The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

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The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)
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Release Date
August 08, 2000
ISBN
0064408639
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Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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The Austere Academy audiobook review
This is my favorite of the series thus far. I love that Violet and Klaus get to have friends their own age. Plus, I love seeing the little bit of a crush thing start blossoming between Violet and Duncan.

The vice principal (did I miss the part where they said what happened to the regular principal?) was absolutely dreadful. And I'm pretty sure he was even more annoying in audio format because I had to hear him repeat everything in a high-pitched, super obnoxious voice.

This is the first time I really allowed myself to care for any character other than the Baudelaire's. When Duncan and Isadore were being dragged away at the end, I teared up a bit. They were wonderful friends to the Baudelaire's and nice kids besides. I don't recall any of the rest of the series, but I'm hoping they'll show up again, despite how unlikely it is.
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Best one in the series!
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This is my favorite book in the whole series. I like the idea of the Baudelaires being in a school enviroment!
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The good points in this novel is how there is always something happening, there are no parts in the book that are boring. I love how Snicket comes up with all these random ideas, the big reason that I think this is the best book in the series is because they meet the Quagmires and Violet and Klaus really get to show their skills in research and inventing.
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The middle or so book
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Reader reviewed by Samantha Watt

This book brings back memories, it seems so long ago that this came out.

My favorite part of this book was when they had to cram that night study and make paper clips. Though some parts i have so say make me laugh that shouldn't, and some that should just make me want to roll my eyes.

The paper clip thing, sunny as a secertary, the latter was just sad, so was that vice principal.

The ending through me though, I didn't except the triplits to get kidnapped. I loved the book though.
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Good Book
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Reader reviewed by Allyssa

This is the fifth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. In this book the Baudelaire children are attending Prufrock Prep, which is a boarding- type school.


This book is silly, but not in a bad way. The vice principal is arrogant and selfish, making all the children at his school attend a concert, every day, where he plays the violin badly. Violet, Klaus and Sunny (the Baudelaire children), must also sleep in a shack, because they are orphans and do not have permission from their guardians to sleep anywhere else. Even more than the previous books the reader will go "That would not really happen", but it's one of the reasons why this series is so fun. If the children just attended a "normal" boarding school, the book would be boring and over done. However, Snicket (the author), has made this boarding school a unique, imaginative and fun one. Those are the reasons as to why I liked this book.
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Five More Years...
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Reader reviewed by Hinge_Pin

That is what i would be saying on the morning of the first day of school. Especially if i had to go there. Poor sunny having to make staples and be a secretary. That is terrible. It would have been interesting to eat with your hands tied behind your back or with no silverware. Lemony Snicket you've done it again.
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Pain equals Pleasure
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Reader reviewed by *Mix*

In this book , the beaudelaires meet Isadora and Duncan at a very austere academy(hence the name), Count olaf poses as a gym teacher and kidnap their friends, they are forced to sleep in a shed like place with a fungus growing on the roof and they are forced to drink without glasses (yea i know wierd) and meet a dreadful little girl named carmelita spats...Read it! i guess some people's pain is other people's pleasure!!!
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You think your school's bad...
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Reader reviewed by Zac

If your thought your school was bad, wait until your read this book! If the teachers that lectured you seemed horrid...there are no words for the odd and unfathomable tasks are asked of the orphans now. And as always, the heated trail of the children is closely fallowed by their foe, who has cooked up new ways to attempt to steal their fortune once and for all.
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This is My favorite Snicket book!
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Reader reviewed by Carter

Out of all the series this is my absolute, defintate favorite and my number one pick out of his books. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!! Count Olaf is back once more and up to his best schemes yet. If you want to be entertained and still have to think.......READ IT!!! CW
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Nice book to get kids reading
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Reader reviewed by Mi-chan

This book is written with the same premise as the first 4 books but it has changed from the first 3 and the last one because the Baudelaire orphans aren't sent to a relative's house but to a Prep school. For a while in this one things aren't so bad but they turn for the worse and just keep getting worse and worse from then on. Like the first 4 books this is a quick read and a fun one at that.
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What a great setting!!
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Reader reviewed by Carmen



This has a great setting! Nice and miserable! The setting is...SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!
Ha Ha!
What is this? The Baudelaires make some friends? How fortunate!
Good book-
Carmen
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