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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

By: Chris Grabenstein
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780307974969
2013-06-25 - $7.99

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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Plan YOUR Escape
July 31, 2013

Plan YOUR Escape

We’re so thrilled by the success of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, an instant New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Chris Grabenstein. One part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one part From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, with a dash of puzzle solving through in, it’s just a flat-out fun, exciting read, and filled with Chris’ signature clever, kid-friendly humor.

There are so many ways to introduce your readers to this great story: there’s a study guide available, and(!), if they solve the final puzzle featured in the book they can win two sets of Chris’ books—one for themselves, and one for their favorite library.

Even better, Darrell Robertson, one of the Children’s Services Librarians at the Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County, MD Library System helped design a game that libraries everywhere can adapt to get their patrons engaged and having a blast this summer.



Click here to find the downloadable PDF, which includes:

  • Set Up and Game Play Instructions
  • Game Master Guide
  • Answer Sheets for players to fill in
  • Clue Cards
  • Less Challenging WORD Answer Cards
  • More Challenging PICTOGRAM Answer Cards

Are you planning an Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library event? Let us know in the comments below!