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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."
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on June 25, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 037587089X
ISBN-13: 9780375870897
229 Book Reviews
  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blueover 1 year22 stars
    I read the book because it was a required thing so that I can get into sixth grade and...I didn't enjoy it that much. Kyle was grounded for a week because he broke a window during a board game. He was upset about but his best friends mention about Mr. Lemoncello's library. it's sorta like a game show but 12, 12 year olds are stuck in Mr. Lemoncello's library and they have to solves puzzles and riddles around the library to escape. So his best friend mentions that there will be games at the library but Kyle thought it was video games. And to get into Mr Lemoncello's library they had to write a good essay and Mr. Lemoncells himself will be judging them. Then it get's kinda good but I won't spoil it all. But if you like adventure then you should try out this book.
    • 29zabraham
      29zabrahamover 1 year44 stars
      I read this entire book but so far i love it!
      • babyyodafan1
        babyyodafan1about 2 years55 stars
        It's so funny one time a read a third of the book non stop it's so good
        • jb9
          jb9about 2 years
          I read this book and it is AWSOME!!!!! Here is what it is about:so a guy named Mr.Lemenchello started this great library because it had all kinds of books and there were just a lot of awesome stuff. Some kids have to escape the library and it proves a lot harder than it seems. They can not go through the front door or fire exits. If you read this book make sure to check out the second book!!! The second book is called Mr.Lemenchello's library Olympics. Love,love,love them!!!
          • jb9
            jb9about 2 years
            i am reading this book
            • soccergirl23
              soccergirl23over 2 years55 stars
              In this book you get to see a new library created by Mr.Lemoncello. With holograms and and puzzles to find your way out! I would recommend this book if you want an adventurous and fun book!
              • blossomreader
                blossomreaderover 2 years55 stars
                This is the first book in the Lemoncello series, and it was so great I reread this book multiple times. This book is about Mr.Lemoncelo, a rich billionaire who made a hight tech library that 12 kids have to escape from. Kyle, the main character, facing many challenges in order to escape the library, such as Charles, the bully, and the enemy. Can Kyle win the grand prize and escape the library? I loved this book. I hope you guys love this book as much as I did!
                • lions579
                  lions579over 2 years55 stars
                  This book is about a boy called Kyle, and he is a big gamer. His favorite games are made by his hero, Luigi Lemoncello. He created a library in the town where he grew up. And selected twelve twelve-year old kids to participate in a library lock in. The way you are chosen is by writing the best extra credit essay Kyle and eleven other kids are able to compete for the biggest prize they have ever wanted, they will be...(Sorry, but I can not spoil the ending, so read the book to find out) a great book with puzzles and at the back is a list of all the books mentioned in the story, so a good reference when wanting to read good and popular books. (There is also a secret puzzle for YOU to do.) This book I would recommend to people in third to sixth grade that love puzzles.
                  • extrememsb
                    extrememsbover 2 years44 stars
                    This book is about 12 people who get chosen (by writing essays) to be the first library card holders of the new library. The library was created by the famous game inventor, Mr. Lemoncello. What they don't know is that they will be part of a game to escape from the library. I thought that this was a very fun book. It has lots of puzzles and riddles in it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves puzzles and adventures!
                    • cyrekyso-158048913854
                      cyrekyso-158048913854almost 3 years55 stars
                      Kaiser Weist #27 February 4, 2020 This book’s genre is Mystery and Adventure and it was written and found by Chris Grabenstein. The first thing that happens in the story is, Kyle and his brothers are playing a game. Kyle and one of his brothers found what they needed and were sprinting to their house to get the last thing they needed before one of them got it. Meanwhile, Kyle’s other brother was stuck trying to get a dog toy. Kyle runs through the garden while his other brother ran through the house.Kyle made it to the basement window and kicked it open and got the last thing he needed first. The main characters are Kyle Keely, Akimi Hughes, and Sierra Russell.Kyle is the MAIN main character and he’s super smart and he likes to play games,video or board, no matter how old. Akimi is Kyle’s best friend and loves games too, and she is super smart like I said for Kyle.Sierra might be the smartest one of them all, she always has her nose in a book and she only takes her nose out of a book to help people. One of the key events that happened in the story that added to the plot was a bully that got invited to the lock in made his team mate steal one of the other team mates library card to go into their meeting room to copy down clues that they found to see if they were on the same track as them because they thought that would be a problem.The other key event that added to the plot was that the bully tried to steal one of the books that the other team was pulling out of the bookcase.Then he grabbed it and slammed into the person that was holding the book. The main character changes from the beginning of the story to the end because at first he is all about video and board and then on pgs.201-202 it says,” But finally, after the inside of his mouth had turned to sandpaper he said No thanks Charles.We’re just gonna,you know, read.” So that says to me that he is getting over video games and he wants to read more. One unanswered question that I’d like to ask the author is how did you come up with Alexandriaville,Ohio for the location and which dog is fred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? The thing that I enjoyed the most about the book is all the puzzles and clues and how hard it was for them to get out of the library and how long it took for them to solve the mystery. I would recommend this book because it is a good story and the author makes it seem like the setting is real but it is not real