The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret Series #1)

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This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story.


When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they ...

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Overview

This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story.


When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's diary and the hunt for immortality.


Filled with word games, anagrams, and featuring a mysterious narrator, this is a book that won't stay secret for long.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."
From the Publisher
"Equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure, and evocative coming-of-age tale."—Publishers Weekly

"Equal parts snarky and delightful."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

Blending the offbeat humor of Lemony Snicket and insight into the preadolescent psyche à la Jerry Spinelli with the captivating conundrums of Blue Balliett, the debut novel from a pseudonymous author is equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure and evocative coming-of-age tale. When an unlikely pair of 11-year-old outsiders-survivalist Cassandra and aspiring stand-up comedian Max-Ernest-team up to solve a mystery surrounding the alleged death of an old magician and the strange and wondrous possessions he left behind, they unwittingly cross paths with the villainous Dr. L and his ageless accomplice Ms. Mauvais, who are obsessed with finding the magician's notebook. After the diabolical duo shows up at Cass and Max-Ernest's school, one of their classmates (a gifted artist named Benjamin) goes missing. Convinced that Benjamin has been kidnapped and faces mortal danger, Cass and Max-Ernest track the doctor and his glove-wearing sidekick to an exclusive and remote "sensorium" cum spa, where they uncover an arcane, alchemical, potentially apocalyptic bombshell. Relayed by an often witty, sometimes arch narrator, and loaded with brainteasers-anagrams, coded messages, palindromes and more-as well as such bounty as a brief and idiosyncratic history of Benito Mussolini, the definition of synesthesia and how Earl Grey tea got its name, Bosch's deliberately eccentric offering is likely to acquire a cult following. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)

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Gr 4-6- This delightful mystery (Little, Brown, 2007) by Pseudonymous Bosch is about a secret that can't be revealed. In fact, the narrator takes great pains not to reveal too much information throughout the book, even telling the audience to "forget everything as soon as I tell it." As the story unfolds, Cassandra (not her real name!) has come upon a puzzling box of "smells" and a message from a dead magician. Cassandra and Max-Ernest (not his real name either) embark on an exciting adventure that involves a strange notebook written in secret code, a magician who has inexplicably disappeared, and a "golden lady" who seems to be ageless and will do whatever she can to stay that way. David Pittu does a wonderful job of voicing the quirky narrator and gives each character a distinct and appropriate voice. This enjoyable tale will appeal to mystery fans who relish cracking riddles and solving puzzles.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Though less common than their Harry Potter brethren, the Lemony Snicket imitators continue to crop up. Max-Ernst and Cassandra weren't likely friends from the start. Cass has pointy ears and wants to be prepared for every emergency (hence the backpack full of supplies she always carries). As for Max-Ernst, he can't stop talking. No one can diagnose the source of this problem, and it makes him a bit of a social pariah. When Cass discovers the mysterious accoutrements of a dead magician, she enlists Max-Ernst's help in determining whether or not the posthumous illusionist left clues amongst his belongings asking for help. What the kids discover instead is a cult of powerful men and women bent on immortality that will stop at nothing to preserve (one way or another) their way of life. The title references the tone of Lemony Snicket time and time again without ever conjuring up the same wit and wisdom. The story line is often engaging, but its ubiquitous narrative trope comes across as more annoying than insightful. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316113694
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Secret Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 28,159
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.06 (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Great read for reluctant 5th-8th grade readers

    I read this on the recommendation of one of my 5th grade students. I really enjoyed it. It was funny and a good read, but there was good vocabulary scattered throughout the book. If you have a boy or girl that is reluctant to read, especially the longer books, this is the perfect book. The characters are appealing to both boys and girls as is the plot. The play on words is great! The writing reminded me a bit of Lemony Snicket. I will be adding it to my library and look forward to reading the next 2 in the series.

    73 out of 74 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 second book in the series and i look forward to his third installment

    41 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    Fantastic

    this moved right to the top shelf of my fav. It's fantastic and I would recommend this to anyone.

    29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2007

    okay, I'm biased.

    Okay, I'm biased. I like clever, charming, insightful chapter books for children, even though I have been over 21 for a long time. Pseudonymous Bosch pours intelligence, wit and empathy into the cauldron of a well- plotted and often surprising mystery and flavors with a few post-modern touches and wry asides. The author never talks down to the audience, and creates characters with whom everyone can identify. I particularly loved the way in which certain aspects of modern life are turned into character or plot points, and the footnote explaining Mussolini was priceless. Teachers take note!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    SO MUCH FUN!

    This book is a blast. I would recommend it to all, young and old! Extremely imaginative and adventurous!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Good book

    I love this book. It is a really good one. It is fun to read roo. Even if you are 5 or 105, you will crack up when reading this. A good read for all! :?]

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    I READ IT

    I actually read the book. It was really good. I suggest everyone read it rather than thinking about reading it.

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Love It!

    I loved this book and If You're Reading This It's Too Late. As soon as I picked up this book I couldn't stop reading. As soon as I finished it I ordered the second one and now I'm waiting on the third one. They are very interesting and they make you feel like you are right there in the adventure with Cass and Max-Ernest.I would definiately recommend this book to anyone who likes mysterys and adventure.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Awesome Book!!

    This is an outstanding book. It kept on getting better and better toward the end!! I have read in 3 days!! It was very good. I recomend it to everybody not just 8 to 12.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Amazing

    It is so great i cant putit into words.You have to read this

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

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    FIVE STARS - ALL ZEE WAY!!!!!

    OMG this is a great book mixed in with mystery and comedy, which i find essantial. The author of this book may not exist, but he definitely makes a great book......soo if ur one of those awesomely cul people that actually read big books in little time then this is definitely the book for u!!!!!-well at least it was for me,u kno and my friends and my family....etc......

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    So far so good

    I am only on chapter 16 but so far it excelent

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Exciting

    This book was so amazing! I never wanted to put it down!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    The name of this book is secret

    I bought this book yesterday, already on p.g. 100! This is a must buy book!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Luv it

    Wouldnt it b a cool movie? There is five book in the series and u should read them all

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Good book When it comes to secrets

    Great book. The X's were kinda annoying. By far great book for kids.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Very good book

    This is my favorite series out of all the books I have read. Although the end of the series is a bit disappointing, it was still fun to read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    What

    Who ever said it was gay u r wrong read the book

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Great book!!!!

    I read the sample and after that i was hooked . I have bought the book and i caint stop reading it . I recomend you get the sample! and if you like the sample get the book !!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    awsome

    this. is the best book ever

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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