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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

By: Chris Grabenstein
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375870897
2013-06-25 - $17.99

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets A Night in the Museum in this action-packed New York Times Bestseller from Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson!

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge 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 construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But 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 the next puzzle-packed adventure—Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics—coming in January 2016!

"Discover the coolest library in the world." —James Patterson, #1 New York Timesbestselling author


Starred Review, Booklist

* “An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

*"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at . . . this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike."

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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

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