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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375870897
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations, 22 cm


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Hillsboro_RobP Jun 16, 2020

A literature-loving puzzler/adventure that keeps the pages turning and the creative juices flowing in an intentionally Wonka-like trip through multimedia.

Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library designed by his hero, the famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello. Kyle finds he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

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Beaverton_Kids Oct 11, 2018

Part of the "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" series.

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Hillsboro_Kids Dec 15, 2018

Locked into the library?! As librarians, we have some concerns, but this great series features loads of clues and puzzles so you can find the escape route!

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Apr 08, 2021

I really enjoyed reading this book. How Kyle only wrote a very very very short essay, he was in the 12 best essay writer in the 7th grader's in his school. That was a good part. I also liked the puzzles in the book. This was the first series I saw with puzzles and games! I highly recommend this book for people who like puzzle, competition and much more. But anyways anyone can read this book

Mar 30, 2021

Alexandriaville, a small town in Ohio, hasn’t had a public library in over 12 years. An eccentric billionaire, Luigi Lemoncello, shares his love and passion for libraries with the townspeople. As the world’s most renowned game maker, he has filled the library with high-tech gadgets and interactive games and tools. For the grand opening, he has invited twelve-year-old children to participate in a challenge in which they must find a secret passageway to escape from the library. He has hidden clues all throughout the building and the children have 24 hours to solve the puzzles and get out. One of the contestants, Kyle Keeley, who is also the protagonist of the story, is obsessed with games just like Mr. Lemoncello. Kyle speeds through the puzzles and finishes as the first kid to escape from the library. I very much enjoyed this thrilling and enthralling story. The combination of puzzles and games and the gripping feeling of who will solve all the clues and finish the challenge first truly captivated my attention and sucked me into the story right away.

Mar 14, 2021

This amazing book written by Chris Grabenstein is a must-read for any library and challenge lover.

Feb 24, 2021

The public library in Kyle's hometown is reopening following extensive renovations, and he and several of his friends have somehow been lucky enough to win an essay contest granting them an overnight sneak preview before the official grand opening. They are wowed by the cutting-edge, interactive technology, games, books and imaginative architecture. The following morning, just as they think they're about to go home, they learn their adventure has only just begun: hidden throughout the building are clues which lead to the library's secret exit — and they have 24 hours to locate it.

I selected this to fulfill 'a middle grade mystery' in the Read Harder challenge, mostly because my daughter had just read it and thought it was great. It was a pretty fun, silly read, perfect for 4th/5th graders, and as a library user and employee myself I'm going to give it extra points for a) library setting, b) incorporating real library classification into the puzzles, and c) including an automated materials handling system.

FPL_StephanieP Jan 22, 2021

Kyle Keely loves games, especially games created by world-famous Mr. Lemoncello, so he is thrilled to earn a trip to a lock-in at the new library built by Mr. Lemoncello. What starts as a fun, lock-in full of games, turns into an epic race to be the first kid to escape from the library. With its references to beloved children's books, fun puzzles and games, and themes of teamwork and good sportsmanship, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is a delight!

Nov 23, 2020

Twelve, twelve-year-olds are chosen to participate in a lock-in at the new library built by Mr. Lemoncello, an all-game genius. However, this new game's trick, made specifically for these kids, is figuring out how to escape the library.

This book truly is entertaining! It is full of trivia, board game madness, and competition, which is surrounded by books. It made the mystery very light-hearted and makes the reader try to figure things out on their own.

I must say I enjoyed very much how developed all of the characters were. For example, Charles Chiltington, the acts like a know-it-all, makes you feel annoyed. Literally, whenever he said something, I would roll my eyes because you almost wish he would stop talking. :D Or, how Haley Daley was pretty smart but hid it because she was Miss. Popular.

The library itself sounded so cool! There were many tall shelves filled with books, a café downstairs, robots who shelf books (well, that might be a little creepy), and so much more. Let’s just say that this is a place every bookworm would want to exist.

I enjoyed the slight suspense towards the end. Like how Kyle Keeley, the main character and protagonist, almost got eliminated from the game because…wait, I can’t say that! Goodness, I better wrap this review up before making you not want to read the book because I’ve said things. :D

All in all, I think any book lover or obsessed board gamer would enjoy this book! I am a bit of both, so this certainly satisfied my book craving! And, it’s exciting that there are (at least so far) 4 other books. You are definitely going to be in for a whimsical treat!

Sep 29, 2020

The story was awesome. Well written and entertaining to read to our 6 year old. Cautionary note, there is a lot of name calling and condescending comments made by the characters. You can simply skip over those words/phrases and it doesn't impact the story AT ALL! (Wish writers could realize that)

Aug 10, 2020

We listened to the audiobook on a road trip and my kids (age 7 and 9) were engrossed the entire time. Another young reader indicated disappointment that the main character wasn't all that much of a reader, but we found that one of the points of the book was that he gained an appreciation for reading and libraries because of the challenge. The book was full of suspense and puzzles, but no violence or danger, so it was perfect for my younger kids. Best of all, it's all about what a wonderful resource libraries are, and how you can learn to use them, which is a great lesson hidden among all the engaging puzzles.

Jul 30, 2020

Kyle, the youngest of three brothers, embarks on an adventure full of puzzles where he must decide to work together with his teammates or work on his own in order to win. I completed the puzzle at the back of the book and emailed the author. I received an incredibly friendly and quick response. Any upper elementary school student would love this book as a read-aloud or simply if they are into puzzles.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 16, 2020

A literature-loving puzzler/adventure that keeps the pages turning and the creative juices flowing in an intentionally Wonka-like trip through multimedia.

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Oct 28, 2020

"Knowledge not shared remains unknown"

Jul 03, 2017

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

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Jul 21, 2015

A game is never over until it's over.


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Apr 10, 2019

In this book, 12-year-old Kyle Keeley gets to do an escape room in the brand new library, built by master game maker Luigi Lemoncello.

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.

PImaLib_EvaO May 06, 2015

Taking place in a library the several children are selected to spend the night at the library based on an essay that they turned in. The children are involved in several challenges in the library only to find out that the biggest challenge of all is to find a way out of the library....


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