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The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events series)


  • “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.” – Amazon.com


  • Anderson, M. T. Whales on Stilts. Harcourt, 2005.
  • Black, Holly, and Tony DiTerlizzi. The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide. Simon & Schuster, 2003. (And others in the Spiderwick series.)
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. Delacorte, 1999.
  • Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. HarperCollins, 2002.
  • Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at Night. HarperCollins, 1999.
  • Reeve, Philip. Larklight. Bloomsbury, 2006.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Scholastic, 1998. (And others in the Harry Potter series.)
  • Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. HarperCollins, 1999. (And others in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series.)
  • Wallace, Barbara Brooks. Peppermints in the Parlor. Atheneum, 1980.
  • Wallace, Barbara Brooks. The Twin in the Tavern. Atheneum, 1993.