Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How Do You Escape From a Library?

Knowledge not shared remains unknown. 
~Luigi L. Lemoncello

Kyle Keeley isn't interested in winning the extra credit essay contest. That is until he gets grounded from all electronics for being a little overzealous during an interactive board game he was playing with his brothers. Once Kyle is punished, getting to stay overnight in the new library sounds way more exciting, especially considering it's state of the art and their town hadn’t had a library in twelve years. Unfortunately he didn't write the essay! So now he needs to find a way to turn the essay in before the deadline. Kyle tries, but isn’t sure if he's successful. When Kyle finds out he's one of the twelve kids chosen to sleep at the library, he's ecstatic. The bonus is that his best friend is going to be there too, and she's lots of fun. The night begins with a game, and of course there are winners and losers. There's an interesting mix of people in the library, and so much to explore. This new library is beyond cool! The video games, the holograms, the books! This library has it all! The most awesome part is that it was designed by Kyle's favorite board game maker, Mr. Lemoncello. When the twelve writing contestants find out that they have a chance to play in a virtual board game for twenty-four hours throughout the library, the game is on. Not everyone decides to stay, but wait until you find out what happens to those who play. Will Kyle and the others be able to put the clues together before the time runs out? Who can you trust in this game? Is it better to play a ruthless game or to help out those around you? You'll have to read this fabulous library adventure in order to find out!


When I read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein I didn't know exactly what to expect, besides the fact that I’d be reading about one of my favorite places in the world, the library. I liked the gaming aspect of this book, and I think it will appeal to a lot of kids. I also think Kyle would be a lot of fun to be friends with because he's kind and helpful, but he's also really good at board games and puzzles. As a matter of fact, all of the contestants, except for a few, are people that I'd really like to hang out with. It was also cool that this book brought up other stories and books I'd like to read or ones that I've read, and coming across their titles made me smile. The story also included many details about libraries for those people that may not know how the nonfiction section works or some of the other parts of the library. One thing is certain, the library described in this book is out of this world, and I would love to visit one with all the fancy holograms and interactive aspects. Definitely a library of the future- books and technology in all their glory! I know this will be a book that kids in fourth grade and up will get into (and people of any age who love books), and I look forward to reading more stories by this author.

Has anyone else read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library? Or have you read another book by Chris Grabenstein? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~L

38 comments:

  1. never heard of it, but what an interesting concept. I'm up for any book taking place in the library!!

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    1. Tammy- It is a great book! So glad to introduce you to it! :) ~L

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  2. HI DMS - what a fun book ... and the descriptions of the library sound fascinating .. might even read it myself. Love the name Lemoncello ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- It is a fun book! The library described in the book is out of this world! I agree that the name Lemoncello is awesome. :) ~L

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  3. Sounds like a fun premise indeed and can't go wrong with having it based in a library

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  4. A book about a library. I'm in! Sounds like a fun read.

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    1. TMB- It is a book all library lovers should read! :) ~L

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    2. Pat- It is a fun premise! The library is an awesome setting. :) ~L

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  5. This book sounds familiar but I don't think I have read it! I have read other books by this author, though!

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    1. Patty- If you haven't read it you should. You would love it! How cool that you have read other books by Chris! :) ~L

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  6. I haven't read it, but I've actually heard of this one. I'm going to have to look into it!

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    1. Stephanie- I am glad to know that you have heard of this one. I hope you get to read it! :) ~L

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  7. Ooooh. Libraries. Living in a library (even for a day). Drool. And wipe face carefully to protect books.

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    1. Elephant's Child- Your comment is hilarious! I agree that it would be dreamy to spend the night in a library. ;) ~L

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  8. It'd be fun to get stuck in a library. I just read a book called The Library. Reminded me of Neverwhere. It's not really for kids. It's rather violent, but it was a fun read.

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    1. M Pax- Books about libraries are fun! Glad you got to read an adult book on the same topic. :) ~L

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  9. This sounds like something that might get reluctant boys reading. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Rosi- It is a great book for all readers! :) ~L

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  10. I want to go visit Mr. Lemoncello's library.

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  11. This book is on my shelf but I haven't read it yet. I'm actually planning to bring it as a read-a-loud for our next road trip. I'm glad to hear you liked it :)

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    1. Sherrie- If you have this book on your shelf- you are lucky! You will have a blast reading this aloud on your next road trip. Bring some board games too! :) ~L

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  12. This sounds like a lot of fun!
    I wanted to call in to let you know that Stephanie has been lucky in my giveaway draw. Can you please contact me with your address Stephanie – you will find an ‘email me’ button in the right hand column of my blog http://marchhousebookscom.blogspot.co.uk/
    Congratulations, Barbara x

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    1. Barbara- It is!

      Thanks so much for letting me know I one the giveaway. I am SO excited! Thanks a bunch! :) ~Stephanie

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  13. Staying overnight in a library would've been my dream come true as a kid. Hell, who am I kidding. It still would be.

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    1. Raquel- I agree that staying the night in a library would be a dream come true! :) ~L

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  14. What a cool concept, it sounds like a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Jumanji. I'm glad it has good characters, that's so important! It's also cool that it tell some things about real libraries. After Doctor Who I'm not sure I'd want to be in a futuristic library though.

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    1. Molly- You hit the nail on the head! I can see both of those books in this one. :) The characters are great! Futuristic libraries are sure to be interesting! ~L

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  15. I really liked that the author combined games and books together. This isn't what I expected either based on the title and cover - I'm interested to find out what happens once they play the virtual game.
    And they didn't have a library for 12 years!? My life would be completely ruined.

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    1. Adriana- The games and books were a perfect combination! I think you will love this book. It definitely speaks to everyone who loves libraries and books. I can't imagine not having a library- let alone for 12 years! :) ~L

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  16. I remember this one mentioned on your blog before and it sounds like a ton of fun! I've always kind of wanted to sleep over in a library :)

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    1. Meradeth- I have always wanted to sleep over in a library too! :) ~L

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  17. My first thought to your question was why in the world anyone would want to escape from the library. LOL! This sounds like a great book.Thanks for the review!

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    1. Cherie- What a great response! I wouldn't want to escape from a library either- unless I was in this book. :) It is a wonderful book! :) ~L

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  18. I saw this book somewhere recently and I thought it sounded terrific. I love the library and so do my kids. This is going on my kids list.

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    1. Heidi- This will be such a fun book for you to read with your kids in a few years. You will all enjoy it! :) ~L

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  19. Though I haven't read this, I borrowed it from the library (yes, high-five) for a student and she gave it two thumbs-up. Can't imagine living in a town without a library. Can't imagine sleeping at the library either! Sounds like I'd have to read this soon.

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    1. Claudine- I am so excited to hear that your student gave it two thumbs up! Awesome! I know if you read this one that you will enjoy it. :) ~L

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