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Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

(Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,373 ratings  ·  484 reviews
#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 g
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 2017)
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Julie Kirchner
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this third installment of Mr. Lemoncello. I felt it was a bit more predictable than the first two and I didn't think the "bad guys" would give away as much info as they did, thus the four star vs. five star review. I loved the important message of being careful to research facts thoroughly. In our current climate of "fake news" and "alternative facts" I feel this message is absolutely necessary especially with students who need to understand Wikipedia is not the best sole source for fa ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This breaks my heart, and is going to be an unpopular opinion on Goodreads, but I just didn't like this one as much as the first two in the series--and NOT because it's nonfiction based. As a librarian, I loved that nonfiction took center stage in the story and that QUALITY research (checking sources, not jumping to conclusions, verifying information, etc) was emphasized.

My problem was the race itself--none of the stages lasted that long or seemed that exciting. Even when the kids FLEW TO ANOTHE
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Game-maker Luigi L. Lemoncello is testing his “Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy” game in which the players research to find information about famous Americans. Following clues, the players peruse library books, race around on foot, ride bicycles, travel in bookmobiles, and fly in Mr. Lemoncello’s own corporate banana jet. Kyle Keeley, naturally, wants to win. But when he uncovers some disreputable “facts” about Mr. Lemoncello, it looks as if his hero may just turn out to be a fraud.

Can Kyle find the
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it

Another really fun and enjoyable installment in this series! The only reason I didn't give it four stars is that I think it's pretty forgettable, but I definitely had a good time reading it!
Leah G.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The theme of this book is 'truth' because Kyle and his friends have to find the truth, and make sure everybody else knows it, too. ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun installment in the Mr. Lemoncello series!

This time we get a lesson in resiliency, and about finding the truth about, well... how to search for the real truth and accurate facts... and how you've just got to check your sources to get it right.

I love how this literary adventure has the kids flying out of state to locate the answers they need... It's kind of cool. A bit 'Amazing Race'-esque, in my opinion... which definitely adds to the intrigue and the hype surrounding the climax.

I jus
Mr. Steve
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Mr. Lemoncello's Library books are great. Adventure plus fact finding is a winning combination. Definitely some parts to this particular story require a certain willing suspension of disbelief, but that is an adult thing. Kids won't care - they will just enjoy the humor and adventure. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book was a perfect storm of things I have trouble remembering: puzzles, literary references, a fantasy feel (although not technically fantasy), and lots and lots of character names, some of which belong to real people, so I felt a need to look them all up, which made it harder to remember the plot.

This is a tremendously popular series with my students, and there is already a waiting list for this title. But it's also been cross country season, and I just am not
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️
It was overall a very entertaining read. However, I guessed the majority of the reveals, twists, and turns in the mystery. I did enjoy myself while reading, though, and that why it gets the rating that it does.
As a final critique, it was difficult to suspend disbelief.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure in this series, and as a bonus, it focuses on the importance of doing real research to find out the truth rather than jumping to conclusions (or jumping on the media/opinion bandwagon without investigating first). The librarian in me appreciates that message; my son likes that the book was exciting and funny.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
One of my favorite series as a librarian, but definitely a niche series for kids. With introduction and urging from teachers, though, they gobble these up! Book 3 is another solid addition to the series, and I actually liked it better than book 2. Book 1, however, remains my favorite in the series.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, book-club
Chris Grabenstein is still going strong with third book.
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a fictional TED Talk for kids. Chris Grabenstein is on point as he address the topics of failure, digital literacy, research skills and fake news. It's actually right in line with some of the training I'm providing to our library staff at the moment. I have recommended the Mr. Lemoncello series for library professionals before and I will do it again with this one. I'll also get the Mr. Lemoncello boardgame if one is ever invented! ...more
Josh Newhouse
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17june
Chris has done it again with the third book in this wonderfliffic series! A strong plot with a twist halfway through that is nicely foreshadowed for adults but will still catch many unawares... I did expect to see Charles play a larger role... the book picked up after the twist as well... it's a solid 4.5 stars compared to the first two books, but 5 stars by other standards... the bar is so high on this series! Loved the sprinkling of book titles throughout the text both overtly and covertly and ...more
Fun book! Great puzzles for kids to solve. Also fun to read the many references to other books.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another great library story, and I love the focus on research and accuracy of facts.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The great and kooky Mr. Lemoncello is back with a brand new game- the Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy...and this game has Kyle, his friends, other young competitors on the search for great facts about some great historical figures. This time though, the game takes Kyle and the other contestants outside of the awesome Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and across town and even across the country! The kids use bookmobiles, old-timey bicycles, and even a banana jet to find their facts and hopefully win the amaz ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Grabenstein, Chris Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, 288 pages. Random House, OCT 2017. $17. Content: G.

