New Release Books by Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is the author of Max Einstein: Saves the Future (2020), Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game (2019), Welcome to Wonderland #4: Beach Battle Blowout (2019), Shine! (2019) and other 189 books.

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Max Einstein: Saves the Future

release date: Aug 31, 2020
Max Einstein: Saves the Future
The world''s #1 bestselling author has teamed up with the world''s most famous genius to entertain, educate and inspire a generation of kids--with the first and only kids'' book series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Albert Einstein + James Patterson = A Must Read! 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?

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game

release date: May 07, 2019
Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game
Mr. Lemoncello is going live with a brand-new televised BREAKOUT game! Discover what James Patterson calls "the coolest library in the world" in the fourth puzzle-packed adventure in Chris Grabenstein''s New York Times bestselling MR. LEMONCELLO series! Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages--are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello''s BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone''s invited to audition, but only a lucky few will be chosen to compete in front of millions of viewers in a brand-new, completely immersive live-action breakout game--with real kids as the playing pieces! Kyle Keeley is determined to be one of them. Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms in Mr. Lemoncello''s fantastic new Fictionasium by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and, in the end, break out of the library! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. Can Kyle break out of his own expectations--and win Mr. Lemoncello''s ultimate game show?

Welcome to Wonderland #4: Beach Battle Blowout

release date: Apr 16, 2019
Welcome to Wonderland #4: Beach Battle Blowout
"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five stars!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series Take a vacation in a book with this hilarious illustrated middle-grade series by Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and coauthor with James Patterson of the I Funny and House of Robots series! Welcome to the Wonderland Motel--the funnest place on earth! Contestants, start your engines! The race to be the best on the beach is on, and this year the Wonderland is FINALLY going to win! The competition is fierce! But who needs ROLLER COASTERS and JET PACKS and PIRATES when you have not one but two SECRET WEAPONS? That''s right--P.T. and Gloria, of course! Now they just need to SLEUTH OUT who the secret contest judges are and come up with enough brand-new attractions to WOW them and OUT-FUN the competition! Can they do it? Or will the Wonderland crash and burn? Anything''s possible when you live in the FUNNEST PLACE ON EARTH! Extras include P.T. and Gloria''s famous fact-or-fiction quiz and P.T.''s (Not Exactly) Patented Storytelling Tips! "So funny I fell off my bed!" --Izzy B., age 10

Shine!

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Shine!
When seventh-grader Piper''s father is hired by Chumley Prep, a school where every student seems to be the best at everything, she gets the chance to compete for the prestigious Excelsior Award.

Treasure Hunters: The Plunder Down Under

release date: Jun 01, 2020
Treasure Hunters: The Plunder Down Under
With their parents in trouble once again, the Kidds must traverse the Australian Outback, recover a pair of stolen gems, and defeat treasure-hunting pirates to save them! The Kidd family is on their way to Australia to find Lasseter''s Gold when they are challenged by fellow treasure hunter Charlotte Badger, who challenges them to a race to the gold! But when the Kidds pull into port in Australia, their parents are suddenly arrested -- they''ve been framed! It turns out Charlotte Badger is a pirate, and she''s planted a priceless stolen black opal on the Kidds'' ship, The Lost! Now Bick, Beck, Storm, and Tommy have seven days to traverse the Australian Outback, find Charlotte Badger and her pirate cronies, and bring back the evidence that will prove their parents innocent. If they fail, their parents will be found guilty and thrown in prison . . . forever!

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

release date: Oct 23, 2018
Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race
"Mr. Lemoncello holds a contest for his young friends where they must race to bring interesting facts back to his library"--

Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel

release date: May 04, 2020
Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel
Adapted from James Patterson''s #1 bestselling story, this hilarious and heartwarming graphic novel introduces Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can''t laugh at her! With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when it''s a bad idea--Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who''s hardly ever home. But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can''t entirely escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together...even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that''s who she really is? Bright, funny, and fast-paced artwork will have readers laughing their way through Jacky''s ha-ha-heartwarming story!

Scream and Scream Again!

release date: Jul 24, 2018
Scream and Scream Again!
A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses. Read it if you dare! With twenty never-before-published scary stories from some of the most popular authors today—including Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Corsi Staub, Heather Graham, Peter Lerangis, R.L. Stine, Bruce Hale, Emmy Laybourne, Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Morton, Ray Daniel, Beth Fantaskey, Phil Mathews, Carter Wilson, Doug Levin, Jeff Soloway, Joseph S. Walker, Alison McMahan, Daniel Palmer, Tonya Hurley, and Stephen Ross—it’s sure to leave readers screaming for more.

