I've been meaning to read this book for ages -- the cover art alone was screaming my name, plus I am powerless to resist any book involving orphans -- and I am glad I did because not only did I find it quirky and weird and hilarious, it FINALLY gave me a book that I feel is really, truly an excellent readalike for the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Those books are hard to find readalikes for, but this shares a similarly dark sense of humor (and similarly incompetent/menacing adults, except for the much put-upon governess) and I really do think it's a great readalike for that series. Finally!

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