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A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill [NOOK Book]

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform ...

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Overview

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Ages 10+

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757167
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 44,807
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Sandra ( i dont know if this is where you put your name orrr )

    This book was indeed sad but i very much enjoyed it. Even if it is most sad of its kind it was not wasted time of mine reading it.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great

    Great series

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Awesome!

    Love this book! This is a great series

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    cool book

    this book is really cool if you like mystery

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Best books ever published

    I love this series if my friend did not tell me about these books i would miss all of the action my nook is low on battery power so i say one thing READ THIS SERIES

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly Reccomended for Baudelaire lovers!

    This book is a book that has described the 4th misfortune in the Baudelaire lives. It is really intersting and twisted! If you love lumbermills,Count Olaf's assitants' disguises,and Klaus being hypnotized over and over for a reason by his assitants, you have no other book to choose from!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    i highly recommend

    I realy enjoy this book you real should read this series starting with book one and read them in order or you may get lost as to what is happening I read one and cant wait to read the next to find out what is going to happen to these kids next

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    ;)

    Loved it!!!!! :)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Great series !! Be ready for an adventure !!

    Great !!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Good series!

    I've read the first second and third and cant wait to read this one

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Best book of th series.

    This book by far is my favorite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Love it

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Book worm

    Luv it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    exceptional

    This book was a little better than the others, though it too had the same concept as the others. That is what mostly Made me very angry. This series is so repetetive. i just don't understand how people actually want to read this book more than once. its just so crazy, no offense to anybody.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Olaf a chick this couldn't get funnyer

    Sir is SO mean who would make pore sunny work in mill and Olaf is a chick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & THERES MORE :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    The Miserable Mill

    So far so good you all might want too read the other books in this serie thus one is the fourth book the first one has this evil guy named count Olaf and he tries to steal the Baudelair fortune he only way you can tell if it is him is if he has a tattoo on his left ankle he does have it covered in some of the books in one of them he has it covered woth powder in the other he has it covered with a fake peg leg un rhis one i have not gotten that far to see if he is in the boo or not whoch he probably will be or if he will be the caretaker or if he has it covered or not

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Book

    So awesome best book ever.did i tell you it was awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Intel pentium 2 good book I like fringe

    Sad but touching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Fxjccgjdgc

    BEST BOOK EVER FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Love these book

    All of the book before this took me 2 day to fisinsh them because they are so good. But if you dont like sad books do read this one and the others there are some good part and happy parts

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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