Tales of a rollicking good time at boarding school with fun classes and friendly chums will not appear in this darkly humorous story from the Series of Unfortunate Events series. Three unfortunate siblings encounter sour classmates and mean-spirited teachers, along with a host of other dreadful situations. At such short notice, it's lucky that the Baudelaires were able to find room at boarding school. Even though the dormitory is full, there's sure to be "somewhere" for them to sleep. It's important to be well rested for school — or in case of an emergency. It's fortunate too that the siblings will have a chance to meet some other children. Even though some students are rude, or possibly a part of an evil scheme, there's hope that the Baudelaires will make some friends. A good friend can be a great help in a pinch. The children will even have the chance to take part in a unique athletic program. Even with a sketchy instructor, they will develop strong legs. Strong legs can come in handy for sports — or to run for your life. With some good sleep, nice friends, a solid education, and strong legs, the Baudelaires will hopefully be as well prepared as they can, just in case their time at school turns out to be another wretched episode in a series of unfortunate events. Follow these poor children as they amuse your middle-grader with tales of suffering at the Austere Academy.