Hardcover, 221 pages

English language

Published April 4, 2002 by Egmont.

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3 stars (3 reviews)

As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home 埐rufrock Preparatory School : they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento Mori or "Remember you will die." This is not a cheerful greeting and certainly marks an inauspicious beginning to a very bleak story just as we have come to expect from Lemony Snickett's Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got worse. Ages 10+

7 editions

Review of 'The austere academy' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another fine installment to this series, not sure what I can say that I've already said before. Same stuff happens, adults are either dumb or evil, the kids are super intelligent. This time events happen in a boarding school and features the first "plot-hole" of sorts, the vice principal is in residence and is tormenting the pupils with his excellent violin skillz, but there is no sign of the Principal and it either doesn't mention where he is or I missed it. ??

This book features the mighty cakesniffer that is Carmelita Spatz, she is brilliant and doesn't get enough book time for me.

I have seen the TV series which was great and here is the first major difference, no librarian. Interesting as she has a big role in the series, up to this point the series had been loyal to the books.

Another great fun book that is …

Review of 'No Longer a Slumdog' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

The Positives:

- This edition as nice paper.
- The book is a fast reading, and if you're into ii an awesome skimming
- It makes us think and rethink our capitalist way of living

The Negatives:

- Sounds like a load of crap (and as I've done some research it apparently is, as K.P. Yohannan the author is being tried for fraud)
- The tone of the book is set to manipulate and elude
- They try an imply that we have to help this children and give them money because they're in need but they'll help only if they're being indoctrinated at the same time
- There is no precise data throughout the book about costs, specific situations, needs, etc.
- They deliberately say they saw people being cured by the"grace of god" but there are no prove or way to prove it

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3 stars


  • Boarding schools -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.