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Shouldnt You Be In School
Shouldn't You Be in School?
Book Information

Lemony Snicket




Little, Brown and Company


September 30, 2014




Children's Fiction



Shouldn't You Be in School? was released September 30, 2014, and is the third of four books in Lemony Snicket's new series, All the Wrong Questions.

Publisher's summary

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?


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Page one of chapter one of Shouldn't You Be In School?

The book starts with Lemony Snicket reading a book on a hot morning in the Stain'd Library.  He thinks about how Hangfire is lurking around Stain'd By The Sea , and the Inhumane Society . Snicket thinks about the Colophon Clinic , and how it's now destroyed. He also narrates about how he's looking over the last school open left in Stain'd by the Sea, but there aren't many children left, as most have gone when they drained the sea. As he's reading Caviar: Salty Jewel of the Tasty Sea. ​He also talks about how he got  the librarian, Dashiell Querty walks up and asks Snicket if he's found anything. After a bit of talking Querty reveals that he's been getting threats. After a bit more talking Querty tells Snicket that someone is waiting for him at the door. Snicket wonders for a bit if it's Ellington Feint , a mysterious girl who has a smile that could mean anything. Instead it's Moxie Mallahan . Snicket asks how going through the archive is going, and she admits not well. Moxie notices that Snicket is thinking of Ellington and Snicket admits it. Moxie reveals that she had found an article about Porter Roeman oppsoing the draining of the sea.

​To be continued....


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Story notes

Shouldn't You Be in School concept

The first picture released, announcing the new book.

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