The Grim Grotto: Book the Eleventh (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

The Grim Grotto: Book the Eleventh (A Series of Unfortunate Events)


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ISBN-13: 9780064410144
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2004
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 24,837
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. 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.


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.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto

Chapter One

After a great deal of time examining oceans, investigating rainstorms, and staring very hard at several drinking fountains, the scientists of the world developed a theory regarding how water is distributed around our planet, which they have named "the water cycle." The water cycle consists of three key phenomena -- evaporation, precipitation, and collection -- and all of them are equally boring.

Of course, it is boring to read about boring things, but it is better to read something that makes you yawn with boredom than something that will make you weep uncontrollably, pound your fists against the floor, and leave tearstains all over your pillowcase, sheets, and boomerang collection. Like the water cycle, the tale of the Baudelaire children consists of three key phenomena, but rather than read their sorry tale it would be best if you read something about the water cycle instead.

Violet, the eldest phenomenon, was nearly fifteen years old and very nearly the best inventor the world had ever seen. As far as I can tell she was certainly the best inventor who had ever found herself trapped in the gray waters of the Stricken Stream, clinging desperately to a toboggan as she was carried away from the Valley of Four Drafts, and if I were you I would prefer to focus on the boring phenomenon of evaporation, which refers to the process of water turning into vapor and eventually forming clouds, rather than think about the turmoil that awaited her at the bottom of the Mortmain Mountains.

Klaus was the second eldest of the Baudelaire siblings, but it would be better for your health if you concentrated on the boring phenomenon of precipitation, which refers to vapor turning back into water and falling as rain, rather than spending even one moment thinking about the phenomenon of Klaus's excellent skills as a researcher, and the amount of trouble and woe these skills would bring him once he and his siblings met up with Count Olaf, the notorious villain who had been after the children ever since their parents had perished in a terrible fire.

And even Sunny Baudelaire, who had recently passed out of babyhood, is a phenomenon all to herself, not only for her very sharp teeth, which had helped the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances, but also for her newfound skills as a cook, which had fed the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances. Although the phenomenon of collection, which describes the gathering of fallen rain into one place so it can evaporate once more and begin the entire tedious process all over again, is probably the most boring phenomenon in the water cycle, it would be far better for you to get up and go right to your nearest library and spend several boring days reading every single boring fact you can find about collection, because the phenomenon of what happens to Sunny Baudelaire over the course of these pages is the most dreadful phenomenon I can think of, and I can think of a great many. The water cycle may be a series of boring phenomena, but the story of the Baudelaires is something else entirely, and this is an excellent opportunity to read something boring instead of learning what became of the Baudelaires as the rushing waters of the Stricken Stream carried them away from the mountains.

"What will become of us?" Violet asked, raising her voice to be heard over the rushing water. "I don't think I can invent anything that can stop this toboggan."

"I don't think you should try," Klaus called back to his sister. "The arrival of False Spring has thawed out the stream, but the waters are still very cold. If one of us fell into the stream, I'm not sure how long we could survive."

"Quigley," Sunny whimpered. The youngest Baudelaire often talked in a way that could be difficult to understand, but lately her speech had been developing almost as quickly as her cooking skills, and her siblings knew that Sunny was referring to Quigley Quagmire, with whom the Baudelaires had recently become friends. Quigley had helped Violet and Klaus reach the top of Mount Fraught in order to find the V.F.D. headquarters and rescue Sunny from Count Olaf's clutches, but another tributary of the Stricken Stream had carried him off in the opposite direction, and the cartographer -- a word which here means "someone who is very good with maps, and of whom Violet Baudelaire was particularly fond" -- didn't even have a toboggan to keep him out of the chilly water.

"I'm sure Quigley has gotten out of the water," Violet said quickly, although of course she was sure of no such thing. "I only wish we knew where he was going. He told us to meet him somewhere, but the waterfall interrupted him."

The toboggan bobbed in the water as Klaus reached into his pocket and drew out a dark blue notebook. The notebook had been a gift from Quigley, and Klaus was using it as a commonplace book, a phrase which here means "notebook in which he wrote any interesting or useful information." "We decoded that message telling us about an important V.F.D. gathering on Thursday," he said, "and thanks to Sunny, we know that the meeting is at the Hotel Denoue ment. Maybe that's where Quigley wants to meet us -- at the last safe place."

"But we don't know where it is," Violet pointed out. "How can we meet someone in an unknown location?"

The three Baudelaires sighed, and for a few moments the siblings sat quietly on the toboggan and listened to the gurgling of the stream. There are some people who like to watch a stream for hours, staring at the glittering water and thinking about the mysteries of the world. But the waters of the Stricken Stream were too dirty to glitter, and every mystery the children tried to solve seemed to reveal even more mysteries, and even those mysteries contained mysteries, so when they pondered these mysteries they felt more overwhelmed than thoughtful. They knew that V.F.D. was a secret organization, but they couldn't seem to find out much about what the organization did, or why it should concern the Baudelaires. They knew that Count Olaf was very eager to get his filthy hands on a certain sugar bowl, but they had no idea why the sugar bowl was so important, or where in the world it was. They knew that there were people in the world who could help them, but so many of these people -- guardians, friends, bankers -- had proven to be of no help at all, or had vanished from their lives just when the Baudelaires needed them most. And they knew there were people in the world who would not help them -- villainous people, and their number seemed to be growing as their treachery and wickedness trickled all over the earth, like a dreadful water cycle of woe and despair. But right now the biggest mystery seemed to be what to do next, and as the Baudelaires huddled together on the floating toboggan they could not think of a thing.

