A Series Of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy: The Austere Academy by Lemony SnicketA Series Of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

A Series Of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy: The Austere Academy

byLemony Snicket

Hardcover | July 20, 2000

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As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home Prufrock 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 Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got worse.

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events andThe Composer Is Dead.
Title:A Series Of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy: The Austere AcademyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.92 inPublished:July 20, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064408639

ISBN - 13:9780064408639

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Austere Academy A great addition to the series. Great to see a different living situation.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The series takes some big leaps in this one. Great addition to the series!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! The narrative voice is a joy to read aloud, and I just love the cartoonish "grimdark".
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great series for young adults clever and entertaining! it is full of mysteries and very well written
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Kids of all ages must read these books! They are absolutely fantastic.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Austere Academy A fantastic addition to the series. One of the best.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting twist but the auther is getting repetitive with his writing.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from These poor children... It's getting almost repetitive in regards to the plot. I don't know how many more of these books I can take
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best My favorite in the entire series
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the series I finished this book the same day I finished the fourth book, and so far I love this book. It's the best of the series; you finally get to see the children with people who actually can relate to them and the start of a big secret of Count Olaf.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Getting more interesting.. Not that the books before weren't great, but it was around this book that it started to get even better. It takes a turn and it's definitely worth it to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series is one of the best. Definitely no complaints with a book like this. But reader be warned, it is quite unfortunate.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great but unfortunate series Love this series! I read this when I was younger and learned so many words from these books. Definitely a good read :)
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funny the funniest series i've ever read!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and a change in pace This book marks a turn in the series. Things become less predictable from this point forward and new mysteries begin to come to light.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from humorous the funniest and most sarcastic series i've ever read
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book My favourite in the series. Really well done. The plot gets so much more interesting.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the series takes off This is where the series really takes off and becomes addicting!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book 5 favourite Probably my favourite book of the series because this book introduces the secret organization to the series. It is also the first book where we see the Baudelaire's interact with other children.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Part Five of an Interesting Series All of my friends and I were reading these book when they came out back in our elementary school days. They were different than anything on the market, and we couldn't get enough of it. There was always something to discuss amongst friends during the reading of this series, and all of us in particular remember the entire page on which was written exclusively, and excessively, very, very, very... An excellent series to introduce to younger readers. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series! I started reading these books in elementary school and continued reading into my teenage years. Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket can twist and play with words like no other and his style is a delight to read. Although the unfortunate events are numerous, this is more than a depressing read. The Baudelaires are truly resilient and it's inspiring and comforting all at once. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAV a great deconstruction of the boarding school genre as a whole, as well as a god continuation of the series.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The best in the series, in my opinion. 10/10
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Love this series. Another great addition I loved reading.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and fun! This book was great at capturing children's fears about school. As with all of the other titles in the series, it is another fun and exciting chapter in the story of Klaus, Sunny and Violet.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Another one of my favorites in the series
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I liked the middle portion of this book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Not exactly a stimulating read but this series is fun and interesting. This book was a little lacking even so, not one of my favorites.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slipping a Bit Not bad but not as good as some of the others. I do hope this is not a preview of what is to come but I didn't find it a funny as the previous in the series. There were some interesting developments though as far as some additional characters. We will have to see if this leads to anything...hmmmm.
Date published: 2009-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an absolute must read !!! this was a very enjoyable book but I suggest that you read the first four before this, then read the rest of the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2007-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book THIS BOOK ROCKS. Who wouldn't want to read the Lemony Snicket book collection, it's the best collection. The Austere Acad. rocks. If I could read any book it would be this 1. If u haven't read any of the books, I wouldn't start with thsi 1, you wouldn't get the point of the story unless you've read books 1-4 first.THIS BOOK IS 1 OF THE GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. THIS COLLECTION OF BOOKS IS THE BEST EVER!.
