The Slippery Slope: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Tenth by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist, Scholastic, New York 2005, Harper Collins, New York 2003.
The tenth installment of the Unfortunate Events keeps the same general flavor, with new perils, and meeting a new friend. The Baudelaire Orphans continue pursuing the mystery of what VFD might stand for, and what does the organization mean to them. The make a new friend, the third member of the Quagmire triplets. And together the find the headquarters for VFD; but only after it has been burned to the ground by cohorts of Count Olaf. The two who burned the headquarter are so evil even Count Olaf is scared of them. They are going to take Olaf's gang to new levels of despicability. The Baudelaires, Violet and Klaus at the headquarters sifting through the remains, and Sunny with Count Olaf's men serving as cook, and being a spy, both discover that there is still hope. The followers of VFD are going to meat for a meeting. However, the destiny of our heroes is imperiled at the end, as the toboggan away from Olaf and his evil cohorts, but end up in a river, and separated from the Quagmire Triplet. I am enjoying these books, and appreciate the dry humor of Snicket. He is always advising his readers go away, so as to avoid a sad story, and I just keep coming back for more.
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