. I have read many novels in my life and many classics. This book, however, made me feel like a novice with the many book related trivia questions. The character of Mr. Lemoncello reminded me a lot of Willy Wonka, in both appearance and personality. He loves what he does and he loves books. His wacky, outlandish clothing options and the way he talks in riddles from time to time makes me think of Willy Wonka, except with games and books instead of chocolate. I absolutely loved how this novel brought out the best aspects of the library and found a way for the library, all libraries everywhere, to appeal to children. I would recommend this novel to fans of “The Pagemaster” and “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambers Bertman. I bought my copy of this novel at Goodwill and have permission from the publishers at Penguin Random House to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, I was thinking that this would be a great book since people loved it, but I have to say, this book was just to make things more educational. The way I saw it, its just stuped to make the maine plote aboute a library!? It was too cheesy for me. But I still think it was a good book. Not the best book, but a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page-turner. Kids will be staying up late to read this one!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book
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