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Lemony Snicket

Jan 26, 2014 — Every year, the Caldecott Medal goes to the artist of the most distinguished American children's book. The award committee doesn't bother with nominees, but that doesn't mean we can't wildly speculate about what could win.
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Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
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Jun 19, 2013 — Are you afraid of the dark? In his latest children's book, The Dark, Daniel Handler — who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket — takes on darkness itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear.
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Apr 12, 2013 — In Who Could That Be at This Hour?, a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Daniel Handler satirizes pulp mysteries and uncovers the parallels between detective fiction and childhood. In both, he says, an outsider is trying to make his way in a mysteriously corrupt world.
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Dec 10, 2012 — In Who Could That Be at This Hour?, a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Daniel Handler satirizes pulp mysteries and uncovers the parallels between detective fiction and childhood. In both, he says, an outsider is trying to make his way in a mysteriously corrupt world.
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Mar 10, 2009 — The popular children's book author turns his attention to a macabre event at the orchestra, complete with music and illustrations. Daniel Handler, acting as Mr. Snicket's mouthpiece, investigates the mystery, starting with the death of the composer.
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Oct 12, 2006 — Pencils down. It is now time to review the answers to our fiendishly difficulty Lemony Snicket quiz, designed to prepare readers for Book the Thirteenth.
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Oct 12, 2006 — Shakespeare, Melville, Woolf and Poe are just some of the authors subtly name-dropped in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Here, our guide to the most notable literary and cinematic allusions mentioned in the series.
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Oct 12, 2006 — We have prepared a quiz so you can brush up on your Snicketology — especially the characters who make return appearances in this last Lemony volume. If you pass, you are ready to begin The End.
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Dec 16, 2004 — Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, gained a dedicated following of young readers with his darkly funny A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Now the Baudelaire orphans have made the big screen. Handler tells NPR's Michele Norris about his own childhood fears and adult apprehensions.
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