The Hostile Hospital: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Eighth by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist, Harper Collins, New York 2001, Scholastic, New York, 2002.
I keep coming back to the Series of Unfortunate Events. Each book the author says the reader should go elsewhere because of the depressing events which happen to the Baudelaire orphans, but I keep coming back. I think it is because I like the characters, Violet the inventor who ties her hair in a ribbon when she wants to think, Klaus the scholar, who loves books, and then Sunny, the baby who likes to chew things. These three character make for an interesting read.
In this book, the orphans are escaping from an accusation that they are murderers, which was promoted by the real murderer, Count Olaf. They seek refuge in a hospital, sleeping in the unfinished side. They are looking for the "Snicket File" which hopefully will shed more light on their circumstances. They only find one page, and this page gives them hope on of their parents may still be alive. However, they are again caught in a web created by Count Olaf. In stealing the keys to the hospital library, looking for the file, they violated the trust of the caretaker. However when Olaf burns the library, and the hospital, they are blamed for much more. Mixed in her is the almost cerebral decapitation of Violet, as part of an operation in the hospital.
Our orphans stay in a miserable circumstance, which only gets worse.
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