The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 18 2005
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Gr. 5-8. "Book the Twelfth," second to last in the fantastically popular A Series of Unfortunate Events, reunites the beleaguered Baudelaire orphans with a host of characters from previous adventures as they gather at Hotel Denouement (with rooms organized according to the Dewey decimal system) to await the delivery of--the sugar bowl. Well, fans will get the drift, despite the fact that this inventive go-round seems more dizzying and stuffed with definitions than usual. But even as the series draws to a close, new questions arise--the most important one being, are the kids valorous volunteers or villains after all? Stephanie Zvirin
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Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events: "Wicked Good Fun." - Kirkus Reviews "Vivid. Designed to alight on the best-seller lists." - The New York Times Book Review "Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over." - Publishers WeeklySee all Product Description
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There, treachery is a foot. No one is who they seem to be and lies are a plenty. Kit informs the Orphans that they must rescue the sugar bowl and it's precious contents before Count Olaf finds it. If he finds the sugar bowl, they are all doomed. How are they to infiltrate the Hotel Denouement, however? Surely they will be recognized? Their picture is in the Daily Punctilio every day, with details of false crimes they have committed.
Kit solves this problem by providing the Orphans with clever disguises. They will dress as concierges so that they can infiltrate the hotel unnoticed. There is a catch, though. They will also be Flaneurs. "Flaneurs," explains Kit, "are people who quietly observe their surroundings, intruding only when absolutely necessary. Children make excellent flaneurs, as so few people notice them." In doing this, the Beaudelaire Orphans hope to lend a hand to the V. F. D (The Volunteer Fire Department) and find what treachery may be under their feet.
It will not be easy however; they will have to split up to find out as much information as they can. Every volunteer, good and evil, are meeting at the Hotel Dénouement for that all-important Thursday meeting. And things in the hotel are more than what they seem. Klaus knows not to judge a book by its cover; as well, he knows that every book holds secrets. And The Hotel Dénouement is quite the book.Read more ›
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I found it interesting but not the best. Just OK. This was the first book I read from this series, although I see that it is already no.12. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2006 by David
As with every Lemony Snicket book, the events in here were unfortunate.
The Grim Grotto (the 11th book in the series) was terrible in my opinion so I did not have high... Read more
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