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If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret Series #2)

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret Series #2)

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by Pseudonymous Bosch

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Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.

OK, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book is Secret, you're wrong.

I'm not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited intiation into the



Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.

OK, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book is Secret, you're wrong.

I'm not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited intiation into the mysterious Terces Society, or the ongoing fight against the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. I certainly won't be telling you about how the kids stumble upon the Museum of Magic, where they finally meet the amazing Pietro!

Oh, blast! I've done it again. Well, at least I didn't tell you about the missing Sound Prism, the nefarious Lord Pharaoh, or the mysterious creature born in a bottle over 500 years ago, the key to the biggest secret of all.

I really can't help myself, now can I? Let's face it - if you're reading this, it's too late.

Editorial Reviews

The very first page of Pseudonymous Bosch's very first book warned, "Do not read beyond this page!" But did you listen? No. And now you're back to follow Cass and Max-Ernest on another adventure as they pursue another bundle of codes, secret signs, archenemies, and assorted mysteries. We have no hope at all that you will be able to regain your repose and boredom by placing this book in a very dark place and attempting to forget that you ever opened its cover.
Max Ernest and Cass wait impatiently to be contacted by the Terces Society after their prior adventures (explored in the last book, The Name of this Book Is Secret). Leaving hairs strategically around the house and searching alphabet cereal for some mysterious contact, the friends eventually find the message in the form of a grocery list supposedly left by Cass's mother. Codes and other puzzles abound in this book and readers can join the friends in working to figure them out. Adventures lead these friends into the clutches of their enemies, and then masterful escapes lead to finding the real Terces Society as well as discovering secrets about Cass's unknown father. Embedded in the story are the always-interesting comments of P.S. Bosch, including definitions of challenging words, random advice regarding the plot, and even digressions about his hesitation to continue telling the story. It's this humor as well as the adventures that make the life lessons about true friendship, tenacity, ingenuity and the meaning of lineage fully accessible and interesting to younger YAs. Aimee Reviewer: Cole
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

This stand-alone sequel to The Name of This Book Is Secret (Little, Brown, 2007) combines mystery, adventure, and fantasy. On their mission for the Terces Society, 11-year-old Cass and Max-Ernest must find the homunculus, a 500-year-old man born in a bottle, before Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais do. The evil duo plans to use him to uncover the secret of immortality. The use of an overbearing narrator to create a sense of danger works in the beginning, but grows tiresome toward the end. The numerous parenthetical comments and footnotes are often laugh-out-loud funny, but also draw readers out of the action. Bosch creates sufficiently quirky, well-rounded protagonists, while stereotypes suffice for the secondary characters, with the exception of the homunculus. Cynical humor shines through in the portrayal of the Skelton Sisters, an evil tween pop group in the employ of Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. The dark illustrations, descending chapter numbers, and playful fonts will catch readers' attention. Fans of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins) will enjoy this slightly more fleshed-out read.-Kim Ventrella, Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City, OK

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Pseudonymous Bosch's Secret Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Mysterious stranger? Anonymous author? Who is Pseudonymous Bosch and how does he know so much about our heroes and heroines? The truth will all be revealed---with time. For more info on P. Bosch, please read his first book, The Name of This Book is Secret.