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemony Snicket Rocks i love all of the Lemony Snicket books, but this one is the best so far! he is so funny, and captures your attention right away! have fun reading(i know you will)!
Date published: 2005-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I CANT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN I must tell you about this book it is exciting and full of twists and turns is has wonderfull people and horrible people this book is not like a reglar book this book has every thing in it. It is exciting, sad ,horrible ,happy,(very little happines)misterious and more i just must tell you to read this book because it is the best boow i have ever ever ever ever ever read and i think you will feel the same way to.
Date published: 2003-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have read in years This is an extremely good book and every other book by Lemony Snicket. He is an amazing author!! He writes down the feels of people and he also knows how to describe objects and human being every well. I think you should read this book for your next book report because it is an easy book to understand. If you want to know a very easy book to understand and not babyish, read: Rewind; do-over . c.ya lata! Max.
Date published: 2002-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excitment For You This book was amazing! I wanted to read an exciting series and boy i found the right one. Violet, Sunny and Klaus's life seem like the perfect setting for this series. The excitment raises whenever Count Olaf joins the story. I never let my eyes leave the page! It was that exciting. Every book in this series was. Take my advice if you want a new and exciting series read this one. Within the pages of this book you read about these three orphans doing S.O.R.E. and exams. If there is one thing this book has its excitment.
Date published: 2001-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply the best This book is awesome. I luv all of the series of books writen by Lemony Snicket. They are the best books ever.
Date published: 2001-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was amazingly good. You just have to read it. I was never bored for one second. I deeply reccomend this book and the whole series. It's awesome!
Date published: 2001-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOTALLY AWESOME I've read all the series by Mr. Snicket up to book five and let me say that I am very impressed. The books have gotten better ever since book one. I can't wait until I read the sixth one. KEEP WRITING, MR. SNICKET!
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Austere Academy Boy!Was this book excellent!I could never put my eyes on anything but it. I like how the author puts lots of effort in to this book,because it turnd out great. I thought that S.O.R.E (in the 7th chapter) was just plane sore.S.O.R.E stands for Special Orphan Running Exercises.The orphans had to put a big circle of luminous paint on the front lawn in the dark.Soon as they were done they had to run as many laps as they could until coach Genghis said "stop". And because they were orphans they had to live in the orphans shack.It was treacherous!They had to put up with face snapping crabs and dripping fungus.But Violet decided to put metal on the bottom of there shoes so it can scare the crabs away. The Vice Principal Nero always mimmicks the children.So if you were to say"I flunked on my metric exam". He would say right back to you "I flunked on my metric exam". So if you are up for a exciting novel tune into "The Austere Academy" by Lemony Snicket.
Date published: 2001-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "LUCKY YOU" If you think you've got it bad you should put yourself in the shoes of Violet,Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. It"s was bad enough that their being stalked by the evil Count Olaf, not to mention the crab infested orphan shack they were forced to live in.If you still find this to sound perfecly normal you should hear the jobs and classes they had to attened. Inant Sunny had to work as a secretarial assistant to Vice Principal Nero,Klaus was enrolled in Mrs.Bass's class where they spent almost the entire day making pointless measurements and Violet was attending Mr.Remora's class where the day was spent reading pointless stories. That still wasn't the worst of it every evening the had to attend the S.O.R.E prgram which forced them to have to run untill the early hours of the morning ,so consider yourself lucky!
Date published: 2000-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lemony snickets hot book #5 I read with much anticipation because I have read all of mr.Snickets books. I think that the book has some harsh details, but the idea of what's going to happen to the Baudelaires that I makes me not able to help myself. This series is anmazing. I recomend this book to people who get very curious easily.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totaly not austere!! This time the very unlucky Baudelaires go to a terrible boarding school. If you are in the mood for a no cups, no silverwear , candy buying , awful violin playing , crabby , unfortanute book than I suggest you read this .It will grab your attention even in the bathroom. It makes Harry Potter look 1 inch small.SO GO NOW AND READ IT!!!
Date published: 2000-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waaaaaaaaa! Now we meet more children like the Baudelaires! They're so cool, and handle "Prufrock Prep" well, despite the dripping fungus and snapping crabs. This is because they have two friends, the Quagmire triplets. They're alive, at least, and no Count Olaf! Until, of course, he shows up again. But they CAN'T, for the life of them, figure out what he's up to until it's too late. Between Fungus, crabs, awful violinists, and another encounter with Count Olaf, the Baudelaires survive again, and make a great story while they're at it.
Date published: 2000-09-16

From the Author

Dear Reader,If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

From Our Editors

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For these unfortunate siblings school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. In fact, within the chapters of The Austere Academy, the children will face strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, a girl named Carmelita Spats, smelly sneakers, and the metric system. The fifth book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, which tells the wretched adventures of the charming Baudelaires at boarding school, is an exquisitely dark comedy, both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. The multitalented Lemony Snicket spins an uproariously unhappy tale about three captivating and resilient orphans facing yet another bout of outrageous misfortune.