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"Shouldn't You Be in School?"

4.7 25
by Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
 

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Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.


Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson

Overview


Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.


Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Praise for All the Wrong Questions:
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."
The Boston Globe
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."
The Washington Post
"The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet."
Booklist
"There's no stopping Snicket!"
From the Publisher
Praise for All the Wrong Questions:
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."—Los Angeles Times

* "Will thrill fans of the author's earlier works and have even reluctant readers turning pages with the fervor of seasoned bookworms. A must-have."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."—The Boston Globe

* "Full of Snicket's trademark droll humor and maddeningly open-ended, this will have readers clamoring for volume two."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[With] gothic wackiness, linguistic play and literary allusions....Fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events will be in heaven picking out tidbit references to the tridecalogy, but readers who've yet to delve into that well of sadness will have no problem enjoying this weird and witty yarn."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Full of Snicket's characteristic wit and word play . . . this book belongs in all collections."—VOYA, starred review

"The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet."—The Washington Post

"There's no stopping Snicket!"—Booklist

VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Kathleen Beck
In the fading town of Stain’d-by-the Sea, thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket and his hapless mentor, S. Theodora Markson (the “S” is apparently silent) continue to pursue the mysterious villain Hangfire. In the latest peril, a series of fires threatens city landmarks. When the city’s only school burns to the ground, unknown benefactors—suspiciously—invite the students to attend the private Wade Academy, where they will supposedly receive a “top-drawer education.” Instead, as Snicket (never “Lemony”) discovers, they are drugged with laudanum and employed as pawns in Hangfire’s nefarious scheme. But what is the scheme? Or is that another wrong question? It is up to Snicket and his small band of confederates to thwart the villain before the town is totally destroyed. After a somewhat confusing beginning in Who Could That Be At This Hour? (Little, Brown, 2012/Voya December 2012), this new series grows steadily stronger. Sidelong resemblances to noir detective fiction may amuse the many adult fans of the author (aka Daniel Handler) but will probably be lost on young readers. Retro-flavored illustrations by Seth add atmosphere and complement the book’s beautiful design. Appealingly quirky descriptions and Snicket’s compulsive definitions (“‘Prestigious’ is a word which here means . . . ”) contribute humor, and savvy readers will enjoy puzzling out references to classic works of fiction. “Secrets pour into [people’s] lives like dark, dark ink,” Snicket observes, and that stain seeps poignantly into his own life and relationships. The “fragmentary plot” of the series (Snicket’s term) means it is best read in order. One more volume, and all will be revealed. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck; Ages 11 to 15.
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 4–6—In this installment of series that precedes "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins), 13-year-old Lemony Snicket must work together with his incompetent chaperone to figure out who is burning down all of the buildings in the quaint town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Snicket is part of a special program, the V.F.D., and spends his days sleuthing with his chaperone, Theodora, in an attempt to catch the elusive and mysterious Hangfire, who is supposedly to blame for all of the mysterious happenings in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Together, he and his friends must uncover the town's secrets and thwart Hanfire's attempt to burn down the library. But everything gets even more complicated when Hangfire manages to frame the librarian for arson, and Snicket is left questioning the trustworthiness of his friends. This series carries the same sarcastic charm of the "Unfortunate Events" books and will have young readers chuckling out loud. The characters are all fun and quirky in their own right, and the mystery is well developed and enticing. The illustrations add an extra dimension to the story, and the author does a fantastic job of incorporating mini vocabulary lessons into each chapter. Fans of Snicket's previous outings will devour the latest entry.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-06
Can an apprentice in a certain secret organization keep his associates safe and save a dying town—or is that one of the wrong questions? Someone has set fire to Birnbaum's Sheep Barn, a local business, and Lemony Snicket's clueless chaperone, S. Theodora Markson, takes the case. But the client is the heretofore unheard-of department of education of Stain'd-by-the-Sea (a town with only one school). Snicket strongly suspects that the villain Hangfire is behind the arson; when local librarian Dashiell Qwerty is framed for the crime, Snicket is certain his suspicions are correct. But why would Hangfire burn down a sheep barn? After the school burns, Lemony Snicket and his young associates plot to save Stain'd-by-the-Sea's children and the rest of its structures from Hangfire and the total numbskullery of the adult population. Some questions are answered, and still more are posed in Lemony Snicket (the author)'s third All the Wrong Questions tale. Lemony Snicket (the character) continues to worry about the sister he left in the city (she has now been arrested) and whether he can save (and in some cases trust) his young associates. Seth returns to add occasional spooky, intriguing bicolor illustrations. Linguistic play and literary allusions abound in this smart, slyly humorous noir thriller. Fans will be over the moon, a phrase that here means exceedingly pleased. (Mystery. 8-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316380607
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/29/2015
Series:
All the Wrong Questions Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
58,923
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 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.

