Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Mr. Lemoncello Series, Book 1

eBook - 2013
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Over 100 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List!
44 State Award Lists!
Discover what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in all the world” in this fun-filled, action-packed bestseller from the much-loved co-author of I Funny and Treasure Hunters!
“A worthy successor to.…Willy Wonka.” —Booklist, Starred Review
When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he's determined to be there! But the tricky part isn't getting into the library—it's getting out. Because 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 bonus content in the back of the book—extra puzzles, an author Q&A, and more! And look for the puzzle-packed sequels—Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics and Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race!
“Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at …this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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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 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.

May 17, 2020

An awesome book for kids who love puzzles and mystery. This book has many strong characters such as Sierra, the shy bookworm, Kyle, the gamer, Miguel, the head library aide, and others. The characters are well developed and the concept is very interesting. You'll love this book if you like book scavenger.

ArapahoeStaff26 May 02, 2020

Although mainly a suspenseful mystery, with clues placed in library books or from the book titles themselves, the characters are distinctive and have engaging relationships.

ArapahoeMarcia Apr 24, 2020

An entertaining and humorous story about children trying to win a library challenge that is based upon books, games, and riddles. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

OPL_KrisC Apr 10, 2020

A fun and clue-filled library adventure! For fans of "The Book Scavenger".

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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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Oct 28, 2020

"Knowledge not shared remains unknown"

Jul 03, 2017

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

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