Shouldn't You Be in School?
Shouldn't You Be in School?

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Series: All The Wrong Questions Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Young Lemony Snicket investigates a rash of fires that have plagued the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, revealing secrets that involve the Department of Education and the notorious villain Hangfire.
Catalog Number: #108101
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Seth,
Pages: 325 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-38060-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90119-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-38060-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90119-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014933203
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Have you figured it out yet? Why are so many terrible things happening in Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Who can our narrator, one young Lemony Snicket, trust? Where is the Bombinating Beast statue? What is to be accomplished by burning down the town's buildings? Is it just possible we are asking all the wrong questions? It's the title of the series, for goodness sake! And even Lemony laments he has the incorrect questions, albeit often the right answers. If you haven't read the two previous titles, there's no point in picking up this one. Go back, young adventurer, and start with Who Could It Be at This Hour? (2013). We'll wait. (Well, no, we don't have time to wait.) Though looking carefully at the wonderfully retro woodcuts illustrated by Seth would help pass the time. A hopeful note: Snicket does seem to be getting closer to figuring things out. And he's both brave and philosophical. Is that a good combination? Alas, probably the wrong question.
Horn Book
In his third adventure, twelve-year-old Lemony Snicket, apprentice investigator, tackles a series of arsons in the economically depressed and mysterious town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Clues of the gray-matter sort (such as anagrams) combine with escapes, attacks, cliffhangers, and looming bad guys to keep the whole crazy plot buoyant. Film noir and children's literature references, from Patricia Highsmith to Beatrix Potter, support the good-natured satire.
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;6&12; In this installment of series that precedes "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins), 13-year-old Lemony Snicket must work together with his incompetent chaperone to figure out who is burning down all of the buildings in the quaint town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Snicket is part of a special program, the V.F.D., and spends his days sleuthing with his chaperone, Theodora, in an attempt to catch the elusive and mysterious Hangfire, who is supposedly to blame for all of the mysterious happenings in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Together, he and his friends must uncover the town's secrets and thwart Hanfire's attempt to burn down the library. But everything gets even more complicated when Hangfire manages to frame the librarian for arson, and Snicket is left questioning the trustworthiness of his friends. This series carries the same sarcastic charm of the "Unfortunate Events" books and will have young readers chuckling out loud. The characters are all fun and quirky in their own right, and the mystery is well developed and enticing. The illustrations add an extra dimension to the story, and the author does a fantastic job of incorporating mini vocabulary lessons into each chapter. Fans of Snicket's previous outings will devour the latest entry.&12; Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT
Voice of Youth Advocates
In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the Sea, thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket and his hapless mentor, S. Theodora Markson (the "S" is apparently silent) continue to pursue the mysterious villain Hangfire. In the latest peril, a series of fires threatens city landmarks. When the city's only school burns to the ground, unknown benefactorssuspiciouslyinvite the students to attend the private Wade Academy, where they will supposedly receive a "top-drawer education." Instead, as Snicket (never "Lemony") discovers, they are drugged with laudanum and employed as pawns in Hangfire's nefarious scheme. But what is the scheme? Or is that another wrong question? It is up to Snicket and his small band of confederates to thwart the villain before the town is totally destroyed.After a somewhat confusing beginning in Who Could That Be at This Hour? (Little, Brown, 2012/VOYA December 2012), this new series grows steadily stronger. Sidelong resemblances to noir detective fiction may amuse the many adult fans of the author (aka Daniel Handler) but will probably be lost on young readers. Retro-flavored illustrations by Seth add atmosphere and complement the book's beautiful design. Appealingly quirky descriptions and Snicket's compulsive definitions ("æPrestigious' is a word which here means . . . ") contribute humor, and savvy readers will enjoy puzzling out references to classic works of fiction. "Secrets pour into [people's] lives like dark, dark ink," Snicket observes, and that stain seeps poignantly into his own life and relationships. The "fragmentary plot" of the series (Snicket's term) means it is best read in order. One more volume, and all will be revealed.Kathleen Beck.
Word Count: 48,830
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 169079 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:13.0 / quiz:Q64653
Lexile: 760L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.

Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?

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