Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

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A lighthearted parody of reality survival shows, the book reinvigorates the debate over the Dewey Decimal system and traditional library skills while celebrating teamwork, perseverance, and clever wits.
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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.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.
 

About Chris Grabenstein

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Chris Grabenstein is the Agatha and Anthony Award-winning author of the Haunted Mysteries series, including The Crossroads, The Hanging Hill, and The Smoky Corridor. He's also the author of the adult titles Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack a Mole. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, three cats, and a dog named Fred, who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You can visit Chris (and Fred) online at www.chrisgrabenstein.com.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Emily Grossenbacher on May 07 2013

With a great mix of boy and girl main characters, interesting information on how libraries work, and intriguing challenges for this band of misfits, this non-fantasy was exactly what I was looking for.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 22 2013

A lighthearted parody of reality survival shows, the book reinvigorates the debate over the Dewey Decimal system and traditional library skills while celebrating teamwork, perseverance, and clever wits.

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Excellent
on Apr 03 2013

...this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike.

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