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The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
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Jun 21, 10

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Read in June, 2010

Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Austere Academy. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2000. Print.

With the series now taking its new form it continues with The Austere Academy. The children are sent to a boarding school, and in it they are subjected to many new and terrible things. There is a pompous Vice Principal, a teacher fully obsessed with his own life, and another obsessed with useless information. The new messages this book sends to people continue along the lines of a terrible world where the people in charge are not always the best people for the job. Olaf has become a character that is increasingly conniving throughout the series, and continues to stay that way within this book as well. The children meet some more orphans who are in a similar case as they are, with the exception of Count Olaf. They decide to work together, but ultimately it spells disaster for the other orphans. They are kidnapped by Count Olaf. The statement "no good deed goes unpunished", is a recurring theme which rears its ugly head in this book, as with the last one as well.
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