Mr. Lemoncello has more tricks up his sleeve.. He wants to send out ambassadors to introduce his latest 3D technology to children all over the US. In order to choose the ambassadors he has devised a contest, of course. When the teams are on their way to the final challenge they stumble upon something that gives them pause. Did Mr. Lemoncello copy his first, iconic game from another invento
Jessica Samuel
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a FANTASTIC story that stresses the important of research as well as reliable sources. I can't wait to share bits and pieces of it in research lessons and have students read it. As usually Mr. Lemoncello doesn't disappoint!! ...more
Rachel Meyer
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the third book of the Mr. Lemoncello's Library series, Kyle and his friends have a new mystery to solve. This time, it's about research.

I thought this was a great addition to the series. It was fun to have new characters in the novel. And I loved the Nonfictionator. The plot was engaging and kept me reading it all the way through almost without break. Kyle went backwards a bit at the beginning, but he learned through the book that the shortest way isn't always the best.

The one thing I didn't
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I loved the first two Lemoncello books. Books about games are favorite things to read, and books about games about books? Sign me up.

The problem is that this book isn't really about a game.

In what I can only assume is a misguided attempt to up the stakes, the author abandons the competition format halfway through in favor of (view spoiler)

I mean, it allud
Meh. Seems like as these books go along they get more juvenile instead of the characters developing. Was bored to tears the first half of the book, finally got better when they went on their real research and enjoyed the last 45% or so of the book.
Ian Lew
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Amy "the book-bat"
These books are so much fun! I wish I had a library like Mr. Lemoncello's. ...more
Ediz Canigur ツ
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chris Grabenstein’s “Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race” is an amazing addition to the realistic fiction series, “Mr. Lemoncello”. This third installment dives back into the world of Kyle Keeley, a thirteen year old boy who loves all types of games, and especially Mr Lemoncello games. This time, Lemoncello has made an all-new Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy game, with them travelling around the country on various vehicles (one of which includes a banana jet!) , and a big prize if any of the contes ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#10 “Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race,” by Chris Grabenstein, is a particularly puzzling phenomenal novel. This book is the third in the trilogy, and I really liked it. It is about Kyle Keeley and his friends racing around America to find cool things about famous people. The fastest pair will become the winners and get some amazing prizes. While they are searching, some mysterious accusations come up, and Mr. Lemoncello is accused of stealing the idea for his first board game that made millio ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"But sometimes knowing how to find the answers and what questions to ask are more important than the answers themselves."

The 3rd installment of Mr. Grabenstein's Mr. Lemoncello series is just as superdifferousness as his first two. In this book Kyle Keeley and friends have to do research to uncover the truth. I love the way Mr. Grabenstein weaves his puzzle filled stories. Library board members (kids from previous books) are playing the Great Library Race before the library big gala, where Mr. L
Before I get started with my actual review, a note. Although Kyle is the main character, let's be real, the two kids that start the race and leave part way through because they find a book sale, are the true heroes. They are me in book form.

In this third installment of the Mr. Lemoncello's Library series, the kids are given a chance to compete in another one of Mr. Lemoncello's crazy competitions. Those fighting against our heroes are of course Charles and his mother, but also a couple new chara
No doubt it would be hard to argue that anyone is doing a better job of making libraries and research seem cool than author Chris Grabenstein with his Lemoncello series. The bibliophiles among us already knew that and can smugly remind ourselves that we loved both of them before they were on anyone else's radar. In this installment, the young gamers are back, and their favorite game maker, the inimitable Mr. Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again, coming up with a contest that requires competitors to ...more
Becky B
Mr. Lemoncello has come up with another contest, this time just for his board of trustees. The winners will get to go on a worldwide book promotion tour and be the first ones to receive Mr. Lemoncello's newest game. Kyle is gungho for Mr. Lemoncello's latest competition, as usual. But when Mr. Lemoncello's good name and his board game kingdom comes under attack, Kyle realizes there are sometimes things more important than winning and he rallies the other trustees to try and clear Mr. Lemoncello. ...more
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CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling. His books include the LEMONCELLO LIBRARY series, the WONDERLAND series, and many fun and funny page-turners co-authored with James Patterson. You can visit Chris at

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