The Austere Academy

The Austere Academy

By Lemony Snicket; Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780064408639, 240pp.

Publication Date: December 2008

As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home Prufrock Preparatory School: they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento Mori or "Remember you will die." This is not a cheerful greeting and certainly marks an inauspicious beginning to a very bleak story just as we have come to expect from Lemony Snickett's Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got worse.

About the Author
LEMONY SNICKET is a broken man, wracked with misery and despair as a result of writing the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 39 languages. He is known to communicate through his dashing emissary, Daniel Handler, whose most recent novel, "Why We Broke Up", was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and received starred reviews from six major publications. Visit him at

SETH has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author and artist, whose works include "Palookaville, Clyde Fans", and "The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists".

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.