The Library of Ever

The Library of Ever

The Library of Ever is 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 contains all the universe’s wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact...

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Title:The Library of Ever
Author:Zeno Alexander
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Edition Language:English

The Library of Ever Reviews

  • Lorie Barber

    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

    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 a doubt, be sharing this one with my students (maybe as a read aloud?) when it publishes in April.

    Bravo, Zeno Alexander.

  • Katie Reilley

    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

    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 is a light,” is so valuable in our current world climate, and I hope readers join forces with Lenora in learning these lessons:

    “Sometimes the thing everyone thinks is wrong.” (76)

    “Don’t let one minor setback throw you off track. No one is perfect.” (118).

    Publishing in April of 2019, I’m looking forward to sharing this one with my 4/5th grade students and am crossing my fingers for a sequel!

  • Ana

    "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

    "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 an honest review.

  • Jan farnworth

    This is the perfect type of middle grade novel if your a lover of knowledge. To set you the story and not give it all away we basically have Lenora who is bored and her parents never pay any attention to her. One day she gets dragged around town by her nanny and one of the stops is the library. Here where your adventure in knowledge awaits you if you dare to continue reading. Lenora is sucked into a world of danger when she is offered a job as Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. Now like all

    This is the perfect type of middle grade novel if your a lover of knowledge. To set you the story and not give it all away we basically have Lenora who is bored and her parents never pay any attention to her. One day she gets dragged around town by her nanny and one of the stops is the library. Here where your adventure in knowledge awaits you if you dare to continue reading. Lenora is sucked into a world of danger when she is offered a job as Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. Now like all middle grade novels or at least the ones i read you need to set your adult serious aside and just escape back to when you were little and all the rules of reality did not weight down your imagination. That why i pick up these books they are fast reads for me but they let me just have a fun jaunt of on adventure where things really don’t make sense.

    Lenora ends up answering and solving some really amazing quests as she progresses in her job. You learn fun facts and even may get inquisitive about what your reading enough to go pick up some other books and learn more about penguins, ants, or ancient languages that have been lost to time. If your a parent trying to entice your child to gain some new information or you have one who is naturally curious about things this may be just the book to scratch that itch.

  • Shan Salter

    @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

    @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 space and time travel, shrinking and unshrinking, and assisting a variety of library patrons from robots to ants.

    Lenora is a well-crafted character full of spirit and warmth. The library patrons are unique, memorable and colorful. The intensity is well paced and the evil ‘Forces of Darkness’, who seek to destroy all libraries and sources of knowledge, are just the right amount of scary.

    This page-turning adventure full of facts, twists, and turns is perfect for reader’s eight years and up. Additionally, teachers will love the endless project inspiration stemming from the interesting facts Lenora accumulates during her adventures. This a must read and will certainly be flagged as a kid lit classic in years to come.

  • Lisa

    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!

  • Beth Cato

    Oh my goodness, I adored

    . 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.

    Oh my goodness, I adored

    . 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. After seeing the boy get to the books he wants, a fantastic archway appears in what had been a blank wall. She walks through, and finds the Library of Ever.

    I envisioned her adventures in the library like a Hiyao Miyazaki anime. Everything is fantastical and weird, yet within this world, absolutely believable. Lenora is quickly dubbed a library worker of low rank, bestowed a badge and everything, and happily goes to work. As she helps patrons--jumping ahead in time to resolve a calendar issue, wandering a massive globe and befriending whales and penguins (and finding out some purported facts about the longest town name and highest mountain aren't true)--her rank advances, as do her responsibilities.

    While the book is sure fun, there's also a powerful message behind everything about the dangers of censorship and the power of knowledge. The men in bowler hats are a threatening force. As Lenora is scolded at one point, "I thought you were wise enough to understand that children must be discouraged from asking questions that will make them curious and fretful. Perhaps I overestimated you. After all, you're just a child yourself."

    "Maybe," said Lenora, with equal frost. "But I'm also a librarian. And I'm not going to hide the truth from anyone."

    Just typing that up again gives me chills. This book is powerful. It's charming. It's an inspiration. Plus, it's hilarious. Sure, there's a message, but it's wrapped up in whimsy and joy. This would be a great book to read aloud to a group or class. I found it to be a fast read, too; I zoomed through in about 45 minutes.

  • Laura Gardner

    Happy release day to this AMAZING 5 star book about a magical library and Lenora the librarian! Thanks to @imprintreads for sharing this book with #kidlitexchange. It is out TODAY. .

    Librarian friends, get your hands on this book ASAP. It reminds me of one of my childhood favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth, in all the best ways and is also reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451. Lenora (like Milo in TPT) is super bored until she enters a magical library and is appointed fourth assistant apprentice librari

    Happy release day to this AMAZING 5 star book about a magical library and Lenora the librarian! Thanks to @imprintreads for sharing this book with #kidlitexchange. It is out TODAY. .

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    Librarian friends, get your hands on this book ASAP. It reminds me of one of my childhood favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth, in all the best ways and is also reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451. Lenora (like Milo in TPT) is super bored until she enters a magical library and is appointed fourth assistant apprentice librarian. Lenora does our profession proud -- as a librarian she is curious, smart, trustworthy, highly respected and willing to help any and all who come to her with queries. Lenora travels to the future to help robots with a calendar problem, shrinks herself to assist a tardigrade with space travel and travels the world (on a large globe in the library) looking for a town with the longest name, befriending whales and penguins alike on her journey. Along the way she also proves herself to be courageous, particularly against enemies in bowler hats who recognize that "knowledge is light" and desire to suppress the free flow of "dangerous" information. Lenora is assisted by her boss, Malachi, a ten foot dark-skinned librarian who is both intimidating and comforting at once. Somehow all of this happens in less than 200 pages with the tantalizing promise of a sequel at the end. .

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    I was suspicious of this book when I read reviews -- it's hard to hook me on a fantasy novel these days for some reason -- but I was completely enchanted from start to finish. It's billed as an "instant classic" on the back of the book and I agree! I found myself gasping out loud at points and reading passages aloud to anyone who was nearby. I also love that the author, @zalexanderbooks, is a bit of a mystery so far -- he presents himself as merely chronicling Lenora's adventures into a biography series. How. Fun! I can't WAIT to get a copy of this book in my library and I'm even more excited to get my hands on the sequel in the future (April 2020!). Zeno Alexander, whoever you are -- thank you for seeing librarians as heroes and giving us our own series and heroine to love!!

  • Seema Rao

    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

    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 exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole Hewitt

    This was a fun story with a fantastic concept that appealed to a younger me immensely---finding a secret magical library and getting to work there? Yes, please! Lenora learns lots of new facts for her new library patrons and goes on a mini-adventure for each fact. My only complaint was that the story felt a little disjointed (the facts that Lenora learns don't have anything to do with each other) and I didn't feel a lot of connection to the MC or a sense of her feelings--there were really no sta

    This was a fun story with a fantastic concept that appealed to a younger me immensely---finding a secret magical library and getting to work there? Yes, please! Lenora learns lots of new facts for her new library patrons and goes on a mini-adventure for each fact. My only complaint was that the story felt a little disjointed (the facts that Lenora learns don't have anything to do with each other) and I didn't feel a lot of connection to the MC or a sense of her feelings--there were really no stakes until about 70% into the book. I loved the message that the book portrayed about the importance of the quest for knowledge--once I knew what Lenora was up against and why, I was more engaged with the story; I just wish it had happened a little sooner. Still, kids who love to learn about the world will get sucked into Lenora's fun and imaginative quests.

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