If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
If you like The Series of Unfortunate Events, here are some other books you might enjoy:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis-this series beginning with The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic that all should read!
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Primrose Squarp's parents go out on a boat in a storm one day and don't come back. She's sure they'll return one day, but she's having a hard time convincing the people of Coal Harbor!
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman is the first in a trilogy about a girl named Lyra Belacqua. Accompanied by her daemon (like her animal alter ego), she sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
A House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh
When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens's ill parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude, and embarks on adventures that involve strolling actors, St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, and a carnival float shaped like a giant cow. This is the first of three books in the
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences. This is also the first in a series.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease. With the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp?