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Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.


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Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.

30 review for The Name of This Book Is Secret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was disappointed by this book. A lot of people compare this to A Series of Unfortunate Events, and although I haven't read those books (yes, I know I should) (I've read the first three of them now so I have a better understanding of how the books compare) and I have also seen the movie and I appreciate its darker, twisted humor. This book though, was annoying. The story starts off in a promising way, but I wish I had heeded the author's advice and stopped reading. He goes on and on about not r I was disappointed by this book. A lot of people compare this to A Series of Unfortunate Events, and although I haven't read those books (yes, I know I should) (I've read the first three of them now so I have a better understanding of how the books compare) and I have also seen the movie and I appreciate its darker, twisted humor. This book though, was annoying. The story starts off in a promising way, but I wish I had heeded the author's advice and stopped reading. He goes on and on about not reading the book because the book contains a secret and secrets are hard to keep so don't read this book unless you can keep a secret ... blah blah blah. It was fun for the first few pages then I kept wondering when the story would start. And then throughout the book, he does this over and over, and he says repeatedly how he's not going to finish the book and you should imagine your own ending. This plot device isn't as clever as the author thinks it is; it's jarring and takes you out of the story, interrupting the natural flow of things. In comparison, Lemony Snicket definitely does the interrupting better and nowhere near as often as Bosch. Snicket mostly interjects his opinions at the beginning of the book when he's re-capping and foreshadowing and every now and then at the start of a chapter. Bosch just leaps in whenever he feels like it and destroys the flow of the story. The author also decides not to tell you much about the characters, in case you might figure out who they are. This might be a way for him to get kids to imagine themselves in the story, but I found that it made the characters very flat. I wish the author had spent more time on descriptions and developing the plot than telling me he wasn't going to tell me something. On top of that, this book was edited poorly. There were missing words all over the place, and not intentionally. I would imagine this would frustrate children as well. The footnotes were also a strange idea, and I felt half the time that I was being talked down to - and I'm not even the intended audience! I also found it strange that some of the illustrations didn't match up with the descriptions. One I remember off the top of my head was the picture of the real estate agent's sign which described the woman having a toothy grin. In the illustration her mouth was closed. Why bother with illustrations if they aren't going to match the story? That was very weird, and also lazy. All in all, this was a big disappointment. I was expecting something exciting and funny but it was the exact opposite. I don't know if I'll bother reading the next book, and I'm especially glad that I got this from the library.

  2. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Heiser

    Q&A Review Wait. Isn't this a kid's book? Actually, it is. It was written for kids aged 10-15. And aren't you almost 40? Yes. And thanks so much for putting that out there. So what the devil are you doing reading a book that was written for someone a quarter of your age? If you aren't careful, halfwit, I'm going to punch you in the face. *sigh* Okay, fine. So tell me whatever long-winded thing you dragged me in here to tell me. REAL Review Sometimes, life gets a little rough. Sometimes, as a grown up, yo Q&A Review Wait. Isn't this a kid's book? Actually, it is. It was written for kids aged 10-15. And aren't you almost 40? Yes. And thanks so much for putting that out there. So what the devil are you doing reading a book that was written for someone a quarter of your age? If you aren't careful, halfwit, I'm going to punch you in the face. *sigh* Okay, fine. So tell me whatever long-winded thing you dragged me in here to tell me. REAL Review Sometimes, life gets a little rough. Sometimes, as a grown up, you feel the need to read great-big ponderous books, generally referred to as "epics." Maybe you read them to prove a point, that you can. Maybe you read them thinking there's some great answer in the book, a way of coping with the fact that sometimes life sucks and there isn't anything you can do about it. Or maybe you do it because somebody loaned you the book and insisted that you'd love it. Whatever the reason, those great big epics, whether they're good or bad, reveal to you all the ways that your own writing isn't really all that good. You didn't think up that believable but out-of-left-field plot twist. You didn't make your characters as three-dimensional. You didn't study abroad, and thereby learn the specific dialect common to people of that special place. You aren't good enough to write an epic. When you've sufficiently overwhelmed yourself with how awesome, amazing, and out-of-your-league all of those writers of epics are, it's time to have a step back and remember why it is you started writing in the first place -- and I'm willing to nearly GUARANTEE that it's because of a book like "The Name of This Book Is Secret," by Pseudonymous Bosch. This book isn't going to rewrite any dictionaries. It won't challenge your philosophy. But it will help you remember how much fun it was to be 11 years old -- how fun, and how scary, and how lonely at times. It will help you remember that feeling you had when you picked up a book and realized that anything was possible, that any number of universes lived in a library, that a hero always rises, and usually that hero rose in the heart of a child just as effed up as you were. I won't reveal any more of the book's secrets, apart from saying that riddles and word play and adventures abound. Do yourself a favor and find out for yourself. Read it, then loan it to a friend who is weary of epics. Then give it to a child.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Reminded me of a cross between the Lemony Snickets and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. At times it is annoying how blatant the Snicket influences are (definitions of words are hinted at, and readers are sent to the dictionary to look up difficult words), but basically this book is just BETTER than any book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I felt like a great deal in those books was filler, and this book manages to be Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Reminded me of a cross between the Lemony Snickets and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. At times it is annoying how blatant the Snicket influences are (definitions of words are hinted at, and readers are sent to the dictionary to look up difficult words), but basically this book is just BETTER than any book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I felt like a great deal in those books was filler, and this book manages to be clever while still being funny and better written. The author is not as great at tying up loose ends, admittedly, which Lemony Snicket is a master at, but I think it's worth it. I couldn't put the book down and had to dig it out in baggage claim while waiting for my bag because it was that riveting. There are entertaining puzzles in this book for someone of any age. I think there are jokes everyone would enjoy. This is the book I was trying to write three years ago and completely failed at--and I'm happy about it, because whoever Pseudonymous Bosch is (can I just say GREATEST FAKE NAME EVER??), he did it way better than I ever could have.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄

