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Snicket,  Lemony.
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0060288884
Booktalk #1

Everything was going well for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire until one day their house burned down and their parents died. After their parents died, they were sent to live with an evil man named Count Olaf who was trying to get their fortune. The children realized what he was up to and finally the police figured it out, too, but Count Olaf got away. The children were sent to live somewhere else, but Count Olaf found them so they keep moving to different places. In #5 the children are sent to live at a preparatory school and go to school there. The vice principal was evil and made the children do unfair work because they were orphans. They had to live in a terrible shack. Finally they met some people who were orphans, too and became friends with them. Count Olaf found them there too, but he got away before the children and Mr.Poe could catch him. He got away and now the three children have to go live somewhere else and hope that Count Olaf doesn't find them there. Will he find them?  (Sami, student, Musselman Middle School. Bunker Hill, WV

Booktalk #2

In this book Violet, Klaus, and sunny are the main characters. After their parents died in a fire their whole life changed in a whole new way. First they were going to go live with a long lost relative, Count Olaf. Afterwards they’re sent to a school, Austre Academy, to be exact. This school wasn’t a real picnic in the park. The children had to live in storage full of hay, but they managed to make it seem like home sweet home. Their principal resented the orphans. At that school, Count Olaf was disguised as a coach. He would wear the orphans out so they would fail their exam, get kicked out of the Austre Academy, and live with Count Olaf. At the end Count Olaf’s disguise was revealed. Once the principal found out he wasn’t a real coach Count Olaf ran away and took the orphans only friends, the twins.
                      The theme is if you stick together you can accomplish anything or almost anything. In the book the three orphans stick together in bad situations. They made it so the situation is not quite as bad as it really is.
                      The reason I enjoyed this book is because of the plots that occurred in it. When I was reading the book it made me want to turn page after page. What I thought was clever was the mystery of Count Olaf’s history wasn’t revealed in this book, so it makes you want to read the book that comes after this one.  (Araceli F., student)

Booktalk #3

There are three kids named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. They get themselves into trouble that they can't get themselves out of. Along the way they meet Carmelita Spats. Well Count Olaf is trying to steal the Baudelaire fortune and won't stop trying to until he gets it.
                            The theme of this book is if you work together you can achieve more. In the book Violet, Klaus, and Sunny stick together and help each other out.
                        This book is my favorite out of all the Serious Of Unfortunate Events. I think these books are interesting and exciting at the same time.  (Elise C., student)

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Boarding schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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