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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."
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on June 24, 2014 by Yearling
ISBN-10: 0307931471
ISBN-13: 9780307931474
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  • nobodyThursday, November 29, 2018 at 11:18 am
    i love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! read it RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Nic S.Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:24 am
      Kyle Keelleigh is a gamer not a writer,but he wins an essay contest along with his best friend Akimi Hughes to be in a library lock in. But what he thought was just a lock in was really an escape game. The only thing in between him and winning by escaping first is Charles Chiltington who “never loses”. How will he escape? Read Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library to find out. I give this book (5 stars) because it uses a lot of kid words and has puzzles which I enjoy. I feel like it is a fourth grade reading level because it did not last forever but I did not zoom through it. I think this book would be good for anyone who likes puzzles.
      • ellasin
        ellasinThursday, November 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm55 stars
        This book is about a boy named Kyle and yes he is mischievous in his own way. When his favorite game maker (Mr. Lemencello) opened a library and his school is allowing ten children to sleep over Kyle is determined to win.but first he has to write an essay and Mr. Lemoncello will be judging them he tries his best to best to get in. The whole library is a giant game board and the kids are the players there can only be one winner or can there. To find out more read the book 📖
        • milkywaylover
          milkywayloverTuesday, November 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm55 stars
          love great!
          • bookstory13
            bookstory13Friday, November 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm55 starsFeatured
            Mr. Lemoncello is a madman (or genius, all a matter of opinion) that creates games and technology. After a library is opened in his town, Kyle Keeley decides he just has to win the essay contest to get into the special opening night - because Mr. Lemoncello will be there. Only problem is, he hasn't written his essay....and when he does, it is only a couple of words: "There will be balloons." After he is mysteriously admitted into the sleepover, it turns out to be something else entirely-a new game! In a race against time, Kyle unites with his friends to go against Charles Chiltington, who claims to always win. Kyle learns the meaning of friendship and how great libraries are. I would TOTALLY recommend reading this book, it's easy, fun-filled, and an imagination jackpot. Great for all ages! -BKS
            • fossilfury
              fossilfuryTuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:40 pm55 stars
              This is a great book. I think is is fun, exiting, a bit suspenseful, and enough to leave the reader satisfied. I would definitely recommend this book.!
              • fossilfury
                fossilfuryTuesday, August 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm55 stars
                This was an amazing book! I just loved to sit write down and read it. There are some words, like stupid or loser that are mentioned in this book, but overall it is a great book. I love the library!
                • BradenTuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:52 pm
                  This book is amazing!! I love how it is a library but it is also a magical place! It is kind of cool how they have to solve puzzles to get out! You should definitely read this book and the other books in the series.
                  • kittensarecute
                    kittensarecuteSunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm
                    i want to read this book
                    • at41569
                      at41569Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm
                      This was such a good book! I really wish my library was like the one in the book! :) It was so thrilling, yet added many aspects of everyday life. I highly recommend this to all readers out there!

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