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The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
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Jun 21, 2010

it was amazing
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** spoiler alert ** Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Miserable Mill. New York, N.Y.: HarperCollins, 2000. Print.

The Miserable Mill changes the dynamic of the series quite a bit. With the kids no longer being entrusted to family members they are sent out into the world and become workers in a Mill. Many questions arise including ethics and things along those lines when the mill's owner, though charged to protect the children, puts them at risk by making them work to pay for their protection. Many ethical debates including Capitalism, workers rights, fair wage, and many other things are just a few of the issues dealt with in this book. It shines a very negative light on the corporate leaders, and the ones that have the workers best interest in mind are undeniably weak and ineffectual. Also there is a character who is an optimist, but to a very unrealistic degree. His world gets turned around as he is put into many bad situations throughout the book, which sends the message optimism isn't always the best way to look at a situation. The book throws more curve balls in the lessons that it teaches children and keeps the story moving along with a new and very interesting change in the lives of the children.
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