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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein

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It’s been a dozen years since the old library in Alexandriaville, Ohio was torn down. But Luigi Lemoncello, the world’s most famous game maker, has designed a new library for the town and it’s finally ready to open. Kyle Keeley, a seventh grader who spends most of the time in the shadow of his two athletic older brothers, is not too big on reading and report-writing, but he’s good at games. Really, really good.
And at the moment he has his heart sent on spending the night tucked away in that brand new library as one of the dozen twelve-year-olds chosen for this honor. After all, there’s likely to be free food and movies and prizes. And games. Luigi Lemoncello games.

Kyle’s first problem is to get chosen for the lock-in; chances are his one-sentence essay on why he’s excited about the new public library just might fail to impress the judges. And not impressing the judges will definitely torpedo his chance of being selected for the lock-in.
But what no one knows is that for the lucky students chosen for the exclusive lock-in event, getting into the new library is going to be a whole lot easier than getting out.

The inventive plot may owe a nod of thanks to Roald Dahl, “Night at the Museum,“ and “Floors,” but the references to a wide variety of books that middle grade readers will instantly recognize puts this delightful tale in a class of its own. Adults should not be fooled into dismissing the book as one meant only for young readers; they are likely to find themselves enchanted as the non-stop action pulls them right into the story.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 19, 2015 |
I picked this book up as a birthday present for myself. I mean, it had "library" in the title; I couldn't ignore that.
  AnigL | Feb 17, 2015 |
Kyle is a fun boy, his favorite thing to do is to play Mr.Lemoncello's games, His enemy is the slimy Charles Chiltington. While the first two chapters are set in Kyle's home and school, he spends the majority of the book in the most amazing, library, and trust me, its more than just a library. At the beginning, Kyle for gets to do his essay homework, (Just like a lot of us have.) witch results in him having to write a last minute essay. Kyle, miraculously gets chosen to see Mr.Lemoncello's library, but as soon as they get inside they are locked in, and they have two days to get out. Can Kyle and his team be able to beat Charles and make it out of the library in time? You'll have to read it to find out.
I really like this book. I like it because of all of the action, adventure and puzzles. I think you should read this book if you are craving adventure and amusement in the form of a book. ( )
  KatiePU | Jan 25, 2015 |
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library was such a fun read! I've always liked mysteries and puzzles, and this is full of both, plus there are tons of allusions to other books and authors, from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to Sherlock Holmes.

The main character, Kyle, is the youngest of three brothers, and he loves playing games, especially Mr. Lemoncello's games. When he finds out that Mr. Lemoncello has designed the new library in town, and twelve twelve-year-olds will get to enter it early, he desperately wants to be one of them, and, against the odds, he is. The lock-in turns out to be a contest, a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Kyle quickly teams up with his friend Akimi.

Kyle demonstrates a really interesting set of qualities: he loves games and is competitive, but he's also fair to the other players, and he's generous with his family, friends, and teammates. Charles Chiltington provides a foil for Kyle: he's got all the competitiveness but none of the sense of fair play, and he's arrogant besides. Naturally, Kyle's team prevails, but the tight time frame and the puzzles make for a page-turner.

Comp titles: The Westing Game, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (adult)


"You're a genius!" said Akimi.
"No. My brother Curtis is the genius. I just like to play games." (120)

"It's possible that Mr. Lemoncello left a couple different paths to the same solution." (169)

We're following separate paths to the same goal, Haley thought. And somewhere, those two paths are going to collide. (175)

"What good is a prize if everyone wins it?" (Charles, 231) ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 23, 2014 |
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein is a fun middle grade book, with puzzles that made me think of The Westing Game. Teen Kyle Keeley is a game player, and not really a reader. But a fantastic new public library in his town created by game designer Mr. Lemoncello sounds so great he successfully enters a competition to stay in it overnight with several other kids before it opens. The challenge, with a prize, is to find a hidden way back out by following literary clues. References to old favorite books like The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler are sprinkled throughout, some overtly and some concealed in various ways, and they are listed at the end. Kyle ends up wanting to read many of them. ( )
  jnwelch | Oct 9, 2014 |
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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.

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"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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