Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Paperback - 2014
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Over 100 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List!
44 State Award Lists!

Discover what James Patterson calls "the coolest library in all the world" in this fun-filled, action-packed bestseller from the much-loved co-author of I Funny and Treasure Hunters !

"A worthy successor to. . . Willy Wonka." -- Booklist , Starred Review

When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he's determined to be there! But the tricky part isn't getting into the library--it's getting out. Because 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 bonus content in the back of the book--extra puzzles, an author Q&A, and more! And look for the puzzle-packed sequels-- Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics and Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race !

"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at . . . this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2014
ISBN: 9780307931474
0307931471

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Twelve kids work together to solve clues and escape from their new town library, created by the legendary game maker Mr. Lemoncello.

From Sarah: "I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out in January. There were lots of clues and puzzles for the reader to figure out. This book was humorous and did not end the way I expected." Also available as an eBook and on audio.

Twelve year old Kyle and eleven other students spend the night at the library and must solve clues in order to escape.


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VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 23, 2018

This book has received a lot of acclaim. I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I found the characters to be "types" and they seemed pretty two-dimensional. I loved the library setting and the literary references, but it all seemed a little contrived. The being locked-in at the library plot device seemed wildly implausible. And since most public libraries are chronically short of money for luxuries, an incredibly lavish library like this just seemed absurd. So I liked it, but I didn't love it. If the book inspires readers to try some of the many books mentioned in it, however, then that would be a great thing.

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fledge
Jan 19, 2018

The target audience for this book is 8 to 12 years old. I’m a scant 50 years beyond this demographic. Nevertheless, I read it and was mildly satisfied. The scent of political correctness infuses the book – the “team” is a multicultural hash; we must work together and play nice to succeed; rich boy is a predictable, selfish lout; I only win when we all win; participation trophies all around; libraries are citadels of true learning and we must spend lavishly on them – so that the book is therefore siphoned of drama it might otherwise have had. Moral of the story: It's nice being nice to the nice. All of this might be comforting and believable to an eight-year-old, though it must border on absurdity for a self-aware twelve-year-old. The book probably won't significantly damage many children.

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red_dog_13849
Jan 11, 2018

This book is a great book for readers! It is definitely a must read

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kasiahansen
Dec 29, 2017

I LOVE this book!!!!

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blue_swallow_29
Nov 25, 2017

This is a awesome book. I would recommend it to anyone who can read.

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readingfairy1
Jun 25, 2017

I liked this book so much!
I think "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" is now one of my favourite books. My favourite character was Sierra Russel and (naturally) I disliked Charles Chiltington the most. I liked that the "players" teamed up. The story's about 12 children who, by looking for clues in the books and exhibits, has to escape from the world-famous gamester, Mr. Luigi L. Lemoncello's new library. (The library sounds really amazing -- I wish there was one near me...)
It was neat how the author refers to lots of well-known books, and how the reader can try and piece together the riddles too. I will try to figure out the puzzle Chris Grabenstein mentions in the author's note! I listened to the audiobook read by Jesse Bernstein and I think that's very nice as well!
Highly recommended to all book, game, and puzzle/mystery lovers!!

love this book

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eme_lau
Aug 11, 2016

Great book- fun and fast paced! Keeps you on your toes trying to figure out the puzzles.

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kristy123
Apr 17, 2016

Its really awesome how they escape from the library in a competition!

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Rachels_FYI
Jul 31, 2015

Fun, good writing, we are checking out more from Chris Grabenstein!

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red_dog_13849
Jan 11, 2018

red_dog_13849 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

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readingfairy1
Jun 26, 2017

readingfairy1 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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kh6041
Dec 16, 2016

kh6041 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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blue_kangaroo_495
Nov 10, 2016

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blue_falcon_938
Nov 09, 2015

blue_falcon_938 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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readingfairy1
Jul 03, 2017

"Knowledge not shared remains unknown." ~ Mr. Lemoncello

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readingfairy1
Jul 03, 2017

THOSE WHO KNEW WHERE TO LOOK HAVE SOLVED EVERY PUZZLE IN THE BOOK

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burgundy_coyote_59
Mar 27, 2018

In this story an average boy tries to get ungrounded and goes to a famous gamer's new library. He gets trapped with 11 other participants and they get out by solving riddles and clues and working together.

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