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  A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Review by: Erica W.
New Jersey, Grade 6

Although in the beginning of The Miserable Mill, Lemony Snicket tells you not to read this book don’t be concerned. Lemony Snicket say’s it is a story about three orphans who’s misery follows them everywhere they go. He also say’s that there is no happy ending to this book. Unfortunately, this is true but all that aside I suggest that you read it anyway!
The Miserable Mill takes place at Luck Smells Lumbermill, the Bauedlaire Orphan’s new care takers business. The Baudelaire Orphans soon find that this will not be their happy ending. They are forced to work at the lumbermill doing back breaking work. Mr. Poe had made a deal with there new care taker Sir. The Orphans are to work at the lumbermill until Voilet who is the oldest of the three orphans comes of age and Sir will keep Count Olaf away from the children. The Baudelaires kept their side of the deal but Sir did not. The Orphans soon find Count Olaf in disguise, and figure out his new plan which involves hypnotism, lying, and murder.
Daniel Handler or as he is more commonly known as Lemony Snicket writes this book as if you where at Lucky Smells Lumbermill watching the Orphans work. He describes the people and places so well that you could easily draw a picture just by reading his words. He describes Sir as a “short man dressed in a suit made of a very shiny dark green material that made him look more like a reptile than a person. His face was covered from a cloud of smoke that came from his cigar” As you can probably already tell, Sir dresses like a very important man and acts likes one too. But Sir is just a greedy man who is one of the reasons that the Baudelair orphans have such a miserable time a Luck Smells Lumbermill.

I enjoyed this book because after reading about the miserable life of the three Baudelair children you feel better about your life no matter how much you think it stinks. Another reason I enjoyed this book is because when I read it I go into another world.
This book is one of the most unfortunate tales of the Baudelaires since their parents perished. If you want to find out what happens to the orphans and if Count Olafs succeeds with his evil plan then you will just have to read The Miserable Mill for your self!

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