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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy

by Lemony Snicket (author)

Suitable for 8 - 14 years

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The three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and little Sunny, arrive at the Prufrock Preparatory School – only to be met by an unpleasant bully. And that’s not all. For in these pages, our unlucky heroes will also face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E. and the metric system!

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A Series of Unfortunate Events





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.7; Middle years; 6.0 points




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  1. ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    i loved it. i loved how those 3 never fail to get themselves out of any trouble that they are in with count Olaf.

  2. Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    It’s a little strange how even though these books each have their unfortunate event they are really enjoyable, each page spent in anticipation of Violets inventions, Klaus’ knowledge and sunny’s Bites. this is the fifth in the series the poor orphans are sent to boarding school and forced to live in a horrible room and horrible children.

    5out of 5
  3. lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    the blurb is awesome

  4. Catblue
    on 24 August 2012

    The movie sucked, but the books are AWESOME!

    5out of 5
  5. KarlMagic33
    on 6 March 2012

    I watched the Movie I want to read the book.

  6. lemonhoneysss10
    on 2 March 2012

    Set in a academy, the Baudeaires may have to face their toughest challenge yet!

  7. Maya125
    on 1 March 2012

    This book was the freakiest of them all x

  8. aishah1234
    on 25 February 2011

    When the Baudelaires are heading off in Mr.Poe’s car to a boarding school after they had been at a terrible mill they were being sent off to school with a: weird headteacher, a girl with attitude and S.O.R.E.

  9. Lulagee2000
    on 22 December 2010

    This Book is kind of terrifying, if I was a Baudelaire child then i would run for it! They are so brave and Lemony Snicket has got a true talent for writing, it is unbelieveable! And those Violin Recitals, S.O.R.E! I Could not close my mouth for 30 minutes when Count olaf and his theatre troupe kidnapped the Quagmires and drove them away at the end! Five Stars!

  10. Lulagee
    on 20 December 2010

    This was the first “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” book I ever read. At the start Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire attend a boarding school called Prufock Prepatory school and you think that they are going to have a wonderful time and make lots of friends and their teachers would be kind, But Carmalita Spats is one of the things gone wrong. she is horrible to them and calls them cakesniffers. Their Horrible Principal Nero makes Sunny work for him Making Staples all day and they have to live in a tin shack with dripping fungus and snipping crabs but it gets better and they make friends with The Quagmires, But don’t calm down yet! One day there is a new Gym teacher with a turban, but when the Baudelaires look closely they realize it is their Evil and Woeful Guardian, Count Olaf, The rest is just to Ghastly to explain!

  11. alidai92
    on 19 September 2009

    i thought this book was great so if you thought it was great then carry on reading the series !!!!!

    5out of 5