The Slippery Slope: Book the Tenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

The Slippery Slope: Book the Tenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)


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ISBN-13: 9780064410137
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2003
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 30,522
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: 1150L (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 #10: The Slippery Slope

Chapter One

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely,and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.

Like a dead poet, this book can be said to be on the road less traveled, because it begins with the three Baudelaire children on a path leading through the Mortmain Mountains, which is not a popular destination for travelers, and it ends in the churning waters of the Stricken Stream, which few travelers even go near. But this book is also on the road less traveled, because unlike books most people prefer, which provide comforting and entertaining tales about charming people and talking animals, the tale you are reading now is nothing but distressing and unnerving, and the people unfortunate enough to be in the story are far more desperate and frantic than charming, and I would prefer to not speak about the animals at all. For that reason, I can no more suggest the reading of this woeful book than I can recommend wandering around the woods by yourself, because like the road less traveled, this book is likely to make you feel lonely, miserable, and in need of help.

The Baudelaire orphans, however, had no choice but to be on the road less traveled. Violet and Klaus, the two elder Baudelaires, were in a caravan, traveling very quickly along the high mountain path. Neither Violet, who was fourteen, nor Klaus, who had recently turned thirteen, had ever thought they would find themselves on this road, except perhaps with their parents on a family vacation. But the Baudelaire parents were nowhere to be found after a terrible fire destroyed their home -- although the children had reason to believe that one parent may not have died in the blaze after all -- and the caravan was not heading up the Mortmain Mountains, toward a secret headquarters the siblings had heard about and were hoping to find. The caravan was heading down the Mortmain Mountains, very quickly, with no way to control or stop its journey, so Violet and Klaus felt more like fish in a stormy sea than travelers on a vacation.

But Sunny Baudelaire was in a situation that could be said to be even more desperate. Sunny was the youngest Baudelaire, still learning to speak in a way that everyone could understand, so she scarcely had words for how frightened she was. Sunny was traveling uphill, toward the headquarters in the Mortmain Mountains, in an automobile that was working perfectly, but the driver of the automobile was a man who was reason enough for being terrified. Some people called this man wicked. Some called him facinorous, which is a fancy word for "wicked." But everyone called him Count Olaf, unless he was wearing one of his ridiculous disguises and making people call him a false name. Count Olaf was an actor, but he had largely abandoned his theatrical career to try to steal the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents had left behind. Olaf's schemes to get the fortune had been mean-spirited and particularly complicated, but nevertheless he had managed to attract a girlfriend, a villainous and stylish woman named Esmé Squalor, who was sitting next to Count Olaf in the car, cackling nastily and clutching Sunny on her lap. Also in the car were several employees of Olaf's, including a man with hooks instead of hands, two women who liked to wear white powder all over their faces, and three new comrades Olaf had recently recruited at Caligari Carnival. The Baudelaire children had been at the carnival, too, wearing disguises of their own, and had pretended to join Count Olaf in his treachery, but the villain had seen through their ruse, a phrase which here means "realized who they really were, and cut the knot attaching the caravan to the car, leaving Sunny in Olaf's clutches and her siblings tumbling toward their doom." Sunny sat in the car and felt Esmé's long fingernails scratch her shoulders, and worried about what would happen to her and what was happening to her older siblings, as she heard their screams getting fainter and fainter as the car drove farther and farther away.

"We have to stop this caravan!" Klaus screamed. Hurriedly, he put on his glasses, as if by improving his vision he might improve the situation. But even in perfect focus, he could see their predicament was dire. The caravan had served as a home for several performers at the carnival's House of Freaks before they defected -- a word which here means "joined Count Olaf's band of revolting comrades " -- and now the contents of this tiny home were rattling and crashing with each bump in the road. Klaus ducked to avoid a roasting pan, which Hugo the hunchback had used to prepare meals and which had toppled off a shelf in the commotion. He lifted his feet from the floor as a set of dominoes skittered by -- a set that Colette the contortionist had liked to play with. And he squinted above him as a hammock swung violently overhead. An ambidextrous person named Kevin used to sleep in that hammock until he had joined Olaf's troupe, along with Hugo and Colette, and now it seemed like it might fall at any moment and trap the Baudelaires beneath it.

The only comforting thing that Klaus could see was his sister, who was looking around the caravan with a fierce and thoughtful expression and unbuttoning the shirt the two siblings were sharing as part of their disguise ...

