"Shouldn't You Be in School?"


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Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world.

Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594753094
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: All the Wrong Questions Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 134,252
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket's research has been collected and published in books, including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events. All The Wrong Questions is his first authorized autobiographical work.

Seth is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author, and artist living in Guelph, Canada.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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"Shouldn't You Be in School?" 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book abd series are awesome if you love LEMONY SNICKET'S books then another book i reccomend is the series of unfortunate events it is an awesome series too Also watch the series of unfortunate events movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is action packed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I also love series of unfortunate events, I have read it three times! Keep writing, Snicket :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeaaah pumped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should first read A Series of Unfortunate Events, then Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography, then All the Wrong Questions. If you read them in this order, a LOT will be revealed! READ ALL THE BOOKS IN ORDER WITHOUT SKIPPING! MY LITTLE SISTER SKIPPED SOME OF THE UNFORTUNATE EVENTS AND CANNOT GRASP EVERYTHING THE LITTLE THINGS MEAN!!! Just recently begun All the Wrong Questions, need to get second book, then will read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it super good
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book !!!!!! *:-|)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt read the book .
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DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you so much to Put Me In the Story & the publisher for sending me copies of all of these books in exchange for reviews!** I'd just like to give a quick mention that every book I received was personalized to the point where people I knew were even mentioned in the book! It was an extremely wonderful experience to read the book this way, so I highly suggest checking out Put Me In the Story to get your own personalized copies! In Shouldn't You Be In School? Lemony begins exploring a mystery revolving around arson as well as the Department of Education. The mysteries have gotten more serious with every book, as now the person behind everything is involved with arson. I was happy to finally get some answers in this book! I still have some questions, but I'm trusting that Snicket will reveal them in the fourth and final book. I still adore Moxie; there's just something about her. She's extremely clever and I love her as a character! Another awesome thing about this book is that Josephine made a cameo. I'm pretty sure that it's the very same Josephine from A Series of Unfortunate Events, though I'm not 100% positive. If it is, I'm super impressed! I love it when authors have other characters from their past works make cameos. This series just keeps getting better from book to book and Lemony's humor is still going strong. I can't wait to read the thrilling conclusion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of lemony snickets master pieces. Can noot wait till i get the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is way to intense to put it down. Read it or you won't ever know what AWESOME is. Don't put it down once you start. Listen to all the words and memorize it from front to back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!! Its so interisting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristine Hall for Readers' Favorite Young Lemony Snicket has been asked to help track an arsonist in the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. But as is often the case, where there is one mystery to solve, there are usually others, and those in Stain'd-by-the-Sea are plentiful. In his role as an apprentice detective (or is he?), Lemony quickly suspects that the evil villain Hangfire is behind more than the fires in town and that the schoolchildren are in danger from more than flames. Secrets and deception abound in Shouldn't You Be in School?, the third installment of All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket. Characters are fleshed out and well defined, and the plot stands alone, with ties to the prior stories explained enough so that there was no confusion. Foreshadowing is heavy, which entices readers to look for the next installment, and the language and imagery are fantastic. Lines like "I felt my mouth grinning around the spoon," and "Seeing a librarian in handcuffs is like seeing a fish gasping on a roll top desk. I couldn't look at it long," conjure very specific reactions from the listeners/readers. Also enjoyable was the repeated, amusing mechanism of the narrator defining words for listeners/readers, always qualifying his definitions with saying the word, followed by "a word, which here means ..." Oddly enough, I have not read the prior installments in this series, nor have I read any of the Series of Unfortunate Events, for which the All the Wrong Questions books are prequels. Nonetheless, I have heard enough about Lemony Snicket that I dove in, and I wasn't disappointed. Despite not having read the two books before Shouldn't You Be in School?, I had no problem figuring out the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. You might want to read his other books first though, than it makes more sense. And you should also read his other series. The Series of Unfotunate Events. They are really good too.
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Cool by alan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the seriez o unfortunate events series too:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theseries of unfortunate events movie is horrible. They should have made a series of differant movies like they ddid to the harry potter series. But the books are cool. ~LS
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