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If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 542 reviews.
Lil-Miss-Sunshine More than 1 year ago
This book is unique in many ways, the way its written in a sort of old fashioned, eccentric bumbling narrator style, and the plot and characters as well.
it is a bit unbelevable, but it's a great book to loose yourself in when you're supposed to be doing something better like your homework.
it's also the sort of book that your friends won't borrow (unless they looove books) and then will go secretly buy it at the bookstore and recomend it to their secret friends.
i hope you enjoy running with Max-ernest and Cass as much as i did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS HOW MANY STARS I WANT TO GIVE IT:1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 I WONDER HOW TO SAY THAT NUMBER............ ANYWAY, YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the best books i ever read and i only read the first ppage then i knew it was going to be soooooooooo good and i am so excited to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is utterly AMAZING!!!!! Pseudonymous Bosch is so cool! It is so fun to unravel secrets and I am not gonna tell you about how this man-made man eats turkey with hogs and how there is a sound prisim and evil guys try to open the evil coffin of Lord Pharoh, a.k.a. King King. I especially will not tell you about a Jester that is REALlY important. OK, I'll just stop talking now, even though two bony sisters call Cabbage Face during a pop concert and get the most popular, 1st prettiest, 1st nicest, and most boring girl in the school to spy for them. I real.y need to duct tape my mouth shut now. GREAT BOOK!
Kay_the_Read-aholic More than 1 year ago
Unlike most books, this awesome book made me lose myself in the story. Since my parents want me to read, I don't get yelled at for ignoring my parents while I'm doing it. Cass is my most favorite character of all time. She is very adventurous, even though her mother is a little worried for her. I love how Pseudonymous Bosch always has such amusing introductions, and how he tries to hide the fact that he is Pietro Bergamo. He also "loses" a couple of chapters within this book which I believe is ridiculouss I mean, how can you "lose" a chapter? Plus, why would you write your chapter an a napkin in the first place? And at dinner? Why can't you just finish your dinner, get to the computer and write it all down? But what I don't get, is why you would look for chocolate in the middle of dinner any way? Oh well, I guess we'll never find out. Even though chapter 27 is a bit confusing, I still think it is a out of this world book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a masterpiece. This is just one of the books i wish i wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for young kids and for tweens. Bosch is a very funny and creative writer. He makes the story interesting and he makes me want to never put the book down. I think that you should buy this book (the second book in the secret series) when you get the chance. Kids will love this for a present at the holidays, too.
EllenA More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old son and I have discovered this wonderful series and we both loved the first two books. He liked this one even better than the first- I couldn't decide. We are about to read the 3rd. Wonderful, fun, stuff. So happy my son and I can share this fun! (Pssss...Don't tell him I got him his own nook for Christmas so we don't have to pass mine back and forth!)
Mr_Porter More than 1 year ago
This book is about A girl and a boy named Cass and Max-Ernest who are in The Secert Socity club who try to find out a secert about a magicain who is enemies with his twin brother Dr.L.My fave part was when yo-yoji was playing his guitar when Amber was braging it was so funny.I recomend this book to anybody that likes mysteries and excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isnt as good as tge first book, but its better than any book ive ever read (besides the fist one). At some parts im kina bored, but the last 10 chapters are really suspensful, and i cant put the book down. It is an interesting plot, but theres not AS much action in it then the first book. It still has lots of action but in the other book it was like there was always a reason to keep reading like: theyre captured, they just found a way to do blank, max-ernest and cass just got to be friends again etc. I litary couldnt put the first book down,so i read it in 1 day,but this boom i read in 3 days. This book is good for 8 and up because some words are hard, its scary at some parts, and its a big book. Its a really good book, but you have to read the first one ( the name of this book is secret). It has a lot of twists in it that are very interesting. You slitly discover the secret in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the frist book on this nook and so far i love it cass sems adv. And i just love it!!! But the second one seems bad:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is very unpredictable which makes it very interesting. The main characters are very fun to read about, and in all it's an amazing story. Hope you enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally thought that the first book was much better than this one. The first book was much better. I could neve but the book down while i was on vacation. The begining of this book was really boring but the middle andthe end were a little better.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book with an interesting narrative. Cass and Max-Ernest are young adults who have recently been involved with a secret society, the details of which are located in the previous book in the series. Although you do miss out on some details of the protagonists, you could read this book without having read the previous installment, THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET.

When you read IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE, it is as though you are being told a story by the campfire.

The characters are well-developed, easy to relate to, and have a good sense of humor. Because of the short chapters and common footnotes, I see this as a great book for a reluctant reader. It is easy to pick up where you left off and it takes you down many paths at once, keeping you interested. The footnotes typically add a humorous aspect to an interesting mystery, allowing the reader to venture in a new direction before continuing on with the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had a strong storyline with characters that took risks and maintained and created friendships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it. The best series I've ever read. Buy it. ????????? star book I said, buy it!! Age range: 9-11 :-) Vroom
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im back, but not for long. We need to find Mr. Cabbage Face. If you see him let me know! ~Cassandra a.k.a Cass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just makes you want to keep reading at the end of each chapter.
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Jordan Pulsifer More than 1 year ago
This is one of those book u will think everybody needs!!! The suspence almost ate me alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What u think will happen....... YOUR WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is amazing!!!!!!!
Bruce Conant More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AAAAWWWWEEEESSSSOOOOMMMMEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heck, this whole sieries rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo, P.B if you are reading this it's too late! Just kidding. My one friend reccomended your first book to me and I loved it! I'm not even sure if you read these reviews. I'm on to you. Nah. What's your real name anywayz? Back to the topic, your books are thrilling and they make the impossible seem real. I wish to become a thrilling and unique writer like you someday. Your my idol. Write more of the series please P.B. And don't be afraid to show your true identity you have mega fans in the world. My school reads a lot of your books. Your pretty loveable.
slaydon More than 1 year ago
this is a great story to read to your kids mine are 7 (09) and 6 (09) and they loved hearing this story it has wonderful twists that are age appropriate and the author throughout the book stops the story and asks questions for your children to answer to see if they are paying attention. this pulls them in instead of just hearing they become part of the book. i def recommend this and the first book in the series and i look forward to his third installment