Cover image for "Shouldn't you be in school?"
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 4-6-In this installment of series that precedes "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins), 13-year-old Lemony Snicket must work together with his incompetent chaperone to figure out who is burning down all of the buildings in the quaint town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Snicket is part of a special program, the V.F.D., and spends his days sleuthing with his chaperone, Theodora, in an attempt to catch the elusive and mysterious Hangfire, who is supposedly to blame for all of the mysterious happenings in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Together, he and his friends must uncover the town's secrets and thwart Hanfire's attempt to burn down the library. But everything gets even more complicated when Hangfire manages to frame the librarian for arson, and Snicket is left questioning the trustworthiness of his friends. This series carries the same sarcastic charm of the "Unfortunate Events" books and will have young readers chuckling out loud. The characters are all fun and quirky in their own right, and the mystery is well developed and enticing. The illustrations add an extra dimension to the story, and the author does a fantastic job of incorporating mini vocabulary lessons into each chapter. Fans of Snicket's previous outings will devour the latest entry.-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.