Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Genre: J Adventure/Realistic Fiction

Blurb (on back of book): When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on the first night, he's determined to be there. But the tricky part isn't getting into the library — it's getting out. Kyle's going to need all his smarts, because a good roll of the dice or lucky draw of the cards isn't enough to win in Mr. Lemoncello's library.


I love this book. It is like The Gollywhopper Games (which has been reviewed) in a way, but also different.

This book is about a twelve seventh graders who have never been into a public library. When a new one is built, everyone is excited because the greatest toy maker in the world has hosted it. Everyone wants to get in, but twelve children are picked. They learn that the puzzle is not to get in; it's to get out.

This book is full of fun puzzles and clues that you can assemble and do-it-yourself while reading. I liked solving them, though this was a lot harder than The Gollywhopper Games in a way. But I love to read, and I loved the references to different books throughout the story.

Overall, this book was fun to read and solve. I would recommend it to fifth-, sixth-, and even seventh-graders, though some other readers might enjoy this book too.

Main Character: Kyle Keeley
Sidekick(s): Akimi Hughes, Miguel, Sierra, Haley Daley
Villain(s): Charles Chiltington
Adventure/Realistic Fiction Elements: This would most likely not happen in real life, though it could, of course with different characters.