"Equal parts snarky and delightful."
This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret Series #4)by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Secret Series continues in this dangerous and daring fourth adventure.
Cass finds herself alone and disoriented, a stranger in a dream-like, medieval world. Where is she? Who is she? With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secretspiecing together her family's history as she fights her way back to the present… See more details below
The Secret Series continues in this dangerous and daring fourth adventure.
Cass finds herself alone and disoriented, a stranger in a dream-like, medieval world. Where is she? Who is she? With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secretspiecing together her family's history as she fights her way back to the present world.
Meanwhile, back home, Cass is at the hospital in a deep coma. Max-Ernest knows she ate Time Travel Chocolateand he's determined to find a cure. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's condition before it's too late? And will he have what it takes to save the survivalist?
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."
"Equal parts snarky and delightful."Booklist
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This Isn't What It Looks Like
By Bosch, Pseudonymous
Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersCopyright © 2010 Bosch, Pseudonymous All right reserved.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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Meet the Author
Pseudonymous Bosch is the author of New York Times bestseller The Name of This Book Is Secret and sequels If You're Reading This, It's Too Late and This Book Is Not Good for You. His identity is a closely-guarded secret.
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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!
This was rhe best series i ever read. It was breath taking.
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.
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.
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...
OMG there is no funnier book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fyi
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!
I loved this book and i will continue reading the series.
Full of laughs. Great story, too.
I got the free preview it looks very good
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!
This series is really good from the starting of this book is a secret and more. It has cathced my childs attention and u assure you it will catch others to . My son tells me it has alot of adventure betrayl puzzles strategy and much more including CHOCOLATE
I love all of his books espically this one it's just so awsome.
I really loved it!
I highly recomend this book! it's going to be the best book you've ever read. just make sure you read the first three first because this book gives them away. i can't wait to read the fifth one.
Best seires ever (sorry) I love it
I liked it but got confused near the end. It was still a pretty good book
Pseudonymous Bosch is an excellent author! I have almost read all of his books, and every single one of them entertained me so much, I was sad when the book was over. This book is definitely something you want to read.
He just totally made it super obvious that he is (pardon my pig-latin) Axmay-Rnestetay XD I mean he loves chocolate, he can't keep a secret, it is obivous why he now has an obssesion, his parents tell him not to drown his new brother in mayo(Im assuming 'cuz HE himself was drowned in mayo), and I mean yah, this could go on for a while. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Love how in the 3rd one Owen says that Cass is like a sister to him and I totally guessed that Opal was Owen, then I'm like, nah I was joking with myself, but I mean, I always pictured Owen as a laid back like 20-30 year old dude who was like cool but masculine, not able to look like a girl! Then again he IS a master of disguise! And I was so sad when I found out that Yo-Yoji wouldn't be there! I really think that Max-Ernest needed some sort of friend, but hey, its still AWESOME! Please read! Sorry Mr.Psuedonymous Bosch, I don't mean to tell everyone that you are an amazing writer. Please forgive me Max-Er... I mean Mr. Bosch...=S
So cliff-hanging and mysteryish. Ive read every book so far in this series and im looking forward to reading the next book!!!
I LOVE this series
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.
I love how this book makes you think and predict what's going to happen next.
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.