The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
(A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 4)

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Don’t start with Book 4—it’s not the best introduction to the series.
-Nights and Weekends


I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Ages 10+


About Lemony Snicket

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Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead. Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 216 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Nights and Weekends

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Reviewed by Kristin Dreyer Kramer on Jun 01 2008

Don’t start with Book 4—it’s not the best introduction to the series.

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Above average
Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on Apr 05 2008

The tricky work of a hypnotist and an accident at the mill just add to their misery.

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Reviewed by Gil T. Wilson on Oct 21 2008

The continued sarcasm and wit of the Author, Lemony Snicket, is even more prevalent in this book.

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