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

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Beware!

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 ...

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Overview

Beware!

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.

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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.
KLIATT - Cole
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316113687
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Secret Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 37,894
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    If you're reading this, that's good for you!

    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.<BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>i hope you enjoy running with Max-ernest and Cass as much as i did!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Great book

    THIS IS HOW MANY STARS I WANT TO GIVE IT:1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 I WONDER HOW TO SAY THAT NUMBER............
    ANYWAY, YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    ALSOME!!!!!!!!!

    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

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesome! I want to read all of the books in the series!

    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!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    The Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!

    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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    This book is good for wonders that want to know a good secert

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Um...

    Is this book good? Please answer.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Anonymous

    What a masterpiece. This is just one of the books i wish i wrote.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    The seires

    Love the seires!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Just some detail

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Wonderful

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    LOVED it~

    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!)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    great story

    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

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Extraordinary and amazing!

    I loved it! I'm 11.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by LaLeesha Haynes for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had a strong storyline with characters that took risks and maintained and created friendships.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    If your reading thisits to late

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Desreves

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    This book is awsome

    My favorite part is pb on pb lol

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    If you like this...

    If you honest to god like this book then you will like Paraglide If you like this then you will like Paraglide by Peter Anthony Kelley. Great for fourth and fifth graders. A 10 year old read. U are the best author ever Peter! I personally know Peter. He is my best friend's dad. I respect the Kelleys fully. They all are very kind. I was in a movie




    P.S. I was in a movie! I'm 10

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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