Posted by: jockmackenzie | February 29, 2016


Kassia Rawlins

READER OF THE DAY #36 Kassia Rawlins

I am going to have to quit introducing the past Reading College teachers with a short description of how outstanding each one was because I’m becoming repetitive: knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun-loving, child-oriented, hard-working . . . and Kassia is all of these. (Sorry to the rest of you but you know how much I think of you all!)

Kassia says, “I am teaching grade 7 at Fox Run school. When I was younger I always struggled to enjoy reading until I found “that book”, which allowed me to escape into the amazing world of reading.

I currently enjoy reading young adult novels or non-fiction. To me there is nothing like reading a true story or something that is based on a true story. My favourite young adult author right now is I am currently re-reading his book entitled, When a Monster Calls. This story is about a young boy, Connor, who is dealing with his mother’s “sickness” and the very real nightmares that haunt him at night. One thing I found very true for myself and I always tell my students is “If you don’t like reading, you haven’t found the right book!”

Wikipedia says this about Lemony Snicket:

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1971). Snicket is the author of many children’s biographies, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and appearing as a character within it and All the Wrong Questions. Because of this, the name “Lemony Snicket” may refer to either the fictional character or the real person.

As a character, Snicket is a harried, troubled writer and photographer falsely accused of felonies, and is continuously hunted by the police and his enemies, the fire-starting side of the secret organization Volunteer Fire Department (V.F.D.). As a child, he was kidnapped and inducted as a “neophyte” into V.F.D., where he was trained in rhetoric and sent on seemingly pointless missions, while all connections were severed from his former life, apart from his siblings Jacques and Kit (who were also kidnapped and inducted). In the organization, he met and fell in love with a peer named Beatrice, whom he eventually decided to marry. He was falsely accused of murder and arson after a series of unfortunate events (after which the real-world series is in some ways named). Eventually, the fallacies grew so much that The Daily Punctilio reported his death. Beatrice eventually moved on and married Bertrand Baudelaire, becoming the mother of VioletKlaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the protagonists of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Fourteen years thereafter, Beatrice and Bertrand were murdered in a house fire, leaving the Baudelaires orphans. Snicket feels indebted to his former fiancée and embarks on a quest to chronicle the lives of the Baudelaire children until they become old enough to face the troubles of the world on their own.

Snicket is the subject of a fictional autobiography entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography which contains an introduction from a fictionalized version of Daniel Handler. A pamphlet called 13 Shocking Secrets You’ll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicketwas released in promotion of The End. Other works by Snicket include The Baby in the MangerThe Composer Is DeadHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t AvoidThe Latke Who Couldn’t Stop ScreamingThe Lump of CoalAll the Wrong Questions and 13 Words


Daniel Handler aka Lemony SnicketScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 7.01.38 AM.

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