This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret Series #4)

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Cass may be in grave danger. She's eaten the dreaded Time Travel Chocolate—and you know what that means. I won't even begin to tell you what trouble this delicacy has caused in the past. If only Cass could leave the past behind! But it appears she is literally stuck in it.

Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is worried for his best friend. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's condition before it's too late? And will he have what it takes to save the ...

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Overview

Cass may be in grave danger. She's eaten the dreaded Time Travel Chocolate—and you know what that means. I won't even begin to tell you what trouble this delicacy has caused in the past. If only Cass could leave the past behind! But it appears she is literally stuck in it.

Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is worried for his best friend. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's condition before it's too late? And will he have what it takes to save the survivalist?

For Max-Ernest, it's a race against time; for Cass, a race through it. For the rest of you, well, it's a race to find out what happens next, of course. But proceed with caution, and be sure to read carefully because...this isn't what it looks like.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Name of This Book Is Secret
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."
From the Publisher
Praise for The Name of This Book Is Secret
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."—Booklist

Praise for If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
"Laugh-out-loud funny."—School Library Journal

Praise for This Book Is Not Good for You
"Lemony Snicket-like humor and decoding puzzles through research and handy gizmos...will not disappoint loyal readers."—VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316076241
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Series: Secret Series , #4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 43,560
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pseudonymous Bosch is the author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series, and a self-confessed chocoholic with perfect vision. He occasionally wears glasses, but those are just a part of his disguise. Where does he live? That's for him to know and you to find out . . . or not.

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This Isn't What It Looks Like


By Bosch, Pseudonymous

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Bosch, Pseudonymous All right reserved.
ISBN: 9780316076258

CHAPTER-TEN

Goat! Goat!

How shall I put this? I must choose my words carefully.

(I know how you are. Always ready to jump on my mistakes.)

Somewhere, at some time, a girl walked down a road.

I say somewhere not because the where is secret, although it is.

I say some time not because the when is secret, although it is.

And I say a girl not because her name is secret, although it is.

No, I use these words because the girl herself did not know where she was.

Or when.

Or who.

She had woken standing up. With her eyes open.

It was a very strange sensation. Like materializing out of nowhere.

Her fingers and toes tingled. The tips of her ears burned (whether from heat or cold she wouldn’t have been able to say).

Sunspots lingered in her eyes, blurring her vision. But when she looked up she saw there was no sun. The sky was cloudy.

Had she fainted? Did she have a concussion? (She knew that confusion and blurred vision were symptoms of concussion, but she couldn’t remember how she knew it.) She touched her head, but she found no injury.

Gradually, the sunspots disappeared and her vision cleared. She looked around.

She had no idea where she was.

She seemed to be in the countryside, but of what country wasn’t immediately apparent. There were fields to either side of her, but they were dry and empty. Trees dotted the landscape but in no obvious pattern. There were no signs of life.

Be systematic, she told herself. If you retrace your steps, you’ll figure out where you are.

But she couldn’t remember a thing that had happened before she was where she was. It was as if she had been born a moment ago.

Who am I…?

The realization that she didn’t know her own name came over her belatedly, like a chill you don’t notice until you see your breath clouding in the air.

She felt uneasy but not exactly frightened. Real amnesia, she knew (although she couldn’t remember how she knew it), was exceedingly rare. Most likely, her memory would return in a moment.

She decided the best thing was to walk.

The walking was not easy. There were no signs or streetlights to guide the way. The road was not paved, and it was riddled with rocks and tree roots and mud holes.

She stumbled more than once, but she trudged forward. What else was there to do?

An hour passed. Or maybe two. Or was it less?

She didn’t see anyone else. Until she did.

Ahead of her, just a few feet off the road, a little boy was climbing a big tree. Like a cat, he made his way on all fours out onto a long branch. Like a cat, he got stuck.

“Father… Father!”

His cries grew louder, but nobody came.

I wonder if he’ll recognize me, the girl thought. He could be my little brother for all I know.

“Don’t worry, I’ll get you down!” she shouted.

If the boy heard her, he showed no sign. “Father!” he kept yelling.

An old hemp rope lay beneath the tree. The remains of a swing. The girl picked it up, then automatically started to climb the old and twisting tree trunk. As if it were the natural thing to do. As if she had rescued many other children before.

Remember the Three-Point Rule, she told herself. But she couldn’t remember how she knew the rule.

“You shouldn’t climb up trees if you’re too scared to climb down,” she said when she came close to the boy.

He ignored her, continuing to yell for his father. It certainly didn’t seem as though he recognized her.

“Are you deaf? I’m trying to help….”

The boy’s shirt—little more than a rag—had caught on a branch. As soon as the girl started to untangle him, the boy jumped in fright—and almost fell out of the tree.

She gripped him tight. “Careful—”

He screamed, “Goat! Goat!”

At least that’s what it sounded like.

“Calm down—you’re OK.”

She gave him a pat of reassurance, but his cries only grew louder and more hysterical.

“I’ll get you down, no problem.”

Expertly, she tied the rope to the tree. A Buntline Hitch Knot, she remembered the knot was called. But she didn’t remember how she knew the name.

She tugged on the boy’s shirt collar. He clung to the tree branch, refusing to move.

“Goat! Goat!”

“Is there a goat down there? Is that what’s scaring you? Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you. Goats don’t eat people. Tin cans, tennis balls, maybe—but not little boys. Not usually, anyways.” She smiled to show she was joking, but he didn’t smile back.

Eventually, she coaxed him down by gently placing his hands on the rope—then forcibly pushing him off the branch.

“Pretend it’s a fire pole!” she called after him.

He slid down the rope, a look of terror on his face.

As soon as his feet hit the ground, the boy bolted.

“You’re welcome,” said the girl under her breath.

In the distance, a man—presumably the boy’s father—waited. He wore a plumed hat, dark vest, and big, billowing sleeves. He looked like a musketeer.

He must be an actor, thought the girl. Maybe there is a theater nearby.

The boy was still crying about the goat as he jumped into his father’s arms.

The girl waved. But the man didn’t acknowledge her.

Gee, people are really friendly around here, thought the girl.

Shaking her head, she returned to the road—and stepped right into a puddle.

She grunted in annoyance.

As she shook water off her foot, she looked curiously at the puddle. The muddy water reflected blue sky and silver clouds and a flock of birds passing by.

But there was one reflection she could not see: her own.

Not goat, she thought.

Ghost.

Continues...


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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Awsome!

    i love this series and am amazed it is one. the auther never gives clues about himself of the upcoming books. i'm 13 and read books for young adults and still love these! i recomend them all and can't wait to read this!

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    It was amazing! I loved it

    This was rhe best series i ever read. It was breath taking.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    Gold Star Award Winner! Cass is back, and now she might be in grave danger. She's swallowed the dreaded Time Traveling Chocolate and is stuck in the past. To make matters worse, she's disoriented, confused, and not sure who or where she is. With the help of a long-lost relative, she'll try and fight her way back to the present. Meanwhile, in the present, Cass is in the hospital in a coma. Max-Ernest and Yo-Yogi are worried sick about her and aren't sure what is causing her condition. Two races against time, life and death on the line, crucial clues that could be vital to the present. Can Max-Ernest and Yo-Yogi put the pieces of the puzzle together in time to save Cass? Can Cass find both herself and her way back to the present? An action-packed adventure for reluctant readers. The characters are well-developed, and the plot is complex and well-crafted. Those who have read the first three books in the series who enjoy adventure, action, and mystery tales will enjoy this continuation in THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Amazing

    In the book Cassandra experinces the past and Max-Ernest is trubbled with how to live his life without her. Also some new characters come in including PC and Benjamin comes back. Some changes also happen to Max-Ernest which appear to be big changes for him. Yo-Yoji also comes back and has information for Max-Ernest. In the end you won't believe what your reading. The emotions from this book that I have felt include confusion, love, happiness, and sadness.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Gggggrrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaatttttt bbbbbboooookkkkk

    Best bookevers

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!!!

    Full of laughs. Great story, too.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Aweosome

    I loved this book and i will continue reading the series.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Amazing series!

    I love this book! However, to understamd the series, you need to read book one, the name of this book is secret, als avaliable in the nook store. I cant wait for book 5...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Amazing!

    This author has a wonderful way of giving the book a mystifying touch to create this book more entertaining. I would definitely reccomend this book! It keeps the reader really hanging on the edge of their seat! Great book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Recommended for "old" people

    I am addicted to the "secret" and I am in my 80s! It keeps me amused and interested. I love the characters and can't wait to get the next story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Not as good as the others but still good

    It was a bit boring at times but still a must read

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    awsome

    I loved this sires but like anny good book u must start from the begining

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    O.M.G.%21

    Wow...+this.book.was.da.bomb.%21%21%21+I+HAVE+read+the+whole+series+so+far%2C+and+I+am+trying+to+contain+myself+from+an+emotional+breakdown+until+the+fifth-and+final-+book+comes+out.+This+has+always+been+my+favorite+series+and+always+will+be+%28sorry+hunger+games%21%29%21+Every+single+sentence+makes+you+want+more%21+The+Secret+Series+is+a+mysterious+and+humorous+series+that+reveals+just+another+piece+of+the+puzzle+in+every+book...+and+tortures+you+until+the+puzzle+is+complete.+AMAZING+read%21+Can%27t+wait+until+September%21

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    This IS what you are looking for!!

    I've read all of the books in this series. I love them!!! I encouraged all my friends to read them. When my friends read them they were soo in love with them!! :) - Jayden

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Hi

    I LOVE this series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Best Book Ever

    This book is so awesome!!!! The author always leaves you in suspense. I was shocked when Lord Pharough could see Cass. I recommend this book for EVERYONE!!!!!!! If you love mystery than this is the book for you. I was really shocked when Max-Ernests parents announced that they were going to have a baby boy!!! I BET I WAS AS SHOCKED AS MAX-ERNEST!!!! Wouldnt that be funny? I cant wait to read number 5. I really want to read it but i have to finish number 4 first. Right when I finish number 4 Im going to buy number five. If you know how to add friends on nook friends please tell me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    O

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    FUNNIEST BOOK EVER

    OMG there is no funnier book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fyi

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Hi

    I got the free preview it looks very good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    a must buy!!

    i have read all 5 books in this series. i think this one has alot of detail and is somewhat hard to follow, but all you have to do is pay close attention. this is my favorite series. i recomend the rest. especially the 5th!! that one is by far the best!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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