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Grabenstein, Chris.
New York : Random House, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 0375870894

(4 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Twelve year-old Kyle Keeley suffers from having two overachieving, yet loving older brothers. Kyle loves games, not sports or school. When the world’s most famous game maker decides to give back to his and Kyle’s home town, he designs and builds an incredible public library for the citizens of Alexandriaville, Ohio. Kyle and his classmates are encouraged to enter an essay contest to win the chance to see the library before its official opening; the twelve winners get to go to a library lock-in. Kyle is lucky enough to be one of the winners and he and they are awestruck when they actually enter the amazing space. Mr. Lemoncello has ensured that a night in the library will be rewarding in many ways: great food, wacky games, and a tour of the library. The next day, the contestants are surprised to find themselves facing the ultimate challenge: how to get out of the library! Who will work together and who will go it alone: bookwork Sierra, brainiac Miguel, teen beauty Haley, or the insufferable Charles Chillington? Roll the dice and try your hand at this adventure that pays homage to Roald Dahl and E.L. Konigsburg.
  (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)

Booktalk #2
Nobody knows how to create a game more exciting than Luigi Lemoncello. Mr. Lemoncello creates board games, video games, and every other imaginable game. His game making skills have made him famous worldwide and also very rich. Mr. Lemoncello has decided to share some of his wealth to build a brand new library in a town that hasn’t had a library in many years. The ideas for the new library were conceived and designed by Luigi Lemoncello. In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Readers will be riveted with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.  (South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee, 2015
Prepared by: Patty Taylor, Lexington County Public Library,

Booktalk #3

Kyle lives in a town that hasn’t had a public library in twelve years. All that’s about to change as Mr. Lemoncello, a former resident of the town, and now famous creator of board games, is about to open a new library in the former town bank.  Keeping in the spirit of his love of games, Mr. Lemoncello has created a contest.   He invites the twelve year olds of the town to be the first to enter the library. They will stay the night and participate in an adventure they can’t even begin to imagine. Kyle will need all his gaming skills to win the prize and solve the puzzles and games that are all part of the library’s opening. Rumor has it there is an extra puzzle that is not in the plot.  If a reader can solve it, s/he could win a fantastic prize…  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)

Booktalk #4

Kyle Keeley is not interested in winning the essay competition that will allow a handful of twelve-year-olds to spend a night in the new town library; he is far more interested in playing games instead. That is, he is not interested until he discovers that Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, the famous game maker and his idol, is the designer of the new building. Through luck and determination, he wins a spot for the lock-in night of games, but no one expects the doors to remain locked in the morning when the library becomes a much larger and more mysterious game of escape. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)

SUBJECTS:     Libraries -- Fiction.
                        Books and reading -- Fiction.
                        Games -- Fiction.

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