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A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope [NOOK Book]

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Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided.

Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The 10th book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret ...

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Overview

Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided.

Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The 10th book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without.

Ages 10+

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757105
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events , #10
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 67,075
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    I LOVE it !!!!!!!!!!!

    Its the most amazing book ever
    You just have to read it .
    Youll love it from the minute you start readin

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Love this series!

    Very interesting and the books get better and better......

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    I love this book a lot!

    Snicket is a wonderful author! He has written lots of novels, including this one, you rock snicket!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Review of the Snow

    Despite the fact these books are closely related, each bookis wonderful! I truly love the romantic set up of Violet and Quigley.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Thrilling

    This book is when u find out a lot of secrets!!!!! Thrilling read

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    best book

    this book is very very un-expecting. and truly sad and heart pumping

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Good book so far and people who spoil the story or are going to spoil it 1. Think about other people going to buy it. 2. KNOCK IT OFF!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    By mia ;)

    Favorite book!!!dont know what to read aftr im done with the series???do any of you wont to be my friend i can talk to you every day???? And im only a kid not lieing swear to god

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Peerfect

    No one dies!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    QUIGLEY QUAGMIRE

    These books i hav finished in a month im only 5th grader 2! But anyways i really like them and i was thrilled to learn Quigley was still alive...

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    I'm a really good reader

    I am really good at reading and i've read like a billion books but i like the series of unfortunate books the best.a must read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Quigly

    Pour qhigli got washed away i wonder if he survived.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    So worth it!

    I read this book in about 45 minutes but it was still worth it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    meh it was ok i guess.......

    this story is just like all the others in the series except it takes place in a different location with a different guardian and count olaf uses different tactics on the children to try and kill them and yada yada yada....... this is just the same old story written just about 11 times until the last book where it finally changes....... lemony snicket could do alot better..... just saying

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Mee

    Poor violet kluas and sunny at least they findvthe survivor of the fire they thought it might be their parents but it was quigley quagmire

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Best thing ever

    If you read number five youll be shocked to find...Quigley!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Great series

    This is a great book series. This series got me to read more and trust me i never used to liske reading. So ya. Great series yiu shiuld really read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Ii Fgdtddgx

    I have read 12345678 and 9 but not 10

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Love it!

    I'M ON THIS BOOK! SO FAR SO GOOD!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    UNDECIDED

    Nothing can beat Harry Potter! I feel that this series is to elementary in its style and not as entertaining to the older 20 something crowd. Im not sure how I feel about it. You kinda have to get used to the way he wrights. The most anoying thing he does in the books is explain what words mean, in exactly the same way, on every other page. It gets really old quite quickly. I am on book 4 now, but for those die hard Potter fans, you'll be sorely disapointed with this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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