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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein

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This book was super cute. I liked the characters and there were some very unexpected twists. I listened to this as an audio book and I wish that I had the physical copy of the book because the author included maps and pictures that were mentioned in the story, but since I couldn't see them it made the book a bit harder to get into, which is entirely my fault. I recommend this book, but make sure that you actually read the book don't just listen to it! ( )
  hawaiianmermaid701 | Sep 6, 2014 |
RGG: A cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chasing Vermeer, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Westing Game--for book loving readers, the allusions to literature are fast and furious. Reading Level: 10-12; F-P: U-W.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 5, 2014 |
Kyle hasn't really bothered with that extra-credit assignment to write an essay about the town's new library -- big deal, it's just a library, right? But when he learns that the library was designed by Luigi Lemoncello, the eccentric millionaire game designer, and the twelve students who win the essay contest will get to be part of a lock-in with the potential for all kinds of wacky fun, he scribbles something down and hands it in. He spends the rest of the day trying to work on and then submit a better essay, even going so far as to locate Mr. Lemoncello's email address. The game's not over until it's over, he figures -- and sure enough, his last-ditch efforts get him the final spot in the library lock-in . . . which turns into a competition with difficult puzzles and fabulous prizes ("Like The Hunger Games, but with plenty of food and no bows and arrows," quips Mr. Lemoncello). Kyle and his friends form a team, working against the snotty rich kid who "never loses," but can teamwork and cooperation triumph over sneakiness and cunning?

This book is a lot of fun for its intended middle-grade readers. The library's attractions are described in a way sure to inspire envy, and the kids' adventures keep the plot moving briskly along. I'll be sure to recommend this to readers who like this sort of puzzle-based mystery story. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 18, 2014 |
How could you not love this book! Book lovers and librarians can rejoice in a book this good. Puzzles, plot, characters. ( )
  librarian1204 | Jul 13, 2014 |
Very good book for grades 4 and up. Fun adventure and lots to learn about how incredible the library can be. Kids have to use library clues to figure out the way out of the library. Excellent way to introduce the kids to many different styles of books, remind them of the dewey decimal system, and more. :) ( )
  Renee.Brandon | Jul 5, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037587089X, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:46:28 -0400)

"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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