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Title:
"Shouldn't you be in school?"
Author:
Snicket, Lemony, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition, September 2014.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
325 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Young Lemony Snicket investigates a rash of fires that have plagued the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, revealing secrets that involve the Department of Education and the notorious villain Hangfire.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 7.0 169079.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780316123068
Format :
Book

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Summary

Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.
Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?
Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?
Maybe you should be in school?


Author Notes

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, who was born on February 28, 1970. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of and appears as a character in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also written or contributed to other works using this pen name including Baby in the Manger, The Lump of Coal, The Composer Is Dead, and Where Did You See Her Last?.

Under his real name, Handler is the author of several books for adults including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Have you figured it out yet? Why are so many terrible things happening in Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Who can our narrator, one young Lemony Snicket, trust? Where is the Bombinating Beast statue? What is to be accomplished by burning down the town's buildings? Is it just possible we are asking all the wrong questions? It's the title of the series, for goodness sake! And even Lemony laments he has the incorrect questions, albeit often the right answers. If you haven't read the two previous titles, there's no point in picking up this one. Go back, young adventurer, and start with Who Could It Be at This Hour? (2013). We'll wait. (Well, no, we don't have time to wait.) Though looking carefully at the wonderfully retro woodcuts illustrated by Seth would help pass the time. A hopeful note: Snicket does seem to be getting closer to figuring things out. And he's both brave and philosophical. Is that a good combination? Alas, probably the wrong question.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Lemony and his nitwit chaperone are still trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding their fading town, Stain'd-by-the Sea. Things heat up, literally, as young Snicket investigates a case of arson that leads to more mysteries involving the Department of Education, the notorious villain Hangfire, and the town's school children. The plot moves along quickly in Snicket's gloomy, deadpan style of writing as the main character, young Lemony Snicket, tries to figure out who to trust and what questions to ask. Liam Aiken's narration is uneven, though. He creates unique voices for most of the characters, but falters with young Snicket's personal reflections. Conveying feelings of loneliness and gloom through a monotone reading is hard to listen to and fails to engage listeners. They will want to consume this series in order, and may prefer the print format for this particular offering.-Terri Norstrom, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville, IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.