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Slippery Slope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 543 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the most amazing book ever You just have to read it . Youll love it from the minute you start readin
Fredlinabeth More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and the books get better and better......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snicket is a wonderful author! He has written lots of novels, including this one, you rock snicket!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is when u find out a lot of secrets!!!!! Thrilling read
Maria Pipolo-Morace More than 1 year ago
this book is very very un-expecting. and truly sad and heart pumping
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Martha Pogue More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact these books are closely related, each bookis wonderful! I truly love the romantic set up of Violet and Quigley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is great as a whole but some of them do not stay with you, this one does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pour qhigli got washed away i wonder if he survived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really thought the Snicket books were great.. the first couple of them were original but now they've gotten boring and predictable... yes the Baudelaires escape once more to be caught once more.. bad guy always pops up and essentially each book is the same just different places different names but absolutely the same plot.. im ready for this series to start bringing back some new elements or possibly ending.
GBev2009 on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
I was about to give up on this series feeling that it had petered out at Book the Fourth, but after taking an extended break I picked up Book the Fifth and kept going. I'm glad I did as the series spun into a new, deeper, complex, and entertaining direction. The last two books have been the best of the series and as I approach the final stretch I only hope the "Denouement" is worthy of the well crafted build up.
amerynth on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Book 10 in Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" picks up where the prior book left off -- with Violet and Klaus Baudelaire hurtling down a mountainside in a caravan car and Sunny Baudelaire trapped in her enemy's grasp. However, "The Slippery Slope" moves away from the somewhat repetitive formula used in the past books (Kids go to a guardian, Olaf wears a disguise and tricks them, they escape...) and becomes much more interesting and entertaining this time around. Snicket's humor and crisp writing style remains, so even when the plot twists are somewhat obvious I remained interested and entertained as I read. I hope the remaining books in the series continue in this vein.
lisa211 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The Slippery Slope is the 10th installment of the ever so dreadful series called "A Series of Unfortunate Events", featuring the three Baudelaire orphans; Violet (14 year old inventor), Klaus (her well read brother) and the youngest Sunny (the ever talented chomper). The book began with a really bad start, where Violet and Klaus are plummeling down the mountain to their death while Sunny is left in Count Olaf's hands so he could get his filthy hands on the Baudelaire's fortune. After their close call, they meet up with the third missing Quigley Quagmire, who were thought to be dead in the first place! The three of them do whatever it takes to decipher the ever so mysterious VFD, giving Violet and Klaus more important informaton about their parents' past involvement with the VFD. Meanwhile, Sunny tries her best to keep herself safe, by stalling and doing some chores set by Count Olaf and his evil troupe for her to complete, as cooking, hoping her siblings are safe somewhere and not dead in the feet of the mountains. While she is in Count Olaf's hands, she overheard some things that's useful for her and her siblings to persue in the future. At first, I wasn't really looking forward to read this one after how that last book ended. I love the cover and the plot really pulls you in like always.
delaney.h4 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Summary: The Baudelaires are in hot pursuit of the sugar bowl and did one parent really survive a fire? And will everything really come together at a slippery slope? I think not, but close to it.ReviewL It was okay.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
More of the same plot (just a different location and a few new characters)...still enjoyable, but you can't read too many of these in a row.
alcrivello on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The Bauldelaires are split up in this installment of their lives as they battle to reach each other on a freezing mountain and search through more clues about VFD.
KarenAJeff on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I wish I hadn't started reading this series but now I have to find out how it ends.
Anonymous 7 months ago
You probably won't answer but that's okay. To #30: DANG dat be harsh Someone told me to post this three times and look under your pillow, so I did. I do not believe it though. I think that child on the cover is taking some serios risks there. WHERE ARE HER SIBLINGS THAT IS NOT SAFE FOR BABIES WHO IS WATCHING THAT CHILD?? This books was really good though. Five stars aw yeah!
jasibal More than 1 year ago
The Slippery Slope follows the Baudelaire orphans on their journey up the Mortmain Mountains to discover the secrets behind the mysterious fire that took their home and their parents with it. Lemony Snicket, the cryptic and shadowy author of the series, provides a full account of the Baudelaires' escapades along the way, adding humor, wit, and allusions to other pieces of literature as the book progresses. Snicket made great care in making sure that the book was enjoyable for all audiences, including many jokes for the young and the old. The author also excels in bringing the orphans' many talents into the mix, with Violet's inventiveness, Klaus' book-smarts, and Sunny's teeth. Snicket infuses the book with dark elements as well, keeping to the main plot of the series where the orphans are wandering around trying to figure out the mystery behind their parents and the fire that took their house down. Here, the cooperation between the orphans shows how compassionate they are towards each other and towards others. The author clearly shows this when he writes about the orphans going to great lengths to save each other and other people. There are numerous moments that are bound to make you giggle, with tongue-in-cheek humor sprinkled throughout. However, the author does make great strides in reminding the reader of the previous books in the series, almost becoming a cliche in itself. The author references previous events that have happened in the series, making the rest of the novel seem recursive and not overall exciting. Even though the author does make some overused references, the book is still enjoyable to those who love a good mystery or a good action novel. The Slippery Slope may be another book in a large series, but its place within the Series of Unfortunate Events is well-deserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book and they do not kiss
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