A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy [NOOK Book]

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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 just as we have come to expect from Lemony Snickett′s Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with ...

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy

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Overview

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 Snickett′s Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got worse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757174
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events , #5
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 40,556
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. 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.

Biography

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & Noble.com. "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

Good To Know

Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. 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.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

    The Austere Academy

    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.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    LUV THE SERIES

    I just love this whole series and i here there is a fourteenth book coming out!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    The bauldiers rule

    This book is so intresting but count olaf is creepy he every where and i want to find out what V.F.D mean.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Jeb Bennett

    I love the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Great book

    Need to read the series

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Love my favorite series Love

    My favorite series

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Lemony Snicket Rocks

    Luv the books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    amazing

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    The Book was Good.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Very good book!

    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!(:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Yay i lovethis book

    Besr book ive ever read man GO CAKE SNIFFERS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Asome books

    Lemony Snicket is the best ever
    Awsome cool fun

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Best ever

    I love this book;)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Good!!

    Really good series i reccomend it but read 1-4 first

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Another great book by Lemony Snicket. Read it now!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    I want a hot dog with... o hello ill review this book for ya ^-^

    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^-^)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Awesome

    These books are always so good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    I read

    I raesgejdhehjhdhehhdwgeydhdhegddjxvdjwjwhdhd3*3*$-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Awesome

    This is one of my favorite of the series. I love the end it creates so much suspense. I recomend anyone to read this.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Looks like the siblings make some friends and more enemies it se

    Looks like the siblings make some friends and more enemies it seems. This series is good but weird.

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