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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Posted by Caitie F on June 22, 2013

Title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s LibraryLemocello
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

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.


When I am not reading or watching TV, I am often playing board games with friends and family. So when I saw a book about a game involving a library, I knew it would be perfect for me. I just didn’t know HOW perfect.

First of all, I wish this library existed. It sounds like the coolest place on the planet. If this library was in my hometown, it would be hard for me to leave. There are board games, educational games, interactive holograms, and of course, a ton of books. Every book lover should read this book just to get the chance to imagine this place.

I thought the main character might annoy me, as he doesn’t really read, he just loves games and I have read a couple middle grade books where the main character makes fun of books and it is irritating.. But it turns out that he doesn’t make fun of books or people who reads them and he is a pretty cool and open minded kid.

The puzzles throughout the book really really fun to do. They weren’t so simple that the reader will get annoyed that the characters can’t figure it out, but they also are not impossible.

There are some predictable aspects of the book, but it didn’t bother me at all because most books need villains and those villains need to do things that are bad. The villain really had me laughing at times because we all knew people like that when we were a kid.

This is an absolutely wonderful middle grade book that book lovers of any age will enjoy.


3 Responses to “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein”

  1. This sounds fantastic!

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