Chris Grabenstein In-Person Visit
March 2024Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author. His books for children include Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which was in the top 10 of the middle-grades bestseller list for 111 weeks. The book has been nominated for 44 different children’s choice state book awards and has won 22. It was also turned into a movie on Nickelodeon. He also wrote the best sellers Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race and The Island of Dr. Libris, as well as the award-winning Welcome to Wonderland, Haunted Mystery and Riley Mack series. He is the co-author of several fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson such as I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Jacky Ha-Ha and Word of Mouse. He also wrote the play Curiosity Cat. A former improvisational comedian (he was in the same New York City troupe as Bruce Willis), he performed onstage with the late Robin Williams. In the 1980s, he wrote scripts for Jim Henson and The Muppets. Grabenstein lives in New York City with his wife, J.J. To learn more about Chris, visit Chris GrabentsteinWe would like to thank our sponsors for supporting our visit with Chris Grabenstein: The New Albany Foundation, the IS PTO, and NAWN.
by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2013
Can twelve 12-year-olds escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created?
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library plunks a dozen sixth-graders into the middle of a futuristic library for a night of nonstop fun and adventure.
In a nod to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this fast-paced new novel features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes a group of children into a fantasy setting full of weird, wondrous touches.
Kyle is a game fan—board games, word games, and especially video games! Kyle’s hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello, is the genius behind the design of the town’s new public library, which contains not only books, but an IMAX theater, an electronic learning center, instructional holograms, interactive dioramas and electromagnetic hover ladders that float patrons up to the books they want.
Lucky Kyle wins a spot as one of the first twelve kids invited to a gala, overnight library lock-in filled with lots of fun and games. But the next morning, when the lock-in is supposed to be over, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the others must follow book-related clues and unravel all sorts of secret puzzles to find the hidden escape route if they want to win Mr. Lemoncello’s most fabulous prize ever.
by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2022
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?!
by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2021
12-year-old Jake’s middle school is about to be shut down. Jake and his friends know their school’s worth saving—if they could only figure out how! When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But—uh-oh—those weren’t just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom’s conference is in the process of developing the first ingestible knowledge pills. And THAT’S what Jake ate.
Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven’t been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are good people! Can Jake navigate all the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school!) AND use his smarts to figure out how to save his school? (Hint—it will take someone smart enough to decipher an almost forgotten pirate legend!) It turns out, sometimes even the smartest kid has a lot to learn!
by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2020
Max is back with a thrilling new adventure that involves time travel, creepy bad guys, killer drones, and a shocking mystery about her past that she will stop at nothing to solve!
Under constant danger of being kidnapped by the shadowy Corporation, Max is on the run from New York to London and beyond. But soon the call comes for the Change Maker kids’ next mission: make sure no kid ever goes hungry again! If anyone can tackle a problem this big, Max and her genius friends can.
But mysterious clues about her past keep distracting Max’s focus. She always wanted to know who her parents were and why they abandoned her as a baby. If she manages to build a time machine, she could find them and get all the answers! What’s more important—her past, or the future of the Change Makers?
by Chris Grabenstein and James Patterson Year Published: 2015
Jamie Grimm is back and better than ever in the third episode of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s bestselling I Funny series. Finding himself one step closer to his dream of being crowned the best kid comic on the planet, Jamie faces his biggest challenge and funniest challengers yet.
After scoring big on national TV in the semifinals contest, everyone back home is jumping on the Jamie Grimm bandwagon, and all the attention might be going to his head. Not only are his friendships starting to suffer, but the pressure of coming up with his best material ever for the ultimate standup act to snag the final win in Hollywood is pushing Jamie to the brink. Suddenly, life isn’t looking very funny anymore. Can Jamie take the grand prize without pushing away his fans, friends and family?
We have digital books!
Our library collections continue to expand with physical books and digital books. Students can borrow digital books using our site hosted by OverDrive. The Sora app can be downloaded to any device to access the digital collection. Students can borrow two ebooks or audiobooks for a 28 day loan period. They can also place holds and put in requests for additional titles to be added. To begin borrowing, students will need to enter his or her username and password.username: last name.# (ex: smith.3)password: first initial, powerschool ID #, last name initial (ex: j654321p)