Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Extras

Inside Mr. Lemoncello’s Library:

Chris talks about writing and takes you behind the scenes of the book and movie in this 24-minute video.

Download the School & Library Brochure with Activities!

Bring the Fun, Excitement (and Learning) of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library into Your Library!

Now you can host a Lemoncello-style Scavenger Hunt in YOUR library. Working with Children’s Services librarians from the Carroll County Public Library in Finksburg, Maryland, Chris has created Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Escape Game for libraries everywhere!

Lemoncello spinner

Everything you need is available in one downloadable PDF:
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  • Set Up and Game Play Instructions
  • Game Master Guide
  • Answer Sheets for players to fill in
  • Clue Cards
  • Less Challenging WORD Answer Cards
  • More Challenging PICTOGRAM Answer Cards

To access this PDF file, you will need a special password (otherwise, all the players could find the answers to the word puzzle right here!). If you are a librarian or the person organizing the game, just send an e-mail to Chris and he will send you the secret password.

If you’ve already done that step, click here to enter your password.

Darrel the Librarian

Darrell Robertson, one of the Children’s Services Librarians at the Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County, MD Library System who helped design the game for libraries everywhere!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Can You Solve the Mysterious Final Puzzle in the Book?

Mr Lemoncello There is one puzzle in Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library that’s in the book but not the story—although a clue about how to find and solve it is.

If you think you’ve figured it out, e-mail your answer to Chris to see if you are one of the most ridiculously brilliant readers in the entire known (and, perhaps, the unknown) universe.

The Library That Inspired Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

Several years ago, Chris made his first of many author visits to one of his favorite schools: P.S. 10 in Brooklyn, New York. The librarian, Ms. Macrina (pictured with Chris) told him how the school’s marvelous library had been donated by a very generous benefactor.

That sent the chipmunks spinning on the treadmills in Chris’ mind. “What if a very generous and eccentric benefactor donated the world’s most amazing library to the small Ohio town where he grew up?” Years later that little idea has become Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

Sadly, Mrs. Macrina passed away in October 2015. That’s why the dedication to the second Lemoncello book, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, includes this passage:

And in Memory of Rosanne Macrina, the long time librarian at P.S. 10 in Brooklyn who inspired so many children and one author who was very lucky to have met her.

Chris and Ms. Macrina
Lemoncello state award map
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Children's Literature Assembly
Nerdie Award
Goodreads Choice Awards

Honors for Mr. Lemoncello!

Children’s Choice Book Awards

2014-2015 Beehive Book Award (Utah) Nominee
2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland) Winner!
2015 Blue Hen Award (Delaware) Winner!
2016 Bluestem Award (Illinois) Nominee
2014 Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award (Ohio) Winner!
2016-2017 California Young Reader Medal Winner!
2016 Charlotte Award (New York State Reading Association) Nominee
2014 Children’s Choice Awards of Allegheny County (greater Pittsburgh, PA region) Winner!
2014 Children’s Literature Assembly of NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts
2015 Colorado Children’s Book Award List
2014-2015 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s (Vermont) Book Award Winner!
2015 Flicker Tale Children’s Award (North Dakota) Winner!
2016 Garden State Children’s Book Award (New Jersey) Winner!
2014-2015 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee
2018 Golden Archer (Wisconsin) Award Nominee
2015 Golden Cowbell Award (International School Librarians teaching in Switzerland) Winner!
2015-2016 Golden Sower (Nebraska) Award Winner!
2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona) Winner!
2014-2015 Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan) Nominee
2014-2015 Great Stone Face Award (New Hampshire) Winner!
2017-2018 Indian Paintbrush (Wyoming) Book Award Winner!
2015-2016 Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominee
2016 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee
2016 Magnolia Award (Mississippi) Winner!
2014-2015 Maine Student Book Award Winner!
2015-2016 Mark Twain Readers Award (Missouri) Winner!
2016 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
2015-2016 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota Young Reader Award) Winner!
2015 Nēnē Award (Hawaii) Nominee
2016 Nēnē Award (Hawaii) Nominee
2017 Nēnē Award (Hawaii) Nominee
2016 North Carolina Children’s Book Award
2016-2017 Nutmeg Book Award (Connecticut) Nominee
2016 Oregon Readers Choice Award Winner!
2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Readers’ Choice Award Winner!
2014-2015 Panda Book Awards (International Librarians in China) Nominee
2014-2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
2014-2015 Prairie Pasque (South Dakota) Nominee
2014-2015 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Winner!
2015 Sakura Medal List (International Schools in Japan) Winner!
2014-2015 South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee
2014-2015 Sunshine State Young Reader Award (Florida) Winner!
2015-2016 Virginia’s Reader’s Choice State Book Award Winner!
2015-2016 Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee) Winner!
2015-2016 William Allen White Kansas State Award Winner!
2015-2016 Young Hoosier (Indiana) Book Award Winner!

Other Awards and Honors

ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Books
Agatha Award Winner: Best Children’s/YA Mystery
Anthony Award Nominee: Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel
Association for Library Service to Children’s “TWEEN RECOMMENDED READS”
2014 Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults
Goodreads Choice Nominee 2013
2013 Nerdie Winner (Nerdy Book Club)

Chose as a Best Book of 2013 by:

The Washington Post
Southern California Public Radio
Parents Magazine
The Columbus Dispatch
Atlanta Parents Magazine
Chris’ Mom

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