Welcome to Wonderland #3: Sandapalooza Shake-Up

release date: May 22, 2018
Welcome to Wonderland #3: Sandapalooza Shake-Up
"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five stars!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series Dive into summer fun with this hilarious illustrated middle-grade series by Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and coauthor with James Patterson of the I Funny and House of Robots series! Life''s a vacation when you live in the world''s wackiest motel! P.T. and his best friend, Gloria, are getting ready for St. Pete Beach''s first-ever Sandapalooza! The Wonderland''s biggest rival, the Conch Reef Resort, is doing everything it can to win the sand sculpture contest, but P.T. has bigger problems: The Wonderland has opened a new restaurant--the Banana Shack--and running a restaurant is harder than it looks! And to make matters worse, a royal guest''s priceless tiara has gone missing, and the prime suspect is the Wonderland''s beloved housekeeper! Can P.T. and Gloria win the contest, keep the restaurant going, and clear Clara''s name?

Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold

release date: Jan 15, 2018
Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
Gear up for an exciting adventure with the thrill-seeking Kidds as they search for a missing Incan city in South America made entirely of gold! When Bick and Beck Kidd find a hidden trove of pirate treasure, it includes a map with clues to an even bigger score: the lost Incan city of Paititi. But treasure hunting is never easy -- and when the map is stolen, the Kidds must rely on Storm''s picture-perfect memory to navigate the dangerous Amazon jungle. Watch out for that nest of poisonous snakes! To save the Amazon rainforest and stop a Peruvian tribe from losing their home, the Kidds must unlock the secrets to the missing map and find the fabled city of Paititi . . . before the bad guys find it first. The race is on!

Mr Lemoncello's Library Olympics

release date: Jan 04, 2018
Mr Lemoncello's Library Olympics
The second in the puzzle-tastic New York Times bestselling Mr Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein, award-winning author and co-author of many bestsellers with James Patterson! This time Mr Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr Lemoncello''s library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, Kyle and the other children will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is the deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to Escape from Mr Lemoncello''s Library. Let the games begin!

Home, Sweet Motel

release date: Apr 03, 2018
Home, Sweet Motel
"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel! Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There''s only one thing the Wonderland doesn''t have, though--customers. And if the Wonderland doesn''t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.''s middle name. With Gloria''s smarts and P.T.''s world-famous stories and schemes, there''s got to be a way to save the Wonderland! BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie''s outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say "Help! The toilet is clogged!" in over twenty languages! Here''s What People are saying about Welcome to Wonderland! "Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars! Kids who check into this madcap motel will want to stay forever!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series "So funny I fell off my bed!"--Izzy B., age 10 "Classic Grabenstein. The mystery should satisfy Grabenstein''s "Mr. Lemoncello" followers, and the humor and visuals will appeal to fans of his collaborations with James Patterson. This new series should be a hit."--School Library Journal "A delight. P.T. is a hoot and a half. A funny, madcap dash. Grabenstein . . . threads in a mystery that blooms in the last act and that puts this particular read over the top."--Kirkus Reviews "Charm galore. Easy and breezy, this well-paced novel . . . belongs in the hands of any readers wanting their bad guys bad, their good guys great, and a little of Wonderland''s promised fun in the sun."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books

Super Puzzletastic Mysteries

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries
At head of title: Chris Grabenstein presents.

Laugh Out Loud

release date: Aug 28, 2017
Laugh Out Loud
Get ready to Laugh Out Loud (a lot!) with James Patterson''s illustrated middle grade story of a twelve-year-old boy starting his own book company for kids. Jimmy loves reading so much that he''s inspired to start a book company for kids -- run by kids. It''s a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy. Some would even say it''s laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But that doesn''t stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka''s chocolate factory . . . with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea (and maybe win the Lotto). In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children''s book favorites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what!

Mr Lemoncello's Great Library Race

release date: Jul 05, 2018
Mr Lemoncello's Great Library Race
Everyone''s favourite game maker, Mr Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! Kyle must compete in a great race - by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello''s corporate banana jet! - to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. But then a few surprising ''facts'' surface about Mr Lemoncello . . . Could Kyle''s hero be a fraud? Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before it''s GAME OVER for Mr Lemoncello . . . !

