I teach 9-12 English at Dayton Learning Center, the alternative school for RCPS.
The series begins with book one “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” Lemony is apprenticing for the V.F.D. to protect a statue from a nefarious villain named Hangfire. As usual, the adults in his world, including his guardian, are clueless and are often guilty of taking a bad situation and making it worse. Lemony teams up with a host of intelligent and independent children to help uncover the truth in an ever increasing tangle of lies and deception.
One of my favorite things about this series is that, unlike most books, you are often left with more questions than answers. Sometimes, it feels as if you are experiencing the plot through a thickening fog. While this may frustrate some readers initially, it often lets you become your own detective and make discoveries of your own along the way. The narrative is fast paced with plenty of twists and deceit to keep any reader engaged.
Even if you haven’t read the original series, All The Wrong Questions is a great, short series to introduce you to the intriguing world of Lemony Snicket.