BOOK of the week

Solomon Snow And the Sil­ver Spoon

The Washington Post Sunday - - Kids Post - by Kate Uman­sky ages 9-12

Solomon Snow al­ways knew he was out of place in his fam­ily. His last name is dif­fer­ent, he doesn’t look like his par­ents and he cer­tainly has bet­ter man­ners.

So when he finds out that he was a foundling — an or­phan left on some­one’s doorstep — he goes look­ing for his real par­ents. The only clue he has is that he was found with a sil­ver spoon in his mouth.

As Solomon searches for his mys­te­ri­ous spoon, he is joined by Pru­dence, a bud­ding au­thor; Ros­abella, a lit­tle girl who has mas­tered the art of be­ing adorable; Freddy, a filthy but cheer­ful chim­ney sweep; and Mr. Skippy, an ap­a­thetic rab­bit who doesn’t live up to his name.

This book is writ­ten in the un­for­tu­nate style of Lemony Snicket. The char­ac­ters are con­stantly run­ning into prob­lems, and there is a sur­pris­ing end­ing.

It’s not the last chap­ter in Solomon’s ad­ven­tures, ei­ther. When you fin­ish this book, the se­quel, “Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel,” awaits you.

BY BILL WEB­STER — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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