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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Twelve-year-old Kyle Keeley would much rather play video games and solve puzzles than pick up a book. But when he hears the announcement that his hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the new public library in his small Ohio town, Kyle can’t wait to get inside. Lucky for Kyle, he lands an early, all-access pass to the library along with 11 of his classmates. The event promises to be filled with food, games and prizes.

"No matter their age, readers will enjoy playing along with the characters as they face brainteasers, picture puzzles and a who’s who game of classic authors and titles."

During the opening-night lock-in, librarian Yanina Zinchenko gives the kids an exclusive tour of the library’s many exciting features. Holograms, levitating stepladders, a video game room, interactive exhibits and hi-tech book sorting machines make it unlike anything they could’ve imagined. The kids have an unforgettable slumber party. But when morning comes and the doors are still locked, Kyle and the others find themselves players in Lemoncello’s latest game: find a way out of the library.

The kids must use their wits to navigate the labyrinthine library and uncover the secret exit route before time runs out. The prize: fame and fortune as the spokesperson for Lemoncello’s gaming empire. The snooty Charles Chiltington is confident that he can win, but Kyle quickly realizes that teaming up with his friends is his only shot at victory. Through the competition’s elaborate twists and turns, Kyle learns about his town’s history and even adds a few books to his reading list.

Chris Grabenstein pulls out all the stops in this cross between CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. The engaging blend of mystery, adventure and humor makes for a speedy read. Grabenstein creates an (inter)active reading experience that is sure to win over both bookworms and game-lovers. No matter their age, readers will enjoy playing along with the characters as they face brainteasers, picture puzzles and a who’s who game of classic authors and titles. Without giving anything away...Grabenstein has even planted a secret bonus puzzle for clever readers to solve.

Reviewed by Emma Kantor on May 30, 2013

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
(Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
by Chris Grabenstein