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Publisher's Summary

Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times best-selling Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!
What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy's spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there's Dr. Libris' private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It's almost as if the stories he's reading are coming to life! But that's impossible... isn't it?
©2015 Chris Grabenstein (P)2015 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"A wonderful tale... This book is like no other I’ve read. It’s a complete original." (James Patterson)
"Grabenstein follows up his best-selling Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library (2013) with another playful title paying homage to classic works of literature. Effortlessly readable and a whole lot of fun." (Booklist Reviews)
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By K8Sonny on 11-20-16

Just "Meh"

I usually agree with the reviews of the books we purchase and listen to, but in this case my whole family (kids ages 9 and 12 plus adults) would rate this book just so-so. It's not very exciting; the narrator speaks a lot more slowly than many other narrators; the story just isn't all that compelling. It sort of reminds me of a slightly older version of any of the Magic Treehouse books. If you didn't find those boring and predictable, you might like this one. We are slogging through it but are all looking forward to it being over.

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By Kristie Michalowski on 04-05-15

Really like this for older elementary students

Love how the book includes classic literature that kids might have heard of but never thought to read.., and will want to after listening to this story. We see friendship, parents having trouble, bullies and much more. Think this would appeal to boys since main characters are boys, but girls will like also. Love how one's imagination can get one into situations that require quick thinking. Highly recommend audio.

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By Maara Strickland on 03-12-17

Absolutely fantastic

Narrator is excellent😊
Story is so interesting. My eight year old loved it and we also enjoyed mr lemonchello 😀😀😀

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