I just read The Miserable Mill

This is the fourth book in the series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket. My children had recommended these books to me last year. I have to say they are really great books for readers of all ages. Here are just a few points about this book:

  • The quality of the writing is maintained. It’s difficult for a writer to keep the same level of work through several books but Snicket manages to pull it off.
  • The book is hard to put down. As in the other books, it seems that the next page will contain an important plot twist. The pace is constant and even.
  • It treats the intelligence of young readers with respect. I love the way Snicket doesn’t shy away from words children won’t understand but instead simply defines the word for the reader. He also doesn’t let you assume the children are helplessly waiting for someone to rescue them. They do what is in their abilities to overcome obstacles they research, read, think, invent. Children are treated as if they are people, imagine that.

This book is a treat as much as the other three before it were. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

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