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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
By Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

LOVED IT! Absolutely LOVED IT! It was like Willy Wonka but in a library! What more could you ask for???

It’s basically a love letter to libraries. I really wanted to work there. It seemed like such a fun place to be and they had the greatest technology. I loved the characters and how they weren’t perfect. They learned from their experience at the lock-in. I had a blast reading it and I look forward to re-reading it soon!

I think this one would be good for reluctant readers because they could see that libraries are fun places and it’s a fast-paced story.

From Goodreads:
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.


  1. This sounds like soooo much fun! Thanks for sharing!


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