A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snicket (author)

Suitable for 8 - 14 years

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The first book in the Baudelaire siblings’ miserable saga of woe and misfortune. From the bad beginning to the bitter end, there’s nothing but darkness in store! One day, Violet, Klaus and Sunny receive terrible news. Their house has burned to the ground. Their parents are dead – and they are being sent to live with their rotten relative Count Olaf. He treats them like slaves, but that’s not all. He will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get his hands on the family fortune. Will they ever escape the ogre Olaf and his hideous henchmen? Comical, wry, gothic and clever, Lemony Snicket’s blackly funny tales are true cult classics. Forget happy endings!

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A Series of Unfortunate Events





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.4; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 176 pages




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  1. Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    This is the first one in the series.

  2. TheUltimateBookcase
    on 17 October 2013

    I leaves you wanting to read more…

    5out of 5
  3. lmdrld
    on 8 March 2013

    This is the first in the seiries when the children’s parents have died where will they go?

  4. catlover96
    on 5 March 2013

    This book is great! It’s funny yet slightly dark, too. It’s a real page-turner!

  5. 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 first in the series where we first meet and fall in love with the orphan, still unsuspecting of all the misfortune yet to come.

    5out of 5
  6. hamy1710
    on 1 March 2012

    Very good

  7. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2010

    This book has a flip of event, one moment it is quite pleasent, the next it seems that they are all doomed.Can the baudelaires put themselves out of misery? Read the book to find out.

    I would reccomend this book for children that like reading about terrible tragedies and horrible happiness. I enjoyed this book so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    BEN, AGE 10

    4out of 5
  8. barker
    on 22 January 2010

    Very entertaining and mysterious. Just the type of book for someone who likes adventure and a good murder. If you like that book why not try the whole series.

    5out of 5