The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)
By Lemony Snicket
After escaping the village of V.F.D. and freeing themselves from Count Olaf’s clutches once again, the Baudelaire children are now on their own. They find themselves at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere with the hope of getting a message to Mr. Poe. The issue now is that they need to stay as covert as possible because it’s been published in the local newspaper (The Daily Punctilio) that they’re dangerous murderers. After another narrow escape, they end up at Heimlich Hospital where they find an interesting and shocking clue regarding the fire that killed their parents. With Violet Baudelaire in serious trouble, Klaus and Sunny have to scramble up a plan to save her, but how can they possibly save her all alone? Will Count Olaf finally be captured, or will his ridiculous shenanigans continue?
“Babs has resigned from Heimlich Hospital,” said the voice, and the siblings felt as if they could see the cruel smile Olaf always had on his face when he was telling lies. “She decided to pursue a career as a stuntwoman, and has begun throwing herself off buildings immediately. My name is Mattathias, and I am the new Head of Human Resources. I will be conducting a complete inspection of every single employee here at Heimlich Hospital, beginning immediately. That is all.”
This installment is definitely one of my personal favorites yet. Similar to The Vile Village, it’s a little slow to start, but then all of us were on edge for the final half. The villains in this series just keep getting more desperate and become quite murderous this time around with the Baudelaires in the most danger they’ve found themselves in since the start of the series. There were a few parts in the story that were totally unbelievable, but in a work of fiction such as this, it worked out just fine for us.
Overall, we enjoyed this installment. It seems that this book is one of the darkest of all, especially with the setting. With the children left in such a dangerous predicament by the end of the story, we’ll more than likely move right on to book nine.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 – 6
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064408663
- ISBN-13: 978-0064408660
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