The Slippery Slope: Book the Tenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

The Slippery Slope: Book the Tenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)


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Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided.

Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The tenth book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064410137
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2003
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 34,729
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Kupperman has done many illustrations for such publications as Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He frequently writes scripts for DC Comics. This is his first book.

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

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.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Chapter One

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely,and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.

Like a dead poet, this book can be said to be on the road less traveled, because it begins with the three Baudelaire children on a path leading through the Mortmain Mountains, which is not a popular destination for travelers, and it ends in the churning waters of the Stricken Stream, which few travelers even go near. But this book is also on the road less traveled, because unlike books most people prefer, which provide comforting and entertaining tales about charming people and talking animals, the tale you are reading now is nothing but distressing and unnerving, and the people unfortunate enough to be in the story are far more desperate and frantic than charming, and I would prefer to not speak about the animals at all. For that reason, I can no more suggest the reading of this woeful book than I can recommend wandering around the woods by yourself, because like the road less traveled, this book is likely to make you feel lonely, miserable, and in need of help.

The Baudelaire orphans, however, had no choice but to be on the road less traveled. Violet and Klaus, the two elder Baudelaires, were in a caravan, traveling very quickly along the high mountain path. Neither Violet, who was fourteen, nor Klaus, who had recently turned thirteen, had ever thought they would find themselves on this road, except perhaps with their parents on a family vacation. But the Baudelaire parents were nowhere to be found after a terrible fire destroyed their home -- although the children had reason to believe that one parent may not have died in the blaze after all -- and the caravan was not heading up the Mortmain Mountains, toward a secret headquarters the siblings had heard about and were hoping to find. The caravan was heading down the Mortmain Mountains, very quickly, with no way to control or stop its journey, so Violet and Klaus felt more like fish in a stormy sea than travelers on a vacation.

But Sunny Baudelaire was in a situation that could be said to be even more desperate. Sunny was the youngest Baudelaire, still learning to speak in a way that everyone could understand, so she scarcely had words for how frightened she was. Sunny was traveling uphill, toward the headquarters in the Mortmain Mountains, in an automobile that was working perfectly, but the driver of the automobile was a man who was reason enough for being terrified. Some people called this man wicked. Some called him facinorous, which is a fancy word for "wicked." But everyone called him Count Olaf, unless he was wearing one of his ridiculous disguises and making people call him a false name. Count Olaf was an actor, but he had largely abandoned his theatrical career to try to steal the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents had left behind. Olaf's schemes to get the fortune had been mean-spirited and particularly complicated, but nevertheless he had managed to attract a girlfriend, a villainous and stylish woman named Esmé Squalor, who was sitting next to Count Olaf in the car, cackling nastily and clutching Sunny on her lap. Also in the car were several employees of Olaf's, including a man with hooks instead of hands, two women who liked to wear white powder all over their faces, and three new comrades Olaf had recently recruited at Caligari Carnival. The Baudelaire children had been at the carnival, too, wearing disguises of their own, and had pretended to join Count Olaf in his treachery, but the villain had seen through their ruse, a phrase which here means "realized who they really were, and cut the knot attaching the caravan to the car, leaving Sunny in Olaf's clutches and her siblings tumbling toward their doom." Sunny sat in the car and felt Esmé's long fingernails scratch her shoulders, and worried about what would happen to her and what was happening to her older siblings, as she heard their screams getting fainter and fainter as the car drove farther and farther away.

"We have to stop this caravan!" Klaus screamed. Hurriedly, he put on his glasses, as if by improving his vision he might improve the situation. But even in perfect focus, he could see their predicament was dire. The caravan had served as a home for several performers at the carnival's House of Freaks before they defected -- a word which here means "joined Count Olaf's band of revolting comrades " -- and now the contents of this tiny home were rattling and crashing with each bump in the road. Klaus ducked to avoid a roasting pan, which Hugo the hunchback had used to prepare meals and which had toppled off a shelf in the commotion. He lifted his feet from the floor as a set of dominoes skittered by -- a set that Colette the contortionist had liked to play with. And he squinted above him as a hammock swung violently overhead. An ambidextrous person named Kevin used to sleep in that hammock until he had joined Olaf's troupe, along with Hugo and Colette, and now it seemed like it might fall at any moment and trap the Baudelaires beneath it.

The only comforting thing that Klaus could see was his sister, who was looking around the caravan with a fierce and thoughtful expression and unbuttoning the shirt the two siblings were sharing as part of their disguise ...

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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in the booksrore, they were no slippery slope books
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I liked this one. Alot of the series is kind of disappointing but I enjoyed this one. I liked the Idea of the mysterious kid in the sweater. It kept me reading because of the events in the book were smart of lemony snicket to put in (or who ever he is).Alot of the triplets were in this book which is good cause I like them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 it had alot of action1
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This is a great book, but I don't think the ehigth thru 13 are apropriate for 7-9 year old readers. Events become more guesome: People are eaten by lions, three disasterous fires, people poisoned by extremely deadly mushrooms, the orphans accidently kill a man named Dewey Denoumont, Count Olaf abandons Ezme, the V.F.D. HQ is burned down, the hook handed man's identity is revealed, a newfound freind of the orphans is lost,and two major characters die (But I asure you Violet, Klaus, and Sunny don't die.) None the less, a great book. * Note: WARNING: READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so cool! A must read. It really keeps you quessing.PLEASE READ! SNICKET RULES!! I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a good book. The whole thing was good. Sunny really grew up. You would have to read the previous books to fully understand it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
these books really keep you off the edge of your seat!!! every book in this series leaves you hanging. This book is filled with mysteries that seem they will never be answered. I can't wait to read The Grim Grotto
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tenth book was a little scary. Because Count Olaf takes Sunny away from Violet,and Kaus Badulaire! And also this mean girl named Carmelita Spats appeard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has alot of important V.F.D. stuff and there is a twist and it's really really good. The descriptions are great as always!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
being a young kid (11 years old to be x-act)i love the kinds of books that are random, books that put you in suspense, and make you feel as if the book is glued to your hand. this book is all that......and more. you finally find out something VERY important (like i'd tell you, *hah*)you find something that you thought was once lost, and you are put into the most suspense!!! i L-O-V-E-D it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This here is the best episode in the series yet! Most people might enjoy the deppresing developement of book 11 but this conquers over all 11 grim books! A must read. Oh but sierously read the other 9 first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the best books i have ever read. it is avery funny book. it was my most favorite book in the sieries.
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This book was great! I liked it so much. Sometimes it was hard to put down the book. This book is about, the Baudelaires being seperated and more. Violet and Klaus are in a caravan from the carnival, and Sunny is being tortured by Esme Squalor (Count Olaf's girlfriend), and Count Olaf himself. Sunny is forced to cook their meals and do the chores.Violet and Klaus find someone who survived a terrible fire. Sunny is at the top of the mountain and Violet and Klaus are at the bottom of the mountain at the V.F.D. headquarters discovering things about V.F.D. During this time, the Baudelaires were missing each other. I'm not going to spoil the book for you, so go get it and read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Harry Potter, pick up these books. They are very quick reads, obviously, but there's enough in there for the adults to find humerous, and a surprising vocabulary. As with all children's books, there is a repetitive nature to the story, but 'Snicket' has you hooked anyway.