A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy: 05 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 8 August 2000
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In The Austere Academy, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are at first optimistic--attending school is a welcome change for the book-loving trio, and the academy is allegedly safe from the dreaded Count Olaf, who is after their fortune. Hope dissipates quickly, however, when they meet Vice Principal Nero, a self-professed genius violinist who sneeringly imitates their every word. More dreadful still, he houses them in the tin Orphans Shack, crawling with toe-biting crabs and dripping with a mysterious tan fungus. A beam of light shines through the despair when the Baudelaires meet the Quagmires, two of three orphaned triplets who are no strangers to disaster and sympathize with their predicament. When Count Olaf appears on the scene disguised as Coach Genghis (covering his monobrow with a turban and his ankle tattoo with expensive running shoes), the Quagmires resolve to come to the aid of their new friends. Sadly, this proves to be a hideous mistake.
Snicket disarms us again with his playful juxtapositions--only he can compare bombs with strawberry shortcake (both are as dangerous to make as assumptions), muse on how babies adjust developmentally to the idea of curtains, or ponder why the Baudelaire orphans would not want to be stalks of celery despite their incessant bad luck as humans. We can't get enough of this splendid series of misadventures, and can only wager that swarms of young readers will be right next to us in line for the next installment. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson
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- Publisher : HarperCollins (8 August 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0064408639
- ISBN-13 : 978-0064408639
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.34 x 17.78 cm
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My only fault was that if there was going to be another mystery, it shouldn't overtake the main plot of the book too much, but the fact that there is another mystery to this book is thrilling! Though the question remains... Will Violet, Klaus and Sunny find the triplets Duncan and Isadora and find the meaning to V.F.D.?