"When Did You See Her Last?"

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by Lemony Snicket
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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."
The Boston Globe
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."
Booklist
"There's no stopping Snicket!"
From the Publisher
"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."—School Library Journal"

Reading this second adventure is like playing a combination of Clue and a children's literature version of Trivial Pursuit."—The Horn Book"

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."—Kirkus"

Snicket introduces a sometimes charming, more often alarming cast of characters-all whom keep pages turning."—Booklist

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
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316239936
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Series:
All the Wrong Questions Series , #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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 "WhoCould 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.

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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"When Did You See Her Last?" 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket is a FUN series to read!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Lemony has written a wonderful book morre mysterious than the first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very um,how can i put this um,awesome.
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! Book two didn't even bother slowing down after book one, so that was wonderful! This time, Lemony is in for yet another mystery. A girl has gone missing, though the more he tries to search for clues, Lemony finds that everyone's statements don't even match up. Some say they saw her getting into a taxi when others say that they she wouldn't dare go in a taxi when her parents just bought her a brand new super-expensive car. How come nothing is matching up? Lemony goes and finds out! Once again, I adored Lemony's humor throughout the story. He's just such a funny person and his wording is incredibly pleasing to the reader in my opinion. I loved how the story was very action-packed yet again, and I didn't feel bored while reading at all, which I found a huge plus. Sometimes mysteries get a little slow before they pick up again but this was not the case with When Did You See Her Last? I honestly think this book was even better than book one, which is yet another awesome thing about this book. I can't wait to see where the series goes next because now I have even more questions than before!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonerful and keeps you guessing til the very end .even at the end all the mysteries are not solved until the third or maybe fourth book . You might need to read then M all over again to get the end if you forgot about some of the stories by now
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Crap! It posted my writing befor i finished. O.K. back on track now ok. What was i talking about?....OH YEAH I REMEMBER NOW!!!!!!!!! Ok so anyways i think hangfire is verdy crepe............. ( creepy ) .
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Love this book if youblike crime fiction it's a great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has the best of lemony sniket's books yet
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I loved the book. Highly recomended from me and for almost all ages. Bye! LOL
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This is so frekin awesome and boss
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