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Snicket, Lemony
New York : HarperCollins, 1999
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 0060283130
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

The three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are orphans. Their parents died in a horrible fire that also destroyed their home. They were then sent to live with a distant relative – a strange and scary man named Count Olaf. It didn’t take the children long to discover that Count Olaf was only interested in the large amount of money their parents had left them. Money that would be his once he’d gotten rid of the orphans….

The Baudelaires successfully escaped Count Olaf’s clutches in book 1, but given that this is a “series of unfortunate events” readers should not be surprised when he reappears in Book 2, disguised as the assistant of their new guardian, Montgomery Montgomery. Uncle Monty is a herpetologist - a scientist who works with snakes. He travels all over the world looking for unusual specimens to bring back to his laboratory to study.

The orphans try to warn Uncle Monty, but he doesn’t believe them. They know its only a matter of time before Count Olaf does something terrible. Can they stop him in time? Can they stop him at all?
(Susan Dunn, Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)

Booktalk #2

It's about three orphans living with a snake guy. There's a bad guy that wants their fortune and triess to kidnap them. That's all.  (Kenny, student, Musselman Middle School. Bunker Hill, WV

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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