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The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12) Hardcover – Oct 18 2005


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade (Oct. 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064410153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064410151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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When we last left the Baudelaire Orphans, they were fleeing from Count Olaf and entering a car with a woman in the back seat who they had never seen before. That woman was Kit Snicket. Kit Snicket, one of the many on the right side of the schism, takes them to The Hotel Dénouement. There, they hope to learn the answers to some of the questions that plague them.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas on April 17 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. You should read books #1 to #11 before reading this one. In this book the baudelaires act as concierges in a hotel and try to solve a mystery, I wont tell you what it is untill you read the book! I hope you enjoy it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lemony snicket on May 21 2005
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If your a lemony snicket fan than buy this it is filled with lemony snicket fun of reading!
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more damaged than i thought but it is still a good price lol so how can u go wrong i guess
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By SANDRA ZUMARAN on Oct. 8 2013
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My daughter loves this series, I was happy to find this book at a great price! I will always but her books at amazon.ca :)
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