Chapter Books: If you LIke Lemony Snicket

Aiken, Joan. Wolves of Willoughby Chase (SERIES: Wolves Chronicles) J FIC AIK and J PB A
To escape the clutches of a cruel governess, Bonnie and Sylvia flee to London, where they uncover an evil plot.

Aiken, Joan. Is Underground J FIC AIK and J PB A
Bound to keep a promise to her dead uncle, Is travels to the mysterious north country to find two missing boys and to discover why so many children in London are disappearing.

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts (SERIES: M.T. Anderson’s Thrilling Tales) J FIC AND
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

Anderson, M.T. The Game of Sunken Places J FIC AND
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.

Ardagh, Philip. A House Called Awful End (SERIES: Eddie Dickens Trilogy) J FIC ARD
When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens's parents become ill, he is taken by his great-uncle and great-aunt, and embarks on adventures.

Avi. Emily Upham's Revenge J PB A
During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle in Massachusetts and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery.

Bath, K.P. The Secret of Castle Cant (sequel: Escape from Castle Cant) J FIC BAT
When twelve-toed orphan Lucy Wickwright is made serving girl to the Baron's daughter, the Adorable & Honorable Pauline, she becomes mixed up with revolutionaries & uncovers surprising palace intrigues.

Bellairs, John. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (SERIES: Lewis Barnavelt series) J PB B
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

Brittan, Bill. The Wish Giver J FIC BRI and J PB B
When a strange man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising he can give people exactly what they ask for, three children each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way.

Byng, Georgia. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (SERIES: Molly Moon) J FIC BYN
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.

Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler J FIC CRE
Twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage, but now they have a chance at a family.

Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach (and others) J FIC DAH and J PB D
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide (SERIES: Spiderwick Chronicles) J FIC DIT
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Garfield, Leon. Smith J FIC GAR
Moments after he steals a document from a man's pocket, an illiterate young pickpocket in eighteenth-century London witnesses the man's murder by two men who want the document.

Gliori, Debi. Pure Dead Magic (SERIES: Pure Dead) J FIC GLI
When their father is kidnapped, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their castle.

Haas, Dorothy. Secret Life of Dilly McBean J FIC HAA
After being orphaned at an early age and spending years in boarding schools, Dilly begins a new life in a house in a small town, developing secret magnetic powers under the tutelage of a kindly professor, until he is kidnapped by a madman who plans to control the world with a computer.

Ibbotson, Eva. Great Ghost Rescue (and others) J FIC IBB
A young English boy decides to establish a sanctuary for an assortment of ghosts when the homes they have haunted are replaced by highways and other modern "improvements."

Ives, David. Monsieur Eek J FIC IVE
When a chimpanzee arrives in MacOongafoondsen he is put on trial for being a thief and a French spy, resulting in some changes to the tiny town.

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant J FIC LAN
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones. (Recommended only to children for whom A Series of Unfortunate Events was not dark and dismal enough)

Langrish, Katherine. Troll Fell (sequel: Troll Mill) J FIC LAN
Forced to live with his evil identical-twin uncles after his father's death, twelve-year-old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the neighbor's children to the trolls.

Ogilvy, Ian. Measle and the Wrathmonk (SERIES: Measle) J FIC OGI
Twelve-year-old orphan Measle Stubbs is shrunk down to half an inch tall and placed in a train set by his evil guardian, the Wrathmonk.

Pullman, Phillip. Count Karlstein (and others) J FIC PUL
In the mountains of Switzerland the wicked Count Karlstein plots to abandon his two orphaned nieces in a hunting lodge as prey for the Demon Huntsman and his ghostly hounds.

Thompson, Colin. The Floods: Good Neighbors J FIC THO
A family of wizards and witches living in an ordinary neighborhood in an ordinary town decides that they have had enough of the noisy family living next-door and makes them disappear.

Wallace, Barbara Brooks. Peppermints in the Parlor (and others) J FIC WAL
Emily has fond memories of her uncle's old mansion. But when she arrives, everything has changed. The once beautiful home is now dark and eerie.  She knows something awful is happening, but what?

Wilde, Oscar. The Canterville Ghost J FIC WIL
A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.