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The Library of Ever is an instant classic for middle grade readers and booklovers everywhere—an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge.

With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored—until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contai

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Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Imprint
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    Seema Rao
    Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book was sort of if the Phantom Tollbooth was crossed with that series the Librarians. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this is an enjoyable, satisfying middle-grade book. Worth picking up for sure. It has the sort of tone of a latter-day old-timey book, like a Lemony Snicket, say, that would make a great book to read aloud to a fourth grader. I loved the main character and the way that literature is celebrated. Wonderful read.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in excha
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    Lorie Barber
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Okay. Wow. Wow. Wow. How to review without spoiling? Hmmmm.
    Well, you’ve read the synopsis. You know it’s a fantastical adventure about a precocious girl named Lenora that takes place in a library.
    But it’s SO. MUCH. MORE. It’s about knowledge vs. ignorance and darkness vs. light and reminds me so much of those great middle grade classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Harry Potter. I can only pray that we hear more from Lenora and her continued quest to keep the light in the world. I will, without
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    Beth Cato
    Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my goodness, I adored The Library of Ever. This book is everything a cozy middle grade book should be. I wish I could go back in time and press it into the hands of my ten-year-old self with a conspiratorial wink.

    Lenora is ignored by her wealthy parents and her nanny, but this comes in useful sometimes--like at the library. She makes her escape to the children's section where she confronts a man in a bowler hat who is trying to tell a young boy that books on science are too advanced for him.
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    Ana
    Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    "Trapped in Genghis Khan’s tomb with a killer robot..." That's one of Lenora's many adventures in the special library she finds while getting away from her nanny. At the start of the book, Lenora behaves like a spoiled brat, but soon she gets to help out the librarian and proves to be really talented. I hope there are more adventures.
    PS. I am a librarian, so my review could be somewhat biased.
    I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for
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    Shan Salter
    Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    @kidlitexchange #partner #bookstagram #kidlitexchange #kidlit @zalexanderbooks @macmillankidsbooks

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    Release date: 4/30/19

    THE LIBRARY OF EVER By Zeno Alexander

    This story is a librarian and book lover’s dream! A young girl, Lenora, with aspirations of becoming a librarian, is employed in a magical library. She swears to answer any question, no matter the challenge and so begins a wild adventure involving
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    Katie Reilley
    Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Macmillan Publishing Group & Imprint for sending our #bookexpedition group an ARC to read and review.

    The Library of Ever is unlike any middle grade book I’ve read. It’s a creative adventure story centered around the importance of knowledge.

    I cheered for Lenora, the clever main character, as she traveled through the most incredible and humongous library in the world, battling the Forces of Darkness who discourage children from asking questions. The theme in this book, “Knowledge
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    Lisa
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My 5th grade daughter devoured the proof copy of this book. She enjoyed time travel and how random the adventures were. The humorously tone of the book was perfect for her. She also enjoyed the theme that knowledge is light. Plus cat!
    Kate Waggoner
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    @KidLitExchange #partner

    Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    The Library of Ever is a delightful middle grades adventure fantasy novel about the importance of and love for books and knowledge. Lenora is the daughter of very wealthy parents who seem to have no time for her and leave her with an inattentive nanny. The nanny takes Lenora to the library, hoping to make a quick stop, and Lenora manages to sneak away fro
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    Michelle
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    This story was very complex but was crammed into too few pages. With some more dedication to the character, this could have easily been a 4 part series. Great visuals but disappointingly few details from the character’s perspective.
    Chelsea
    Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    Really loved this book. Full of adventure and whimsy. Lenora is a fresh and spunky little protagonist and her pure heart and devotion to knowledge is so great to see. The story reflects society quite nicely, and it's a joy to watch Lenora fight back the darkness. Can't wait for the sequel. ARC received from NetGalley.
    Adriana
    Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: childrens
    This is such a cute story!
    And it espouses the fantastic benefits of books and knowledge, so it's also a great example for younger readers.
    Sedley Abercrombie
    Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Where Alice in Wonderland meets Intellectual Freedom, you will find Lenora, 11 year old freedom-fighter of knowledge. Fantasy is not really my favorite, but this one was a really easy read. Super fun too. I love the message - Knowledge is a Light. Well done.
    Roni Derossett
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was provided a complimentary digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    That said, this is exactly the kind of book I would have absolutely adored as a child, and I still loved it as an adult!

    Lenora is bored, bored, bored - stuck with a dull and inattentive nanny while her parents are off traveling and probably having all kinds of adventures without her. She spends all day every day being dragged from place to place as the nanny runs errands and visits all k
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    Michelle Leonard
    Thanks to @macmillankidsbooks and author Zeno Alexander for sharing this upcoming MG book with me. THE LIBRARY OF EVER releases 4/30/19. All opinions are my own.
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    Eleven-year-old Lenora escapes from her inattentive nanny through a secret portal at an arch in her local library and lands in the Library of Ever. This vast and most impressive of libraries extends through all of time –historical, present, and future– and exists as a space to seek and find facts and knowledge. Lenora is immediately con
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    Laura Hill
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The book will be published on April 30, 2019.

    A brilliantly imaginative story combining history, science, and the importance of knowledge into a children’s adventure story centered around the most impressive, awesome, majestic, humongous library of all time.

