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- ISBN-13: 9780064408653
- ISBN-10: 0064408655
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publish Date: May 2001
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1
Lemony Snicket countdown ticks on
The summer is dragging on, slowly but surely, and now only two more months remain until a brand new Lemony Snicket book arrives! What unfortunate events await the downtrodden Baudelaire orphans in Book the Eleventh, The Grim Grotto? Our patience is being sorely tested, but we're prepared to wait on the edge of our seats until September 21, when all will be revealed.
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events is a super-sized phenomenon in the world of children's books, second only to Harry Potter among preteen readers. Writer Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, had the brilliant idea that children might savor a story in which terrible things happen and no happy ending awaits. He's been proven right in dramatic fashion, with 18 million copies of books one through 10 now in print.
For the many fans who have waited all year for the 11th installment in the series, we're offering a great way to pass the time: a countdown spotlighting the first 10 entries. This month, we move to books six and seven, The Ersatz Elevator (HarperCollins, $10.99, 272 pages, ISBN 0064408647) and The Vile Village. In The Ersatz Elevator, the Baudelaire children find themselves staying with Mr. and Mrs. Squalor in a penthouse apartment at 667 Dark Avenue. Residents of the high-rise building have decided that elevators are "out," so the children must climb 84 floors of stairs to reach the top. And terrible things await in the empty elevator shaft! Things are no better at their next stop: a rundown village where residents must obey thousands of unusual town rules. How will our orphans cope? Stay tuned!