The Demons' Door

release date: Aug 22, 2017
The Demons' Door
Previously published as The Hanging Hill. From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and coauthor of I Funny and Treasure Hunters, comes a series of spine-tingling mysteries to keep you up long after the lights go out. Every theater has its demons. At this one? They’re real. Zack is staying at the Hanging Hill summer theater, a place where he and his family hope to recover from the fiery fallout of Zack’s last ghostly encounter. The theater is all set to stage Zack’s stepmother’s play . . . or so they think. What Zack doesn’t know is that the director has another show in mind, and that production requires a child born under a full moon. A child who will not survive opening night. And Zack? He was born under a full moon. Zack has battled evil spirits before, but this time he’ll learn that just because it’s a playhouse doesn’t mean that the ghosts are playing. Read all of Chris Grabenstein''s Haunted Mysteries! The Crossroads The Demons'' Door The Zombie Awakening The Black Heart Crypt

The Zombie Awakening

release date: Aug 22, 2017
The Zombie Awakening
Previously published as The Smoky Corridor. From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and coauthor of I Funny and Treasure Hunters, comes a series of spine-tingling mysteries to keep you up long after the lights go out. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It just doesn’t usually come from the grave. The basement of Zack’s new school is hiding something, or rather someones. Two ghosts, to be exact—Joseph and Seth Donnelly, brothers who perished in a suspicious fire. But the ghosts are the least of Zack''s problems. It’s what they warn Zack about that has him truly frightened: there’s an evil zombie lurking beneath the school. Fortunately, Zack has some new friends, Malik and Azalea, who can help in his paranormal adventures. Together they’ll attempt to dodge the zombie, a treasure-seeking hit man, a voodoo-savvy ghost just waiting fora new body, and more. But will they survive until recess or end up on the lunch menu? Read all of Chris Grabenstein''s Haunted Mysteries! The Crossroads The Demons'' Door The Zombie Awakening The Black Heart Crypt

Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library

release date: Jul 06, 2017
Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library
Join Kyle as he uses all his gamer skills to solve the puzzle that is Mr Lemoncello''s extraordinary library. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets A Night in the Museum in this the action-packedNew York Times bestseller from Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny and other bestselling series with James Patterson! Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games - board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most famous and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the town''s brand-new super library that is as much a home for tech and trickery as it is for stories. Kyle is lucky enough to win a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for a puzzle-packed lock-in on the library''s opening night, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret riddle to find the hidden escape route . . . !

Our Story Begins

release date: Jul 04, 2017
Our Story Begins
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere… For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft. For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories. Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?

Pottymouth and Stoopid

release date: Jun 12, 2017
Pottymouth and Stoopid
In this "superwonderrific" New York Times bestseller (Jerry Spinelli), two bullied middle-school boys finally fight back with the power of funny. David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" are still stuck with the names -- and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone''s minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! And this important story delivers more than just laughs -- it shows that the worst bullying isn''t always physical . . . and that things will get better. A great conversation starter for parents to read alongside their kids! Official Notice to Parents:There is no actual pottymouthing or stupidity in this entire book!(Psst, kids: that second part might not be entirely true.)

Welcome to Wonderland #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey

release date: May 23, 2017
Welcome to Wonderland #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey
From Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his new illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel! There’s always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world’s wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie—Beach Party Surf Monkey—right in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (crazed fans? missing stars?), it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up! BONUS: Includes fun extras like P.T. and Gloria’s Famous Fact-or-Fiction Quiz: Movie Edition

Treasure Hunters: All-American Adventure

release date: Jun 10, 2019
Treasure Hunters: All-American Adventure
The U.S.A. is in danger... Only the Kidds can find the treasure that will save it! Bick, Beck, Storm and Tommy are stuck in Washington, D.C. without any priceless antiques to hunt--BORING! But everything changes when the Kidds uncover a dastardly conspiracy: a fake Bill of Rights! Now they''re crisscrossing the country in a race to prove the document is a forgery. But the key to exposing the conspiracy may have been under their noses the whole time. And if they don''t find it soon, the U.S.A. as we know it could be gone forever...

Home Sweet Motel

release date: Apr 03, 2018
Home Sweet Motel
Loving everything about his life at the Wonderland Motel, where he enjoys concession foods, the pool and more, enthusiastic storyteller P. T. Wilkie teams up with his clever friend, Gloria, to save the motel from being shut down due to lack of busine

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

release date: Oct 08, 2018
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids'' imaginations! Max leads a group of kid geniuses in this #1 New York Times bestseller officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives. Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She . . . Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes Builds inventions to help the homeless And talks to Albert Einstein! (Okay, that''s just in her imagination) But everything changes when Max is recruited by a mysterious organization! Their mission: solve some of the world''s toughest problems using science. She''s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that''s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn''t get to her first . . . Max Einstein is a heroine for the modern age and will be looked up to by readers for generations to come. "[A] fast-paced, science-filled caper." -- The Wall Street Journal

Rolling Thunder

release date: Nov 15, 2021
Rolling Thunder
A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.
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