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    "Shouldn't You Be in School?"

    by Lemony Snicket

    In this "autobiographical" mystery, young Lemony Snicket begins his apprentice as a professional investigator. Fan of Lemony Snicket won't be disappointed! "A must-have."—SLJ

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The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Illustrator: Brett Helquist

Series: Series of Unfortunate Events (Book #1)

Interest Level:
6-8

Lexile Framework:
1010L

Grade Level Equivalent:
6.1

Guided Reading Level:
V

Age:
11-13

Genre:
Adventure, Comedy and Humor

Subject:
Siblings, Action and Adventure Heroes, Cooperation and Teamwork, Determination and Perseverance, Adoption and Foster Care, Cleverness

About This Book

When the Baudelaire children become orphans, they are sent to live with a distant relative. Fourteen-year-old Violet, twelve-year-old Klaus, and baby Sunny are very unhappy in their new home. Will Count Olaf succeed in his evil plan to steal their inheritance?

It's a good thing that Violet Baudelaire has a real knack for inventing things. When misery comes to call, the right invention at the right time can mean everything. It's also fortunate that her brother, Klaus, has read lots of books and knows many important things, like how to tell an alligator from a crocodile and who killed Julius Caesar. When everything that can possibly go wrong does, a small fact can be vital. It's lucky, too, that Sunny Baudelaire, the youngest sibling, likes to bite things. Even though she is an infant, and scarcely larger than a boot, she has four very big and sharp teeth. When trouble comes along, sharp teeth can save the day. But most of all, it is good fortune that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are as sturdy and resilient as they are, for ahead of these three children lies a seemingly infinite series of unfortunate events.

While at the beach, three likeable yet unlucky children receive terrible news and more trouble than they ever expected. While it's true that the events that unfold in Lemony Snicket's novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you'd hope, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens and Edward Gorey.


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