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A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy

A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy

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by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist, Michael Kupperman

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As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home Prufrock Preparatory School, they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento Mori or "Remember you will die." This is not a cheerful greeting and certainly marks an inauspicious beginning to a very bleak story



As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home Prufrock Preparatory School, they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento Mori or "Remember you will die." This is not a cheerful greeting and certainly marks an inauspicious beginning to a very bleak story just as we have come to expect from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got worse.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Kupperman has done many illustrations for such publications as Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He frequently writes scripts for DC Comics. This is his first book.

Brief Biography

Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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Austere Academy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
PS77 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately for the Baudelaire orphans, bad luck is the only luck they know. Unlike the Baudelaire orphans, we are lucky enough to have a mysterious writer named Lemony Snicket share with everyone just how bad that luck can get. New troubles are waiting for the orphans in The Austere Academy, the fifth book in the collection known as The Series of Unfortunate Events. This book is a one of my favorites because of all of the riveting adventures the orphans face. If you are looking for a book spending a lovely time at boarding school, I would suggest putting the back on the shelf and look elsewhere. Seeing as how they've already gone through several foster homes with calamitous results, Violet, Klaus, and the baby, Sunny, are being sent to Prufrock Preparatory school. There they meet some of ho-hum teachers that can be found anywhere. Let's start with Vice Principal Nero, who loves playing the violin (even though he is horribly bad) and imitating what others say. Next we'll talk about Mrs. Bass, Klaus's teacher. She is obsessed on measuring things, unlike violet's teacher, Mr. Remora, who tells irksome stories then tests his class on the details. Since Sunny is too young for school, Vice Principal Nero appointed her as his administrative assistant. I recommend this book for children of the ages 12+. When I started reading the series, I was at the age of 12 and I couldn't stop reading them. Each book leaves you seeking what will happen next and earning for more adventure. In this book, teachers aren't the only problem. None of the students were very welcoming. The Baudelaire orphans were sent to a toe-pinching crab and dripping ceiling fungus infested cottage. The Baudelaires manage to make two new friends: the Quagmire Triplets, fellow orphans, except there were only two of them because one of the siblings died. Of course the Baudelaire's life wouldn't be complete without the shifty Count Olaf, who is always trying to get the Baudelaire fortune. When I started reading this book, I was lost in the book's thrilling plot. Then I started to see foreshadowing through out it. This became very suspenseful and I earned for more. I enjoyed reading the books throughout the series, but this one is by far my favorite. I really loved this book from cover to cover. Some of my favorite things about this book are the Quagmire twins and how they all of a sudden were gone. When the brilliant Baudelaire children figured out Count Olaf's scheme to get the Baudelaire fortune, I was relieved that everything went okay with the twins. I also liked how witty the children were. I really loved this book. If I was a critic, I would give this book five stars in a heartbeat and two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this whole series and i here there is a fourteenth book coming out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a mysterious, unpredictable ,page turning book, then this is your book! I personally was a big fan of this book. I read the whole thing in about 2 hours! This is actually my second time reading this series, I read it back a couple years ago. Anyways, even though it is a little sad I stil think it is a must-read! Enjoy!(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so intresting but count olaf is creepy he every where and i want to find out what V.F.D mean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series
Hamida Newsome More than 1 year ago
Luv the books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series.
Emma Jones More than 1 year ago
