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The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 5)
The Austere Academy - A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 5
Author: Lemony Snicket
Dear Reader, — If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire arc intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episod...  more
ISBN-13: 9780064408639
ISBN-10: 0064408639
Publication Date: 8/31/2000
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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3.9 stars, based on 270 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 5) on + 136 more book reviews
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Another fun episode in the lives of the unlucky Baudelaire orphans (fun for the reader, but not for the protagonists). Violet, Klaus and Sunny wind up (naturally) at the world's worst boarding school.

The plots of these books are pretty predictable, but I love the wordplay. I laughed out loud several times while reading this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful series for preteen and young adult, as well as adult. Awesome for family reading time; fun to share and discuss in a group. The series got a little too dark for me, so I stopped reading it, but with all hopes of continuing in future. I still love the series!
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I LOVE Lemony Snicket books! They're funny and odd! Great to read with your child.
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Some people have said that "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is stupid and boring. These people clearly missed the point of the series.

Admittedly the story line itself doesn't sound all that great: three kids who have a very sad life, and it keeps getting worse.

But the real thrill in the book is how the author weaves this complicated, and tangled mystery throughout, leaving just enough clues to keep you interested. The minute you solve one mystery, three more open up! It is absolutely brilliant! The ones who call this series 'boring' clearly missed the complex subtleties in the story.

The main reason I love this series is the author's way with words. Part of the clues he weaves throughout the books involve word usage. He also occasionally breaks the rules of how a book is written. (For example, in one chapter you have to hold the book up to a mirror to see what it says!) There is a surprise that is wholly unique in each and every book.

And though it may seem strange, I found the series encouraging. The reality is, all of our lives are a bit unfortunate (some more than others) and the books' real moral is how people can overcome all obstacles, even the permanent ones, by maintaining their own self-worth.

This is a very sophisticated satirical series.
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It was AWESOME!!
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My son loved this book, and I really enjoyed reading it to him. Not much element of surprise with these books, but they are fun.
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We loved the whole series.

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