A Series of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Grim Grotto 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 390 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I literally could not put this book down. I got it today and stayed up until midnight reading it! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!
Sharmaine Stoppler More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing book! Just like the rest of the series!
Fredlinabeth More than 1 year ago
I love the series. My mom even read it too and she loved it too! A must read series!
MeghanRaye More than 1 year ago
The book, "The Grim Grotto" is the eleventh book in this series by Lemony Snicket. It is realistic fiction. It is set with the Baudelaire orphans in a submarine. They, of course, are trying to escape Count Olaf for trying to steal the Baudelaire fortune. At the beginning the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny meet Captain Widdershins and his step daughter Fiona on a submarine that they see while floating down the Stricken Stream. The biggest problem of all is that Count Olaf is trying to catch the Baudelaire children. The story mostly takes place in a submarine (the Queequeg) floating down at the bottom of the Stricken Stream with Captain Widdershins and Fiona his stepdaughter. This setting does make the story more exciting, and it also makes it more intense. There isn't really a moral to the story, it is just for entertainment. It is a story about greed, jealousy, and courage. There was greed and jealousy because Count Olaf is greedy and jealous of the Baudelaire's fortune and courage because the orphans need courage to escape the clutches of Olaf. A short summary of this book is that the Baudelaires are floating down the Stricken Stream in a toboggan and they see a telescope from a submarine. The people in the submarine notice the orphans from the newspaper, and they invite them all in. The people inside seem very suspicious, and the children are very confused. They keep seeing signs of Olaf everywhere, and they are wondering what will happen next. Overall, I really liked this book; it was very intense and exciting. You never knew what was soon to come. I really didn't dislike anything about it. Nothing was confusing and nothing was predictable which made it all the better. Also, the ending was very unpredictable because out of nowhere things that no one expects to happen do. I would definitely give this book five stars.
Alana Myrie More than 1 year ago
I read the whole entire series. I bet that if you read this book , you feel the same i felt. OMG!!!!!!!
Paige Moman More than 1 year ago
I really liked it !!
Ashley Reed More than 1 year ago
the best of the books so far i cant imagine what the 12 and 13th books are like. you mist read 1-10 before u read this or u might not know what is going on. again, the best book of the series yet. A MUST READ book. im eleven i just turned 11a week ago and i started these books in march. the first few are short and easy to read but once u get to the 10th book they get better and longer. read this series its one of my favorite series andi read alot of books and i seriously mean a lot of books. read this book. this review is coming from an 11 year old that has read up to the 4th harry potter book and is on the 6th seekers book. (seekers is about bears and is by erin hunter) read the 11th series of unfortunate events book. i have not read the rest of the series but i bet u they will be great. read this book. i give it 5 stars and i guarentee you will give it 4 or5 stars like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books captivate your attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK! Read all of thm and stil in luv with it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher reads this book .Its so mysterios in a good way.Thats why I gave it 5 stars.(I wih you could give more stars!!!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good but eho am i kidding theyre always good
Hamida Newsome More than 1 year ago
Great book. Sad. Its predictable but so unpredictable at the same time. Luv it!
Lisa Ouellette More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and a great series
Diana Bagwe More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book. But i must warn you, its sas. In fact, thw whole series is sad!!! But, it will keep you wondering about what might happen next.
Caroline Condon More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the whole seires! It's a fantastic read!
Deanna Yun More than 1 year ago
it is a really good book that makes you ask a lot of questions to yourself.
Alyson Morris More than 1 year ago
I have read every book except the 10-13 so I imagine that it is AWESOME!
Eliza Garcia More than 1 year ago
he writes good books that i love like a series of unfortunet events
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The Grim Grotto was truly amazing! I just can't stop reading. I think that more and more people should read this series. I grabbed the book and just couldn't let go! This amazing series should be picked up by a lot more people in my opinion! I love this series and Lemony Snicket is a great author! This series will always be #1 in my opinion!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i LOVE this series!!! highly recomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing! Lemony Snicket is a true and gifted writer. My family wants to start reading it. My 4th grade roommate is reading the series and my brother who is 17 wants to start reading it. Lemony Snicket brings the "image" in imagery. He kinda makes your wheels turn and get you thinking of why they lived such a haunting life. Count Olaf is obviously the protagonist trying to steal the Baudelaire fortune but in the 10th book apparently he stole others fortunes. Dont the Baudelaires go through enough with their parents dying and then finding out that one of them might still be alive? They go through enough and Olaf is putting them through even more. I feel for them. Just like them i have no parents but i had foster care and now im adopted. I really like this book and i highly reccommend it to someone who thinks they can relate to the series or like sad stuff. 5 ***** for Lemony Snicket!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is 13 chapters in each of the 13 books cause 13 is an unlucky number awesome book and a sugarbowl? REALLY!!!????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Lemony Snicket book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so Good!!!!! But i didnt really like that it was sad. U shoukd still read this book