amazing series! i read all of the books an loved them. lemony snicket is a great author! of course, the book had to end sadly. great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Klaus, Violet, and Sunny are going to a boarding school. Nero, the principal is always mimicking the children to make them annoyed. The new girl, Carmelita Spatts is always telling the Baudelaire children what to do and calls them names. They try to figure out why Count Olaf is wearing a turban to be like their gym teacher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besr book ive ever read man GO CAKE SNIFFERS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket is the best ever Awsome cool fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need to read the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is so much excitement and action in this book that I never wanted to put it down. In the Austere Academy, written by Lemony Snicket, three young siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, join Prufrock Preparatory School. They are on a jouney to being able to find out that they are going to be facing snapping crabs, dripping fungi, horrible violin recitals, S.O.R.E, very strict punishments, and most of all, Count Olaf's ridiculous plan. While the three siblings are attending Prufrock Preparatory School they will meet two of the three triplets, Duncan and Isadora, who become their friends and now find out about Olaf's plan. But will Duncan and Isadora help save them from Olaf? Are they willing to put their lives in jeopardy to save their friends? Do you want to know what S.O.R.E. means? Find out the answers to these questions by reading this wonderful and suspenseful book!! I liked how this book kept my attention and I recommend it to anyone over the age of ten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book beacause of the shack, the odd motto, the mean people at school,the twins, the mean princapl Nero, count olaf with S.O.R.E., and olaf getting away with the twins and it leaves you in suspense when one of the twins says something (cant remeber but leaves you in suspense^-^)
Anonymous 16 days ago
TAMARA: "NO!" I yelled as I slammed my door. No. I was not going to spend my freakin Christmas break in the middle of nowhere. I pulled down my atlas from 4th grade off my bookshelf. I ran the conversation from the past 5 minutes through my pounding head. <p> "Tamara, listen, it will not be that bad." "That bad?! Fine! You can move to Ohio then! My mother stared at me with her infuriatingly calm blue eyes. "Idaho, Tam. And you're not moving there! Just spending Christmas break. <p> "Yeah, 2 weeks. That's freaking forever! Do you want to get rid of me for Christmas?" <p> "l'm not trying to get rid of you but Will-your father wanted to see you." <p> "Send Katie to Florida instead! She can come see us!" My mom's eyes clouded a little. "Kaylynn," she emphasised. "Has a few obstacles. It's too hard to get her down here comfortably." She smiled. "Break's 1 week. You should start packing." <p> And cue the moment I storm off to my room. I sat on my bed, trying to find where on earth Iowa was. Idaho. I had to remind myself. I was about to give up on finding it in America and starting my search in Canada when I found it. Pretty much in Canada. Great. <p> KAYLYNN: I lay on my bedroom floor, head spinning. Tamara. The sister I never knew l had. I sat up, sitting on hands still to stop the shaking. It had been already 2 hours since my dad told me what he planned. I was extremely excited actually but my fury at my dad for never telling me enveloped me. Bringing on the minor attack.<p> I was pretty much okay now. Now I thought of my sister. I didn't ask questions about her because I mentally collapsed from shock and anger. But, like I said, I was okay now. <p> But what did she look like? I laughed at myself when I thought that. Dad said we were identical twins. But she must be different than me. She grew up in Florida and probably was popular and had lots of friends. Maybe she could give me a few tips. A sudden thought came to my head. What if... she was like ME? I bit my lip. No one deserved that. I sat, concerned now. "Please, I whispered. "Please let her be different."
Anonymous 18 days ago
I sat down at the first year table. Luna lovegood a girl by me with the blondest hair I had ever seen began to tell me all about hogwarts. " I can't wait for the sorting hat. I hope i get in gryfndoor. Hufflepuff would'nt be to bad nor Rravenclaw but Slytheryn now way. " "Oohh look the sorting hat." Cried several children. " Welcome to Hogwarts I am the headmaster and I hope for a great year." Said Albus a man with long silver hair and a croked nose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Carmelita would say... Count Olaf is a cakesniffer. He's horrible and I wish he would die... Gahhhh just die already Olaf! You're a freaking snowman now! Reply to me via roblox! My username: TheAbsolGaming
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I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 It is an exciting book The Austere Academy of Series of Unfortunate events. If you did not read the series. It is about orphans (Sunny, Violet and Klaus) parents died in a fire. The villain Count Olaf trying to get the fortune they have. In this book they are at a academy where someone unsuspecting shows up. When I saw this book I remember my brother reading me the series. My brother stopped at this book so I wanted to read it. I love this book so much so I hope you read it to.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U cant all you can do is archive them
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