Random House Books for Young Readers Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game
Random House Books for Young Readers Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game

Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game

By Chris Grabenstein

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Publication Date: May 3, 2022

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Before Mr. Lemoncello became everyone’s favorite game maker, he was a kid who liked to roll the dice… Discover the origins of what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in this PREQUEL to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Go back to the START and meet thirteen-year-old, PUZZLE-obsessed Luigi Lemoncello!

     Luigi has a knack for games and puzzles. But sometimes it feels like the cards are stacked against him.  UNTIL a carnival arrives in town and Luigi gets the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME—the opportunity to work for the world famous Professor Marvelmous—a dazzling, banana-hat-wearing barker who puts the SHOW in SHOWMAN! When the carnival closes, Professor Marvelmous leaves behind a mysterious puzzle box along with a clue. A clue that will lead Luigi and his friends on a fantastical treasure hunt to a prize beyond anything they could imagine—if they can find it!

     Can Luigi crack the codes and unlock the box’s secrets? Will there be puzzles? Of course! Balloons? You bet! Will it be fun? Hello! It’s a Lemon-cello! BONUS! Can YOU crack the hidden puzzle inside?!

* “A worthy successor to…Willy Wonka.” —Booklist, starred review of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

About the Author

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello, Smartest Kid in the Universe, Dog Squad, and Welcome to Wonderland series, and many other books, as well as the coauthor of numerous page-turners with James Patterson and of Shine!, cowritten with Chris’s wife, J.J. Grabenstein. Chris lives in New York City. Visit him at ChrisGrabenstein.com and on Twitter at @CGrabenstein.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Buffalo, New York, and Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Format: Hardcover

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

ISBN: 9780593480830

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