The Penultimate Peril is the second-to-last (penultimate) book in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Set in the depressing and confusing Hotel Denouement , the Baudelaire orphans are more confused and alone than ever. As this series comes to an end, the siblings are forced to do terrible things, or at least that's how it seems. How will the series end? What will become of the Baudelaires? Will they meet back up with the Quagmires, or learn the true nature of the Snickets? We've got to wait until this October 13th to find out. This book (and the entire series) will appeal to middle-grade readers who can handle big words, mature and scary situations, and sad stories. Readers who enjoy mysteries and series should also take a look at Mr. Snicket's work.