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I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.

In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the ...

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Overview

I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.

In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All The Wrong Questions.

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Editorial Reviews

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The thirteen novels of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events sold more than 60 million copies and raised almost as many questions as they answered. Now in a new prequel to that tridecalogy, Snicket delves into his life before the Baudelaire twins were born. Readers pondering questions about how he got that way will be gratified by the novel's description of his early apprenticeship at the V.F.D. A perfect diversion for wickedly wise young readers; editor's recommendation.

Los Angeles Times
Praise for "Who Could That Be at This Hour?":
"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."
Booklist
"There's no stopping Snicket!"
The Boston Globe
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."
Los Angeles Times
Praise for "Who Could That Be at This Hour?":"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."
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
In a town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea, Cleo Knight, an intelligent young scientist working on a secret formula, has gone missing. Lemony Snicket, who is S. Theodora Markson’s apprentice, does not believe the information that Cleo decided, “to join the circus.” He continues to investigate the disappearance although Theodora considers the case closed. Lemony spots Cleo’s car, a Dilemma, parked near a grocery store and questions Polly Partial of Partial Foods. Moxie, a journalist, joins Lemony in his investigation. Readers who read Who Could That Be at This Hour (the first book in “All the Wrong Questions” series) will be familiar with some of the characters including the reappearance of Ellington Feint and the notorious Hangfire. In addition, readers may find that the books in this series need to be read in sequential order. Lemony continues to introduce vocabulary in witty way as he narrates the story. There are some comic-like illustrations at the start of each chapter and a few single-page illustrations in purple shades. Some readers may recognize this author’s earlier, popular series of books, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 9 to 13.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Questions answered, question posed (the wrong one again). Mysteries solved, mystery deepens…. Nearly 13-year-old Lemony Snicket chased the missing statue of the Bombinating Beast under the inept, ignorant and annoying supervision of his mentor S. Theodora Merkson ("Who Could That Be at This Hour?", 2012). That case didn't turn out too well. They now have a new case, and Theodora looks to be pursuing this as ineptly as she did before. The duo is searching for Miss Cleo Knight, daughter of the heirs of Ink Inc. Her unconcerned parents appear to have been drugged by their private apothecary, Dr. Flammarion, but housekeepers Zara and Zora are deeply worried. Cleo's a brilliant chemist, but shallow investigation points to her having run off to join the circus. Young Mr. Snicket knows most things are not as they seem at first, and while his mentor celebrates solving the case, he investigates further, with the help of associates from his last adventure, and discovers connections to their last case…and the case his sister Kit is working on. Snicket's second of four All the Wrong Questions is more sly noir for preteens. Chock-full of linguistic play and literary allusions to children's and classic literature, this is adventure mystery for young readers who like to think as they read. Little is answered definitively, but fans won't mind; they'll just be pleased there are two more young Snicket adventures to come. (Mystery. 8-14)
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 4–6—In this follow-up to "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (Little, Brown, 2012) 12-year-old Lemony Snicket is an apprentice in a mysterious organization and still stationed in Stain'd by the Sea with his stern and unimaginative chaperone, S. Theodora Markson. (Readers still don't know what the S. stands for.) Lemony and his mentor have been assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Cleo Knight, a brilliant chemist and daughter of the richest couple in town. Markson is content to believe the far-fetched theory that Miss Knight has run away to join the circus and considers the case closed. Lemony is convinced that the girl's disappearance is connected to a string of recent crimes in town and believes that only one man can be responsible: the villainous Hangfire. With a little help from his friends (most of whom are familiar faces from the first book), Lemony sets out to find Miss Knight himself and to stop Hangfire and his dastardly accomplices in their tracks. While the abundant wordplay and several unanswered questions may trip up some younger readers, Snicket goes to great lengths to keep his audience up to speed, recounting backstory and defining advanced vocabulary in a way that is never patronizing, and is in fact fairly humorous. The author's trademark wit and talent for sustaining suspense make this fast-paced, noir mystery a fun choice for kids who enjoy a good whodunit. And for the faithful fans of Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins), this is a must-have.—Liz Overberg, Darlington School, Rome, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316123051
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: All the Wrong Questions Series , #2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 11,962
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket was once referred to as a missing person by someone who knew where he was all along. He is also referred to as the author of the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" the first in a four book series collectively known as All The Wrong Questions.

Seth has undergone and portrayed many dire circumstances. His multi-award-winning talents are evident in cartoons, graphic novels, and a barbershop located in the city of Guelph, Canada, where he resides.

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 October 16, 2013

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    Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite Lemony Snicke

    Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite

    Lemony Snicket is back with part two of his latest series. This time Snicket asks the wrong question: When Did You See Her Last? Lemony Snicket, almost thirteen and “wrong,” apprentice to S. Theodora Markson, seeks to find missing person, Cleo Knight. Still in the town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea with S. Theodora (could the “S” stand for “silly”?) who believes Cleo has simply run away to join the circus, Snicket knows better. With the assistance of the only remaining journalist in town, Moxie Mallahan, and an odd assortment of friends, Snicket follows the clues to the now abandoned hospital where Dr. Flammarion, under the direction of the real culprit, Hangfire, may be holding Cleo hostage.  

    One can always depend on Lemony Snicket to deliver the laughs in his stories and When Did You See Her Last? is no exception. Consider Snicket’s description of places such as the near ghost town that Stain’d-by-the-Sea has become since few octopi from which the ink sold by Ink, Inc., remain. Then there are Snicket’s character descriptions like the girl with the curved eyebrows that look like question marks.  Snicket also delivers laughs through his characters’ foolish antics, such as Theodora who rings all doorbells six times (for no apparent reason) and the law enforcement couple’s son, Stew, who is responsible for making the sounds of the siren for the town patrol car as it rides through town. 

    But the surest sign that you are reading a Snicket tale, and the one thing certain to make any reader laugh, is when Snicket provides a unique definition for a word. Yes, When Did You See Her Last?, Snicket’s latest adventure, is sure to elicit laughs and be enjoyed by readers young and old alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    BEST BOOK

    Really good book :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Wish my mom would buy it for me. Looks like an awesome book!

    Lemony Snicket is a FUN series to read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Inntresting annd awesome!!!!!!!!

    It was very um,how can i put this um,awesome.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Great

    Love it. Who doesnt enjoy reading lemony snickets great novels!!! :)

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Lemony snicket

    As always Lemony has written a wonderful book morre mysterious than the first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    ASOM Awesome!

    I loved the book. Highly recomended from me and for almost all ages.
    Bye!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Lemony Snicket, When did you see her last?

    This book is amazing hooked at the end of each chapter. Also, loved the drawings. I would give it 10 stars but I can only give it 5. A must read!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 11, 2014

    Cyberman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    I loved the first series so why not read this

    It has the best of lemony sniket's books yet

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    Posted January 2, 2014

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    WHAT THE HEY???!!!

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    Posted November 8, 2013

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    Posted November 2, 2013

    To the person below me.

    Wow. U must really like the books to write a review that long.

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