    I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to speak of it!!! But one thing for sure: LOVED IT!! =) I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to speak of it!!! But one thing for sure: LOVED IT!! =)

  5. 4 out of 5

    peachygirl

    Arghhhh. If I hear the words secret or survivalist one more time, I'll lose it. Such a drag. Arghhhh. If I hear the words secret or survivalist one more time, I'll lose it. Such a drag.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helly

    This book was so good! My inner child loves it :) Two adventurers and the magician are investigating a lot of things but what makes this worth the read is the spectacular writing style! Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Book Whales

    Originally posted @ Book Whales This book caught my attention when I went to the Metro Manila International Book Fair last 2011 when I was still in the Philippines. They were promoting it because I heard it was a really good series and it was also gonna release its last book. And I decided to read the synopsis and did some background research upon it and then I fell in love with its concept. Do you know Series of Unfortunate Events? Its a 13 book series which will be in my all time favorite book. Originally posted @ Book Whales This book caught my attention when I went to the Metro Manila International Book Fair last 2011 when I was still in the Philippines. They were promoting it because I heard it was a really good series and it was also gonna release its last book. And I decided to read the synopsis and did some background research upon it and then I fell in love with its concept. Do you know Series of Unfortunate Events? Its a 13 book series which will be in my all time favorite book. Well the tone of the story is somewhat similar to SOUE that is why I was really determined to read this book. But back then I did not have enough money to buy it so it was only last week that I bought it. And there was no regret whatsoever after reading the first book. If there my classes did not resume, I could've finished this book in one sitting but neverthless I still managed to read it within two school days. It is in easy read since it has 360 pages and the font is slightly big. The first thing that is very entertaining with this book is its illustration or drawings for the title chapters. It is always refreshing to see books with drawings on it. Make you feel like a kid again reading some picture book. So that is the first positive thing of this book The way author tells the story is also funny. Throughout the book he uses as "fun tone" and always leaves some side comments here and there about the main characters. Also you will find that there are some kind of footnotes and appendix the helps the story and provides additional information towards some topics. The characters are relatable since they are your typical boy and girl 12 years old but at the same time not typical. Since they have some unique qualities in them that are essential to the advancement of the story. Max Earnest and Cass will entertain you with their thought-process. Even the side characters or the villains are entertaining as well. The author really did create soem quirky world within this story. Unlike the dark tone the Lemony Snicket used in SOUE, surely this book is fun to read. The build up done from start up to the climax to the resolution of Book 1 is done beautifully. It presented the overall concept of the story while leaving you with some thing to wander. Makes you want to read book 2 immediately (which I am doing right now ) So, with that long review I hope I convince you to read this book pleaseee :D Give it a try and if you dont like it... well you can blame me...hehe no seriously give this story a try. Rating:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    this was the kind of book that whispered to you read me read me and when you did you loves it

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    You know what I don't like? How you can have a great sort of pseudonym like Lemony Snicket or even Pseudonymous* Bosch and all it takes to expose them is to type their name into Google. Granted, apparently Mr. Bosch was able to keep his pseudonym secret for three years before he was discovered (and how he must have howled and eaten several pounds of dark chocolate when he was discovered), but still, I just don't like knowing. Perhaps I am in a secret-keeping mood thanks to this book. Yes, this bo You know what I don't like? How you can have a great sort of pseudonym like Lemony Snicket or even Pseudonymous* Bosch and all it takes to expose them is to type their name into Google. Granted, apparently Mr. Bosch was able to keep his pseudonym secret for three years before he was discovered (and how he must have howled and eaten several pounds of dark chocolate when he was discovered), but still, I just don't like knowing. Perhaps I am in a secret-keeping mood thanks to this book. Yes, this book is all about secrets, big and small, good and bad, but it's also, intriguingly, about synesthesia and the sense of smell; each of the books in this series are/will focus on a certain sense. The book really has a lot going for it: a good puzzle, secretkeeping, adventure, humor, and clever methods to keep the personally engaged. The riddles were very good, the kind of thing I bet a kid would have fun working out before they read on to reveal the answers, and the appendix is full of random, interesting information. If you don't like quirky books, you'll hate this one. I can tell from reading the Goodreads reviews. While it may get to be too much in future books, I think old Pseudonymous handled it very well. It didn't annoy me once throughout the book. * The name choice made me smile; "Hieronymus" is one of my favorite names ever even though I can't spell it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    hal

