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Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race
New York Times Bestseller

Now Available

#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure!

On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!

Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race—by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet!—to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!

Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? HELLO! IT'S A LEMONCELLO!

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Random House Children's

To purchase a personalized copy, please contact:
Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY, 10024
Phone 212-595-1962

Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, October 2017, ISBN-13: 978-0553536065


"Maybe the best Lemoncello yet, with a gripping plot, wild inventions, sneaky villains, and clever tweens who put aside their differences and pool their talents to save their hero and his library."
—Common Sense Media

"This third volume of a popular series will be equally welcomed. As before, Grabenstein blends suspenseful adventure, humor, and wishful thinking, seasoning it with riddles, rebuses, wonderful wordplay, and plentiful allusions to children's literature.. Good entertainment with some meaningful messages."

"Grabenstein weaves in themes of finding sources, discerning fact from fiction, and judging the credibility of the Internet in an engaging manner sure to entice readers to partake in their own research quest. With just enough mystery and twists to keep readers guessing, this third series offering is a valuable and useful tool for classrooms and libraries in teaching the importance of doing responsible research."

"Fans will embrace this new entry, which, like the previous books, features lightning-fast pacing and zany plotlines. Educators will be pleased by the emphasis on careful research and fact-checking. VERDICT Chock-full of literary references, this title will have readers racing to pick up the next volume in this popular series."
   —School Library Journal

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

In the "Fabulous Foursomes" game, Mr. Lemoncello dresses up like one of the Beatles on the cover of their Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. This is what that cover looked like.

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rube Goldberg Contraptions

The Self-Operating Napkin
Rube Goldberg contraption

See the Automatic Page Turner in action


There is one more puzzle in the book that wasn't in the story, although there were several clues about how to find it. (And, yes, it could be that simple.) So, do your research and send your answer to author@ChrisGrabenstein.com. You could win character naming rights for the 4th Lemoncello book! On September 2, 2018, five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all the correct answers received. Those winners will have characters named after them in the next Lemoncello adventure, MR. LEMONCELLO'S ALL STAR BREAKOUT GAME, coming in 2019.