Mr. Lemonchello’s Library Olympics


  • Written by: Chris Grabenstein
  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0780
  • Series: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (January 5, 2016)

Summary: Seventh grader, Kyle Keeley, has lived his whole life without a town library. For the past twelve years one has been in the works, made by a mysterious billionaire. The secretive rich guy, turns out to be Mr. Lemoncello, the worlds most famous game inventor. As expected, his library is not just a home for books, but also a place of games. 12 of the students from Kyle’s grade are selected to stay the night in the library, but when they wake up in the morning, the biggest game Mr. Lemoncello has ever been apart of ensues. Kyle quickly learns that he must work with his classmates, in order to get out of the most eccentric library in the world.

5 keywords: Fiction, Interactive Story, Middle Grade Reader, Adventurous, Chapter Book. 

Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Suggested Delivery: Independent read. 

Electronic Resources: Use this prior to reading the book, to help students get a preface to the story.’s Library

These are comprehension questions that go chapter by chapter. Have the students use these as they read to evaluate their own comprehension of the story, as if they cannot answer these, then they need change something.


This is the authors website, where there are interviews, discussion guides and puzzles for students and teachers to utilize.

Teaching guide – My favorite part about this teaching guide is the speaking and listening section. It can be hard to find a reading guide that focuses on this, but it is an essential part of ELA!

Key Vocabulary: 

Stealthy – Quiet and secret

Rotunda – A large room with a dome

Corinthian – Ancient Greece

Mammoth – Something that is very large

Book Repository – Where large amounts of books are stored

Athenaeum – Library

Indubitably – Certain to be true

Eccentric – When someone is strange or unique

Rebus – A puzzle made up of pictures, symbols and letters that created a word or phrase

Ornithologist – Someone who studies birds

Juggernaut – Something that is so powerful it cannot be stopped

Loblolly  – A type of pine tree that is a source of timber

Before: Prior to reading, have the student read through some reviews of this book. Ask them to make predictions about the story, and as they read have them self-reflect.

During: While reading, have the student come up with questions for the author, Chris Grabenstein. These should be questions that do not have yes or no answers, and should be thoughtfully put together.

After: After reading the story, have the student write a prediction about what they think the next book in this series will be like. How will the author continue to challenge the characters? How have these characters change from the beginning to ending of this book? How will they change in the next story? They should conclude this activity by asking questions about the book. 

Writing Activity: Have the student make rebus’s to summarize the story. The whole summary can be done like this, or a few phrase of words in each sentence. Students are recalling literal information as they do this, as well as thinking creatively to write about it. If they have read and understood the rebus’s present in the book then they will also be able to come up with a few themselves.


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