    Lenora — our eleven-year old heroine — escapes from her (luckily) inattentive n
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    Tate
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a wonderfully written, exciting tale of young Lanora and her adventures in the library. This book is brought to life by the storytelling and is carried by the fun adventures that Lanora finds while visiting the library.
    There are so many wonderful lessons that a reader can learn from this book. As a librarian I love the messages that are present in this book. I love how the author creates such a wonderful world inside the library full of amazing experiences, lessons, and imagination. I feel
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    Heather Brown
    The Library of Ever is a cute short book filled with big words, science, and most importantly FUN! Lenora is a reader, but until today couldn't get her nanny to go to the Library. Once inside, Lenora slips away and finds herself in a secret Library, and herself an apprentice librarian. Her adventures in Calendars has her traveling through time with a malfunctioning robot vizier and her time in Maps takes her around the globe (literally) as she talks to whales and penguins on her search for an an ...more
    Laura
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Join Lenora in the Library of Ever in her quest to become a librarian, help patrons, and discover more about herself and everything else!

    When Lenora's parents leave her with a nanny to travel the globe, book loving Lenora is frustrated with the adults who dictate her life. When at the library (so her nanny can get a book for the sole purpose of impressing someone), Lenora stumbles into the Library of Ever and is hired as a fourth
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    Wendy
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book . It portrays the true life of real librarians. (In our dreams) I had just done some research on Tardigrades before reading this book. So I was super excited to be introduced to a real life one. :) The only thing is I would have liked to have seen Lenora go to a "break room" and interact with other librarians. The book was very fast paced I would have liked to have seen her get a snack or ...more
    Jensen
    Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book is a complete delight. It's hard to describe, but it has a classic feel with a rambling plot similar to Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. I read it aloud to my kids, and I thought my 12-year-old might not be into it - it feels on the younger MG side - but she actually LOVED it. It's very unique and full of imagination. It's also quite different from many of the other library-set MGs out there.
    Lisa Lewis
    Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Macmillan’s Children School & Library for this ARC by Zeno Alexander. I loved The Library of Ever. It reads like a love letter to libraries and librarians. And Lenora is so brave and wise. All the stars! ...more
    Lucy Dixon
    Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a fun adventure book with an important message. As a librarian, I think all librarians are heroes and Lenora certainly is, making tough, daring choices all in the name of knowledge. Will there be a sequel? I certainly hope so.
    Susan
    Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: children-s
    Sooo good - I want to get a copy for my library. Loved it.
    Laurie
    Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Do you ever get bored and hope for adventure? Well, that is exactly what Lenora is facing. Her parents are off traveling the globe and they have left Lenora with a nanny. Lenora is so bored doing everything that the nanny wants to do, but when she has to stop off a the library, Lenora is thrilled. She sneaks away from the nanny so that she can go to the children's section. On the way she gets lost and ends up in a part of the library where she does not belong. This part of the library seemed muc ...more
    Laurie
    Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Interest Level: 3-6

    Do you ever get bored and hope for adventure? Well, that is exactly what Lenora is facing. Her parents are off traveling the globe and they have left Lenora with a nanny. Lenora is so bored doing everything that the nanny wants to do, but when she has to stop off a the library, Lenora is thrilled. She sneaks away from the nanny so that she can go to the children's section. On the way she gets lost and ends up in a part of the library where she does not belong. This part of the
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    Suzanne
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
    What is a girl to do when her parents are off on a trip to Europe and have left her in the care of a nanny who spends all her time visiting her own friends and dragging her charge along like excess luggage? Well, Lenora waits for the right moment and then makes a break for it. Being a smart girl our protagonist makes her move while they are at the library (so the nanny can check out a book to show off to her friends). As she searches for the children's section, Lenora encounters a strange arch t ...more
    Stacie
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Library of Ever, by Zeno Alexander, is a zany middle-grade adventure. Readers will delight in Lenora’s journey through the ultimate library, where anything - including time travel - is possible.

    We meet Lenora during her summer break, after her well-to-do, business-minded parents have left on a trip to Europe, leaving Lenora with an inattentive nanny. Lenora is stuck going around town everywhere the nanny wants to go, and is terribly bored. But when the nanny stops at the library, things get
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    Kimberly
    Thank you @kidlitexchange @macmillankidsbooks and @zalexanderbooks for the review copy of this MG book. All opinions are my own. It’s set to release 4.30.19.

    This is such a fun story full of wonderfully imaginative scenes and unique adventures. I adored Lenora. A young girl in love with the library and all of the knowledge that can be discovered amongst stories and books. She stumbles into a secret portal and finds herself in the Library of Ever where she quickly gets tasks as a “fourth assistan
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    Jaymie
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

    A fun young middle grade fantasy novel. Loved curious and insightful Lenora, always taking notes of her discoveries and questions. The trials/adventures she goes on are quickly resolved (1-2 chapters). This would work for bedtime or classroom reading. Don't expect this to be at the Percy Jackson-level of intricacy. To me this felt like more of an introduction to fantasy fo
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    Beth Mendelsohn
    Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-arc-s
    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Lenora, age 11, is bored out of her mind! Her wealthy parents are off on a world-wide cruise and Lenora is stuck with her inattentive nanny. While off doing errands (BORING!), they stop at the library. Lenora ditches her nanny and soon discovers a mysterious archway which leads to an enormous and wondrous library. The library has every book ever written in every culture. Lenora convinces Malachi, the C
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