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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
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
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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 morePublished on Dec 1 2005 by FreeToRhyme
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 morePublished on June 1 2004
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 morePublished on May 29 2004
i tought that the book lacked the comidy as the others had.it is worth the time though.wich is about 3hoursPublished on March 22 2004 by joshua duquette
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 morePublished on March 20 2004 by john caul
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 morePublished on March 11 2004
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Crock Davidson