Title: The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: August 8, 2000
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,
This story is a little different, because the Beaudelaire children go to school. However, it is not a typical school experience. They are ostracized from the rest of the school by having to live in the “orphan shack.” Since Sunny is a baby, she can’t go to school, so instead the vice principal (their guardian) makes her work as his secretary!
Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete without Count Olaf coming after the siblings. He gets past the security system the principal set up, and poses as the coach for the school.
The Beaudelaires make some friends named the Quagmires. They are a brother and sister, who were triplets but their other brother died in a fire just like the Beaudelaire’s parents. There are many similarities between the Beaudelaires and Quagmires. I can’t wait to see what happens in their friendship.
Have you read The Austere Academy? What did you think of it?