Seth was educated in Canada, where he learned that doodling in the margins could translate into gainful employment. He is the multi-award-winning creator of cartoons, graphic novels, and a barbershop located in the city of Guelph, Canada, where he resides.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
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.
Education:
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Website:
http://www.lemonysnicket.com

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"Shouldn't You Be in School?" 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book abd series are awesome if you love LEMONY SNICKET'S books then another book i reccomend is the series of unfortunate events it is an awesome series too Also watch the series of unfortunate events movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is action packed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I also love series of unfortunate events, I have read it three times! Keep writing, Snicket :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeaaah pumped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should first read A Series of Unfortunate Events, then Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography, then All the Wrong Questions. If you read them in this order, a LOT will be revealed! READ ALL THE BOOKS IN ORDER WITHOUT SKIPPING! MY LITTLE SISTER SKIPPED SOME OF THE UNFORTUNATE EVENTS AND CANNOT GRASP EVERYTHING THE LITTLE THINGS MEAN!!! Just recently begun All the Wrong Questions, need to get second book, then will read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it super good
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book !!!!!! *:-|)
Anonymous 6 months ago
Didnt read the book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#LOVEDIT!!!
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you so much to Put Me In the Story & the publisher for sending me copies of all of these books in exchange for reviews!** I'd just like to give a quick mention that every book I received was personalized to the point where people I knew were even mentioned in the book! It was an extremely wonderful experience to read the book this way, so I highly suggest checking out Put Me In the Story to get your own personalized copies! In Shouldn't You Be In School? Lemony begins exploring a mystery revolving around arson as well as the Department of Education. The mysteries have gotten more serious with every book, as now the person behind everything is involved with arson. I was happy to finally get some answers in this book! I still have some questions, but I'm trusting that Snicket will reveal them in the fourth and final book. I still adore Moxie; there's just something about her. She's extremely clever and I love her as a character! Another awesome thing about this book is that Josephine made a cameo. I'm pretty sure that it's the very same Josephine from A Series of Unfortunate Events, though I'm not 100% positive. If it is, I'm super impressed! I love it when authors have other characters from their past works make cameos. This series just keeps getting better from book to book and Lemony's humor is still going strong. I can't wait to read the thrilling conclusion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of lemony snickets master pieces. Can noot wait till i get the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is way to intense to put it down. Read it or you won't ever know what AWESOME is. Don't put it down once you start. Listen to all the words and memorize it from front to back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!! Its so interisting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Gg
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristine Hall for Readers' Favorite Young Lemony Snicket has been asked to help track an arsonist in the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. But as is often the case, where there is one mystery to solve, there are usually others, and those in Stain'd-by-the-Sea are plentiful. In his role as an apprentice detective (or is he?), Lemony quickly suspects that the evil villain Hangfire is behind more than the fires in town and that the schoolchildren are in danger from more than flames. Secrets and deception abound in Shouldn't You Be in School?, the third installment of All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket. Characters are fleshed out and well defined, and the plot stands alone, with ties to the prior stories explained enough so that there was no confusion. Foreshadowing is heavy, which entices readers to look for the next installment, and the language and imagery are fantastic. Lines like "I felt my mouth grinning around the spoon," and "Seeing a librarian in handcuffs is like seeing a fish gasping on a roll top desk. I couldn't look at it long," conjure very specific reactions from the listeners/readers. Also enjoyable was the repeated, amusing mechanism of the narrator defining words for listeners/readers, always qualifying his definitions with saying the word, followed by "a word, which here means ..." Oddly enough, I have not read the prior installments in this series, nor have I read any of the Series of Unfortunate Events, for which the All the Wrong Questions books are prequels. Nonetheless, I have heard enough about Lemony Snicket that I dove in, and I wasn't disappointed. Despite not having read the two books before Shouldn't You Be in School?, I had no problem figuring out the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. You might want to read his other books first though, than it makes more sense. And you should also read his other series. The Series of Unfotunate Events. They are really good too.
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Cool by alan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the seriez o unfortunate events series too:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theseries of unfortunate events movie is horrible. They should have made a series of differant movies like they ddid to the harry potter series. But the books are cool. ~LS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago