A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Second: The Reptile Room
1999, HarperCollins, New York
The second instalment of the Series of Unfortunate Events. The Baudelaire orphans go to live with their herpetologist uncle, but the evil Count Olaf is still after their fortune.
Some of the literary devices which made the first book so awesome get a little repetitive in this one, but I am not the target audience, so perhaps children would be more forgiving.