The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Morgan: Three orphans are sent to a dull academy, where they make two nice friends and two bad enemies.
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Gable: School, Shack, Violin, Notebooks, Running, Friends
Any particular reason for choosing this book?
Morgan: Yes, because I am reading the whole series.
Morgan: A stylistically consistent drama novel for children.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Morgan: It would probably be The Quagmire triplets, because they were so kind and also so hopeful.
Gable: The Quagmires because they risked their lives to get the Baudelaires out of Count Olaf’s clutches.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Morgan: Vice Principal Nero because he was so obnoxious and stupid.
Gable: Carmelita Spats because she bullied the Baudelaires for no good reason. But thank you, Carmelita, for giving me a nice-sounding name to call people I hate.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?
Morgan: It took me a while to get into it, but it was definitely worth the wait!
Gable: Real spooky at first. Lemony made it so you could feel like the Baudelaires and really relate.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: This one is a good balance of both.
What did you think of the ending?
Gable: Horrible. This ending was not like the others. It was plain old tragic with not a single stroke of happiness. And intense.
What was the moral of the story?
Morgan: To have hope, even in the most terrible of situations.
Gable: As long as you stick with your friends, everything will fine.
Did you learn anything?
Morgan: Yes. What Memento Mori means.
Gable: That “memento mori” means “remember you will die” in Latin, a poem with only two rhyming lines is called a couplet, and the meaning of the phrase “following suit”.
Morgan: “Shyness is a curious thing, because, like quicksand, it can strike people at any time, and also, like quicksand, it usually makes it’s victims look down.” – Lemony Snicket
Gable: “Klaus had known for all twelve years of his life that his older sister found a hand on her shoulder comforting – as long as the hand was attached to an arm, of course.” – Lemony Snicket
Have you read other books in the series?
Gable: Yes. This one was kind of lame, though. The best ones were the Reptile Room and the Wide Window. See my other reviews here.
Who would you recommend it to?
Morgan: People who liked the previous books in the series.
Gable: People who have been to boarding school and gym teachers and people who are very bored.
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Where do you find hope when it is lost?