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A Series Of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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Aug. 23 2001 Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 8)

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.

There are many pleasant things to read about, but this books contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as misleading newspaper headlines, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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As you might expect, nothing but woe befalls the unlucky Baudelaire orphans in the eighth grim tale in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events that began with The Bad Beginning. Ever since the orphans' photographs were plastered across the front page of The Daily Punctilio in an article falsely accusing them of murder, they have been on the run. Only when they disguise themselves as cheerful hospital volunteers (Volunteers Fighting Disease, to be exact), do they see a possible refuge. Of course, this backfires hideously. Where is their ineffectual guardian, Mr. Poe, when they need him most? Will the evil, greedy Count Olaf be successful in giving poor Violet a cranioectomy at the Heimlich Hospital? Is a heart-shaped balloon really better than water for a thirsty patient? Is no news really good news? As ever, Snicket refuses to comfort young readers with cozy answers and satisfying escapes. And, as ever, there are plenty of rusty blades and horrible plot twists to make us shudder and shameless-but-hilarious wordplay to make us grimace happily. Bring on the next one! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Gr 4-7-Another roller coaster of perils for the three Baudelaire children. This time, they search for clues concerning their parents' deaths and attempt to clear themselves of a false murder charge while being pursued by the evil Count Olaf, who is after the family fortune. While attempting to escape arrest, the siblings join a volunteer group that sings and brings good cheer to patients and enter Heimlich Hospital, where they soon find themselves working in the Library of Records. A picture with an important clue surfaces just as Olaf's girlfriend discovers them and captures Violet, who is then readied for a cranioectomy, a surgery in which the head must be removed. The trio's talents are put to good use in a daring escape from the burning hospital. They jump into Olaf's car trunk in search of more clues and position themselves for the next exciting sequel. Readers will enjoy cheering for the clever youngsters, booing the diabolical villains, and noting the many new clues. The narrator's active voice is forever teasing readers by taking them to the edge of their seats and then purposely switching the subject or suggesting they stop reading all together. This volume can stand alone but few will be able to resist reading the next installment after the cliff-hanger ending.

Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The not so Hospitable Hospital April 29 2004
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In the 8th book,The Hostile Hospital is an extrodinary book that has lots of action and mystery. The only thing the Baudelaire children have left from their friends, the Quaqmires, is a notebook with a page that says V.F.D. What does it mean? When Violet gets into the greedy hands of Count Olaf what is Klaus and Sunny going to do? Is she going to be rescued or stay forever in Count Olafs hands. In this book, Lemony Snicket gives us more information about how the Baudelaire children became orphans. He also hints that they may not be orphans after all. Yet, do not start with this book if you have never read books one through seven first. Lemony Snicket continues to make each book more mysterious then the one before it. I would recommend this book because it gave me a lot of information about the kids but also left me wondering. When the children find a paper related to their family in the hospital records, I thought that they would get the chance to find more family but instead they find the papers gone except for one page (13). This starts them on a new quest but first they must survive Count Olaf who plans to kill Violet and Klaus. To do this they must also figure out the mystery of the fire that was supposed to have killed their parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital March 31 2004
By m diaz
The Hostile Hospital
By:Lemony Snicket
Reviewed By: M. Diaz
Period: 6
LIke all the other books it all started when a fire had killed their parents. So their parent's fortune was sent to them. They were sent to Mr.Poe who, then sent were sent to a guy named Count Olaf. In this book there is a murder a guy got killed. Then Count Olaf frames it on the three children. The Children ran away they didn't bother telling anyone because they knew no one would believe them. As the police were chasing them in the middle of no where they come across a store called the last chance general store. Because it was really the only store left. So they went in and there were so much stuff. They asked the storeowner if they could send a telegram. The storeowner said yes, and said do you have money they said no it's an emergency so he said ok it's for free. They telegrammed Mr. Poe telling him what had happened. Then a newspaper called the Daily Poncho. The children knew that they were in the front page. So they ran for because they knew they wouldn't believe them. They were saved because a group called the V.F.D came and they went in the van. The V.F.D. is an organization the sings for sick people in the hospital. When the V.F.D notices them Violet says her name is Sally. But the leader of the group says we don't need names we just call it other brother and sister. They go to the hospital and they were looking for volunteers to work in the file room. You're going to have to read the book for the rest.
I loved the book so much. This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It always keeps you guessing until the end. Here is one of the quotes "Oh no they've captured Violet" that's were the book gets really interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital March 8 2004
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Envision yourself always running always afraid and always alert. Well unfortunately for the three Baudelaire children they don't have to because they always are.
The book The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket calls attention to three very important characters. First there's Violet. She is the oldest Baudelaire. She is also an inventor and in my opinion the most caring and considerate 14 year old you'd ever meet. Then there's Klaus. The middle aged Baudelaire. He knows about everything there is to know about. His favorite thing in the world to do is read. And to me he is the smartest 13 year olds there is. And smarter than a lot of 14 year olds too. And last but not least there is Sunny. The youngest. Her specialty is biting. And it may seem like her purpose is of no use but if it weren't for her teeth and courage the Baudelaire children would probably be dead.
In this fantastic but unfortunate book the Baudelaires escape from a vile village and go to a different town where they join a group of very high-spirited people that sing songs to people that are sick in a hospital. The children have a very greedy uncle named Count Olaf who has been trying to steal the enormous fortune they inherited after their parents died I a terrible fire. When they arrive over the intercom system they hear the head of human resources say that they need three people to help in library of records. So they figure it would be perfect. But they were wrong. One night they were working and Olaf's girlfriend came in looking for the Snicket file that they were looking for too. Violet got kidnapped and luckily Klaus and sunny got the last page and escaped. The next day they tried to find Violet. They figured she was somewhere in the hospital.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will the mystery of V.F.D. ever be solved?! Sept. 22 2003
I got into the Unfortunate Series books nearly two years ago because I was looking for something to tide me over until the 5th Harry Potter book came out. I was not disappointed! The books are quick and easy reads, and I can read them over and over again and not get bored.
In this book, the orphans seem closer to the mystery of V.F.D and the mysterious circumstances surrounding their parents' deaths. Here, V.F.D. stands for Volunteers Fighting Disease, a group that goes around Heimlich Hospital attempting to cheer up the patients. The Baudelaires are assigned to work in the Library of Records, and it is there they find some startling evidence, and it seems that things are looking up. Alas, Count Olaf makes his appearance, along with his henchpeople. The Baudelaires must stop him or face tragic consequences, a phrase which here means a violent near-death.
Lemony Snicket's books are good for young readers because he uses a broad vocabulary and explains it so they can understand. Readers will learn words they probably haven't heard before, used in interesting ways. I thoroughly enjoy this series and recommend it to all ages.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A series of boring events
Cmon. I've read all the way up to this book (#8) and the stories keep on coming. I've had enough of these little kids being forever chased by a guy that no one will ever catch. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2005 by FreeToRhyme
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
The Hostile Hospital is a great and exciting book. It is about three children named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who don't have parents anymore. Read more
Published on June 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and unpleasant
This is the eighth in a series of stories about unfortunate events that happen to the Baudelaires, three siblings who live by themselves after their parents die. Read more
Published on May 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars the hostile hospital
i tought that the book lacked the comidy as the others had.it is worth the time though.wich is about 3hours
Published on March 22 2004 by joshua duquette
4.0 out of 5 stars book the 8th
The Hostile Hospital is the 8th book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events.In this book we find out more about V.F.D and the Baudelaire family. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by john caul
3.0 out of 5 stars cori davis - a richview middle school student
The story starts out by telling you that if you were smart, you would put the book down and stop reading it. The Baudelaire orphans are the main characters. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
I thought this book was amazing, but yet in the beginning I thought it was boring because it was the same story as every other one. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars the hostile hospital
I think this book and all of the other books are great!!!
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by ,rylan
2.0 out of 5 stars meh gettin boring
the people out there that like happy books dont read this... there's even a disclaimer on the book about it. anyways its pretty good... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Crock Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again !!!
I love this book! This book is called A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hostile Hospital. It is the eighth book in the series by Lemony Snickets. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003
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