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A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the First: The Bad Beginning
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book #1 of 13
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Brett Helquist

Book Info

Published on August 25, 1999
Age Group: 9 - 12 years
Reading Level: AR: 6.4 (4.0 Points, Quiz #41281)
GLE: 6.1
F&P/GRL: V
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 1010L

Summary:
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Publisher Description:
Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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