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Warning: Your day will become very dark - and possibly damp - if you read this book.

Plan to spend this spring in hiding. Lemony Snicket is back with the eleventh book in his New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Lemony Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to provoke suspicion and despair in read
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 2004)
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Jamieson
In the eleventh book in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, we find the three young Baudelaire siblings in a grim bit of trouble, escaping from the nefarious Count Olaf by riding a toboggan down the Stricken Stream, hoping to find a sugar bowl before he does.

The Baudelaire siblings don’t know what is so important about the sugar bowl, only that it may mean the end of their troubles.Unsure how to get out of the Stricken Stream without drowning, the three siblings contemplate their fate. Violet, the
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Constadina
What can I say about these books?? For me they're so much more than children's books. Sure a child will probably enjoy them but I think you have to be older to fully appreciate the cleverness of these books and the genius that Lemony Snicket is. I think he's one of my favorite authors because he's clever, he's intriguing and mainly because he's sarcastic. One of my favorite parts of his books are the little poems he writes for Beatrice and of course his failed attempt to make us not read his boo ...more
Charlotte
This book was the eleventh installment in Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. In this book, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus find themselves aboard a submarine, The Queequeg, with a crazy captain (who’s catch phrase is “Aye!”), his stepdaughter, and their overly optimistic cook. The three Baudelaires are eager to know what V.F.D. is, and they plan to attend a V.F.D. meeting with the crew. However, they are also preoccupied with finding the sugar bowl (the reason as to why the sugar ...more
Elliot
I feel such pity for my friends who stopped reading the series here! Though The Grim Grotto has wonderful merits -- including hilarious pirate-speak, a more humorously allusive Sunny, and the history of the man with two hooks instead of hands -- it cannot compare to the beauty of final two books in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The adventure in The Grim Grotto is among the series' most gripping. Beneath the sea, the Baudelaires and Fiona drift through the black currents into the Gorgonian Grott
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Kat Thomas
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.

The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem
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Mark Lawrence
I continue my relentless 3*ing of the series, though this volume was significantly better than the previous one (The Slippery Slope).

Much of the action takes place on submarines. These submarines appear to contain cavernous, often rectangular rooms, although the first of them is encountered in a mountain stream... Later a submarine's window (yup, window) is repaired with chewing gum.

My science is further hurt by the claim that sonar of the type that puts a tracking dot on the screen works by lis
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Deborah Markus
First: I’m listening to this as read by Tim Curry, which is nothing but awesome. However: If you’re doing the same, you might want to grab a copy from the library long enough to look at the last several pages. Snicket includes no less than six “To My Kind Editor” letters, and Curry doesn’t read them. Which is not his fault, because nothing is his fault, because Tim Curry is a rock god and if you don’t understand that you need to leave my house right now.

The reason Curry doesn’t read these letter
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Iris
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Da
Chance led them to an acquaintance and Klaus' first love!- Of course Phil as well, or "Cookie" as captain named him. Their strengths and knowledge guide them as well as being a source of aid to Widdershins and his crew. A new voyage is set in motion! Undersea, undercover, understanding, underestimated, undefeateable...?

Sunny with Phil in cooking, Violet and Captain Widdershins at the ship, and Fiona in the company of Klaus working on maps or looking through books. Fiona who has an interest in my
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Swankivy
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Phillip
The 3 orphans would go undersea with a captain. The captain is part of the VFD organization that help people out. They go undersea and Count Olaf follows them. They are going undersea because they are in search of the Sugar Bowl. Then Sunny caught a disease on their way there. In order to cure this disease Sunny would have to eat wasabi. The submarine would then sink and they float all the way to this hotel. Count Olaf was also in the submarine and he floats his way up as well since they did not ...more
Bri
Jun 25, 2008 Bri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Lemony Snicket Fans
Recommended to Bri by: Mrs.Cook
This book was really cool to read. In this one(there are 13 in the whole series), you discover the horrible fungus called medusoid mycelium, and it kills you within the hour.
When Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire go to find a certain bowl, they get trapped in an underwater cave filled with the deadly fungus.
Back on their submarine, they find no trace of Captain Widdershins, and the siblings discover that Sunny's helment has been infested by Medusiod Mycelium. Count Olaf( the villan in all
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Michelle E.
>Originally read in Fall 2011
>Reread December 11 to 13, 2013

Fiona says people are a mixture of good and bad, but there is nothing good about (view spoiler)
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Miss Bookiverse
This is my favourite book in the Series Of Unfortunate Events. I thought it was even darker and more dramatic (poor Sunny!) than its prequels. I loved the whole underwater setting and the new secrets and solutions. Also Klaus seems to finally have found a match for himself ;) And it's so cute how much Violet misses Crickley. I'd really like to read a book about the Baudelaires when they're a little older, nearing 20. That would be interesting.
Can't wait for the final 2 books.
Anna
"When you are invited to dine, particularly with people you do not know very well, it always helps to have a conversational opener, a phrase which here means 'an interesting sentence to say out loud in order to get people talking.' Although lately, it has become more and more difficult to attend dinner parties without the evening ending in gunfire or tapioca, I keep a list of good and bad conversational openers in my commonplace book in order to avoid awkward pauses at the dinner table. 'Who wou ...more
Alayne
3.75.

