Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Book 1

New York Times Bestseller

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Middle Grade (8-12)
Random House, 2023

ISBN‏: ‎ 9780593484852


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library:
The Graphic Novel

Written by Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate

Available November 7, 2023


A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


The AWARD-WINNING, BESTSELLING book is now a full color, fun-packed GRAPHIC NOVEL!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library spent over 100 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and appeared on 44 State Book Award Lists!

Find out if game loving Kyle Keeley can escape from what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in all the world” in this fun-filled graphic novel from the much-loved author of dozens of bestselling middle grade books and the bestselling illustrator of The Last Kids on Earth!

When Kyle learns that the world’s most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town’s new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he’s determined to be there! But the tricky part isn’t getting into the library—it’s getting out. Because 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!


“A biblio-brangle delighting young readers and their librarians for a decade has been seamlessly recast into graphic format…. Along with cranking up the original escapade’s already lively pacing and incorporating its many actual book covers, rebuses, and other visual clues in his bright, crisply drawn panels, (illustrator) Holgate endows the setting’s spacious stacks, rooms, architectural details, and high-tech features with dazzling appeal…. A sure pleaser for veteran fans of the series and likely to bring in a flush of new ones to boot.”
—Kirkus, starred review


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