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In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.
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Overview

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.
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  • Who Could That Be at This Hour?
    Who Could That Be at This Hour?  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316230438
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: All the Wrong Questions Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Sales rank: 4,622
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous accounts and research have been collected and published as books, including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events, 13 Words, and The Composer is Dead. This is his first authorized autobiographical work.
Seth is no stranger to a town that is fading. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author, and artist, whose works include Palookaville, Clyde Fans, and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. He lives in Guelph, Canada.

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 September 1, 2012

    By Hope Lost

    When I saw this book preview I cried.
    I was so thrilled. At the time I was bedridden with pnemonia, and my laughter faded in to rough coughs that triggered a violent ashma attack, but nevertheless I cried and did my best to sing a happy song. All of you people who post here and there and everywhere are so heartless in regards to the author, Mr. Lemony Snicket, who if he is who he says he is, has devoted his life to something noble and has experienced a miserable time for it. Smartly written, this series will be a brilliant addition to Mr. Snicket's charismatic work. Read it, all of you, and put down the thirty nine clues forever!
    Sincerly, Hope Lost

    67 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    :)

    Yay! Lemony Snicket FINALLY made another book!!

    36 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    By cutie pie 13

    Omg! I love it

    22 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Any good

    Is it good fir kids ages 11-12

    19 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    I read the sample and i am buying it

    I am so buying that book

    18 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I luv lemony sniket

    Best book ever 2thumbs up

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Jane

    I love the book but i dont get how one book is free and the other one is $10.00.

    11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Fantatis

    When I first saw this book I got this book.

    10 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Nadine is my name

    This is my book you should read and try to understand what will happen at the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Is this

    Is this book good?

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Rddddddfffdddddddddd




    This book is awsome




    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    LOVE

    I love the book so much i actualy screamed when i saw it

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    DISLIKE

    I DISLIKE THIS BOOK (HATE IT)

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Too the #2

    I undertand how you dont underst the book but you would if you read the series of unfortunate events by lemony snicket i mean if you loved this book then you wil love lemony ssnickets series i recommend reading them cuz then you will understand this book better i promise!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Super freak book

    This book is super good

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Great mystery book for kids

    It was very well written, I enjoyed immensly!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Bookreader10

    Hiya guys! My title is bookreader10 if you ever want to hear the truth about books. This book got me a cliffhanger at the end of the sample. I bought it but i did'nt see it was by lemony snicket. It was'nt that entertaning, and i drifted off at a couple of parts. Not that great. --bookreader10--

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Interasting book

    My sister loved it very much(little sister that is)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Amazing. AC3 clan mw3

    This book is great and if you dont know VFD IS REAL. Im in it. Volunteer fire department.leave a comment to discus

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    11 years old, 5th grade

    I'm currently on page 16 of this book and to my amazement it is not nearly as interesting as A Series of Unfortunate Events. I don't suppose I should read on, should I? I suppose I shouldn't. I will just read it, I mean, what harm could it do? 35 pages will not do any harm.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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