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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Egmont (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405266155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405266154
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.6 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a runaway caravan hurtling down a precipitous mountain slope? Fourteen-year-old Violet, the oldest orphan of the three Baudelaires, decides to try to slow the velocity of the caravan with a drag-chute invention involving a viscous combination of blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, maraschino liqueur, peanut butter and so on.

If plummeting to their deaths wasn't scary enough, Violet and her brother Klaus have been separated from Sunny, their baby sister, who is in a car headed in the opposite direction up the mountain with the "facinorous" Count Olaf, his "villainous and stylish" girlfriend Esmé Squalor, and their creepy sidekicks.

Do Violet and Klaus find Sunny on the mountain? How will they survive the treacherous, snow-covered peaks with not much more than a ukulele and a bread knife, especially in the face of the "organised, ill-tempered" snow gnats? Will they finally unearth the mystery of the VFD? Will they find out if one of their parents is alive after all? The suspense!

As ever, the Baudelaires' unfolding tale of woe is sprinkled with Lemony Snicket's ridiculous, hilarious observations such as "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." The 10th book in The Series of Unfortunate Events takes readers through the Mortmain Mountains to the churning waters of the Stricken Stream with all the coexistent horror and silliness a Snicket fan could hope for. (Recommended for ages 9 and above.) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events:

“Wicked Good Fun.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid. Designed to alight on the best-seller lists.” – The New York Times Book Review

“Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over.” – Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
well what can i say this book will leave you of the edge of your seat. This book reveals a few things including who survives the terrible fire and what V.F.D stands for and believe me it's quite shocking(well so I think) but terrible Count Oalf is still up to his very nasty tricks and klaus,violet and sunny are in danger . This is a must see book and when it comes out near you READ IT.
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If you are addicted to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, then the tenth addition to this thirteen part series is a must have! If you enjoyed the early books but found the last few somewhat formulaic, then I still recommend Book the Tenth!
After countless tantalizing hints and suggestions, we finally get some real clues. Without giving anything important away, I can reveal that information is uncovered concerning whether or not both Baudelaire Parents really died in book one's fatal fire (hinted at in the last book); we draw much closer to finding out what the initials V.F.D. mean; we are reacquainted with at least two characters from the early books; and a hitherto missing person makes an astonishing appearance subsequently shedding considerable light on the tragic events blighting the Baudelaire sibling's lives. Furthermore, although you won't be able to read about it (for reasons of privacy), Violet has an unexpected romantic entanglement in a very cold place!
The last book left readers with a cliff-hanger: Sunny had been abducted by Count Olaf and his entourage and was being driven uphill, whilst Violet and Klaus were rolling downhill in an out-of-control carnival caravan. If that sounds bad ... then be warned ... things get much worse! If you enjoy cheerful books about mischievous elves, talking mice, magical spells and soft, fluffy teddy bears, then don't order this book - however, if you like alphabetical pledges, snow gnats, trained eagles, mysterious hidden letters, and find vicarious pleasure in the misfortunes of others (an expression which here means you like laughing at luckless orphans), then this is the book for you.
Finally, the obligatory dedication to Beatrice is the funniest yet!
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The tenth book in The Series of Unfortunate Events shows no sign of the titles slowing downor becoming boring. Snicket, as usual, has his audience captured from the first page. As a school librarian, it is heartily encouraging to see so many students of all ages reading these books, reserving them to read in order, and generally promoting reading and childrens' literature. Snicket has done for family, humour and mystery stories what Rowling has done for the fantasy genre. All the usual characters appear here - the three Baudelaire siblings are back along with the two orphaned triplets. Count Olaf is as cruel as always, but don't you just find yourself sympathising with him at times? OK, maybe not. Can I also encourage everyone to read the biography title (which at our school library, I have classed as Number 7A, as it doesn't make sense if you read it before book 7) as there are many clues as to the real identity of Count Olaf, and the somewhat mysterious Lemony Snicket. Why has he and his brother started appearing in the stories? Just read it! Great fun.
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Daniel Handler's done it again - this is the tenth book in the wonderful Lemony Snicket series and they just keep getting better (and bigger). As always, the reader is given just enough clues and pieces of the puzzle to think everything's coming together, and then is left at the end with even more questions than they started off with. This one is my favourite so far, and the plot has really started to thicken. If you have the Lemony Snicket Unauthorized Autobiography now's the time to give it a second read, as many of the threads started there are pulled together in The Slippery Slope. The characters really come into their own here, too - Sunny is growing up and gets whole chapters to herself. Her advances in speech are often hilarious - there's a hidden meaning in everything she says. There's also some romance for Violet with someone presumed dead, and the appearance of two new villains who even Olaf and Esme are afraid of. If you haven't yet delved into the wonders of the Snicket world, now's the time to begin, because this series could possibly be one of the most entertaining ever written.
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By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
There is a survivor of a fire! (Amazon this isn't a spoiler as it says this on the back cover of the book)I won't tell you who it is or what fire they survived but let me tell you it gives hope to the three unlucky Baudelaire children.
I am lucky enough to have read the ASOUE books right from the start and I ordered The Slippery Slope from amazon.com, so that is how I am writing this review. I urge all Lemony Snicket readers to not think 'I'll get The Slippery Slope later' because you need to read this now! It also reveals what VFD stands for.
A great book. Once you have read it, try the quiz on lemonysnicket.com (click on books)
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This book is one of the best in the series and will not dissapoint you at all! You find out who survives the great fire, more about count oalf (who is still up to his old tricks) what v.f.d stands for, which is ever so suprising! Buy and read now!
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