If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The Bad Beginning (Book One in A Series of Unfortunate Events): This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune. (Library Journal)

If you like The Bad Beginning, read the other twelve in the series:

The Reptile RoomCity of Glass City of AshesThe Ersatz Elevator

The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Carnivorous Carnival  The Slippery SlopeThe Grim Grotto

The Penultimate Peril The End 

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