Digamos que me colgué un toque con este libro y estuve leyéndolo por días. Sí, a pesar de lo corto que es, al leerlo en epub con el celular me olvidaba a cada rato y como no quería perderme de la historia lo retomaba.

Hubo partes flojitas y otras muy interesantes.
Eso de que ahora, a partir del sexto o séptimo libro (no me acuerdo) cada vez se vayan revelando más secretos me gusta mucho, mantiene al lector pendiente y expectante.

Lo que más me gustó es que, de una vez por todas, tienen una es
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Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
*3.5*

This book was a four stars, and then I remembered how a couple of things in the writing really started to grow tiresome for me in this book. Namely, the 'laughing' that Olaf, Esme and Carmelita did. I understand the point, but maybe it was just slightly overused.
I feel like this book is the one I've read and remembered the least of, which is good! It meant that I forgot the plot twists that were coming. Poor Baudelaires. They just never have anything go right for them.
So sad that this se
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Aprille
This book or rather this series is a very fun read!
Drebbles
Book the Eleventh in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, begins with Violet, Klaus and Sunny rushing down the Stricken Stream in a toboggan. Soon they are picked up by the submarine Queequeg, piloted by Captain Widdershins, with his stepdaughter Fiona, and Phil, an old friend from an earlier book, on board. The children are in search of a sugar bowl, which has vanished into a treacherous underwater cave, so small that only the children can enter it. Unfortunately, the cave is filled w ...more
Sam
Title: The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
Author: Lemony Snicket

Ever since I was young, I always wanted to visit the deep sea, because I thought the deep sea is full of mysteries, suspires, and freedom. When I picked up the 11th book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Grim Grotto; I was quickly enthralled by the mysterious cover.
In the 11th book of A Series of Unfortunate Event, the Grim Grotto, the Baudelaire orphans get a chance to visit the deep sea like I always want
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Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe
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Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 3/5

A toboggan, floating precariously on an icy stream, is not a particularly pleasant place to be. Sadly for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, this is their current location. Not for long, however, because our orphans eventually encounter a seafaring crew on a submarine called the Queequeg, and while the crew can best be described as ‘volatile’, the Baudelaires are temporarily relieved to have found allies. What ensues is a quest for a sugar bo
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Tahmina
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Livvy
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Give me some lovin' please!

It’s been a long time since I read the first ten books of this series, and I easily fell back into reading this one. Snicket creates a tragic event in three young children’s life into an exciting, extraordinary and unique tale of mystery, adventure and despair.

He continually tells you not to read on and relates the story around a theme. For this instalment our central focus was upon the w
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Cohen Tysse
Lemony Snicket
Grim Grotto

Have you ever wanted to go in a submarine? Would you want to with your siblings? in Lemony Snicket’s Grim Grotto the Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus and sonny don’t have a choice. They are forced to run and hide from the police and a horrible man named Count Olaf. Earlier in this captivating book series Count Olaf framed the orphans for murder and search for a group called V.F.D. Count Olaf and his evil crew’s goal is to take the orphans inheritance. No matter where the
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Carmen
Dec 19, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
An amazing book in an amazing series.

Vocabulary that children will learn in this book: Grim, phenomena, evaporation, precipitation, turmoil, notorious, newfound, tedious, tributary, cartographer, decode, denouement, gurgle, ponder, overwhelm, trickle, hinterlands, passive, fidget, emporium, periscope, shalom, etch, parentheses, renowned, lachrymose, plaque, marmoset, cavernous, dramatize, plight, exploit, perceptive, confounding, convoluted, predominant, stupefaction, dilapidated, optimist, bamb
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Chris Blocker
The Grim Grotto starts off wonderfully. There is a good mix of what makes this series entertaining. We're introduced to two new characters—one as hilarious as Aunt Josephine was, the other as seemingly loyal as the Quagmires (and cute too). The conspiracy continues to unravel, Sunny continues to utter adorableness, and events continue to grow more and more unfortunate.

The second half of the book wasn't nearly as wonderful, primarily because the book loses its humor, becomes trapped by the advent
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Neil Robarge
This book was a good edition to the Series of Unfortunate Events books because it told a new part of the story where the Baudelaires were stuck by a river and discovered a submarine. They climbed into the submarine and met the rest of the crew and tried to find a treasure that the captain of the submarine called the sugar bowl. Their adventures included spending the night in a dark underwater cave, relying on diving equipment and air tanks in a situation where Sunny, the baby gets a deadly fungu ...more
Jordan Owen
This interesting book called "The Grim Grotto" is amazing. The author of this book is Lemony Snicket, who has written the rest of the "Series of Unfortunate Events." The genre of this book is realistic fiction, as a story. Things events could happen, but this probably isn't very common. It is about the Baudelaire siblings, who has become orphans because their parents have past away in a horrible fire when they were young. In this book, the siblings have been lost in a stream when they come to f ...more
Claire
The Grim Grotto bodes well for the coming climax of the thirteen books in the Series of Unfortunate Events. It introduces some wonderful new characters, especially Captain Widdershins. It reintroduces some minor characters from previous books in the series. But best of all, it introduces new mysteries and the possible solution of old ones, so that the final two coming books will not just be a matter of a fight of good over evil and tying up loose ends. As with many of the other books in the seri ...more
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
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