    Summary: When two eleven year old kids; Cassandra, a self-proclaimed survivalist, and Max-Ernest, find a mysterious "Symphony of Smells", they stumble upon the suspicious death of a magician, some evil alchemists, and the existence of the Secret of life. It's My thoughts (Note: This review is for the whole series): I LOVE THE SECRET SERIES!!! The plot for each book is interesting and each one is different. The characters are all believable, relatable, and have distinct personalities. The Appendic Summary: When two eleven year old kids; Cassandra, a self-proclaimed survivalist, and Max-Ernest, find a mysterious "Symphony of Smells", they stumble upon the suspicious death of a magician, some evil alchemists, and the existence of the Secret of life. It's My thoughts (Note: This review is for the whole series): I LOVE THE SECRET SERIES!!! The plot for each book is interesting and each one is different. The characters are all believable, relatable, and have distinct personalities. The Appendices at the end of each book were cool too, as they usually contained activities, games, and some information. So I loved this series, and you should give it a try. Pseudonymous Bosch also has a book called Write this Book; a Do-it Yourself mystery, which is a sort of guide for young writers on how to write a mystery. It's not completely related to the Secret Series (there are, however, some references to it in Write This Book), but I still recommend reading the Secret Series first. Happy reading!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.Morgan

    3.5 Stars What an interesting little book. It took me about 100 pages in to find any real enjoyment in this book, but at that point it became quite cute. This text offers readers something different than the typical engagement with a straight-forward narrative. There are codes, mysteries, interactions with the narrator, and secrets. I am quite glad that I received this book from a student and found the time to read it myself. It will become one of my top recommendations for my reluctant readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Devil

    My Review of this book is Secret *Winks*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    “WARNING: DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS PAGE!” Great start to a book, isn't it? Very Lemony Snicket. And that is why I picked it up, because I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events and wanted something similar. Unfortunately, Pseudonymous Bosch is not exactly the second coming of Lemony Snicket, great name aside. It isn't a terrible book, but it's lacking on so many levels that I just lost interest in it. The premise of the book means that the author has purposely left out establishing characteristics o “WARNING: DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS PAGE!” Great start to a book, isn't it? Very Lemony Snicket. And that is why I picked it up, because I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events and wanted something similar. Unfortunately, Pseudonymous Bosch is not exactly the second coming of Lemony Snicket, great name aside. It isn't a terrible book, but it's lacking on so many levels that I just lost interest in it. The premise of the book means that the author has purposely left out establishing characteristics of virtually every character, including the main ones. It's to protect their identities, you see. But it just leads to little other than their worse characteristics getting page time, and makes it very hard to like them. The villains are less than memorable, and the plot itself is underwhelming and revolves around one of the main characters making an incredibly foolish mistake. I try not to poke too much at illustrations, but here, the artist wasn't reading what he was illustrating very closely, and sometimes the art just doesn't match what's in the text. I noticed this very early on. The text describes a real estate sign with an arrow pointing towards the house for sale. The picture of the sign? No arrow. I wouldn't call this a deal-breaker, but it's slightly jarring, and a little lazy. But I did like that the author obviously did research into some of the topics in the book (circuses, for example) and synesthesia plays a fairly big, and fairly well-done, part of the story. I also liked Cass's grandfathers. Having a stable, older gay couple as an incidental detail in a middle grade book? Very nice.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine Carstairs

    This book reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events maybe because of the writing. I liked it, actually. It's like having a friend tell you a story, or rather, a secret. The Name of this Book is Secret is about a girl named Cassandra who goes on a dangerous adventure with a boy named Max-Earnest (why he's called such has a funny background lol) because of what they call the secret. This book starts off filling you with curiosity due to the narrator holding back a lot of details, but that cu This book reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events maybe because of the writing. I liked it, actually. It's like having a friend tell you a story, or rather, a secret. The Name of this Book is Secret is about a girl named Cassandra who goes on a dangerous adventure with a boy named Max-Earnest (why he's called such has a funny background lol) because of what they call the secret. This book starts off filling you with curiosity due to the narrator holding back a lot of details, but that curiosity eventually wears off because as the story goes on, the things that happen next become quite predictable. What I liked about this book are the funny parts; there are a lot of them here and most of the hilarious scenes involve adults. It's hard to imagine how a children's book can pull off comical parts so easily!!! (for me, at least) I had a good laugh reading this. It is a good book but I think I would've liked this more if I read this when I was ten. To be fair, it's a book written for children so maybe if you're an adult who read this and didn't enjoy it that much, that doesn't make the book bad. I think a younger audience would find this book more appealing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beenish

    Has anyone read this? Because I really want to!! These titles look amazing!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Saman

    A lot of build-ups and then nothing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    It is a beast book with all the details.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ch_beth Rice

    I listened to the audio book of The Name of this Book is Secret. The author is the mysterious Pseudonymous Bosch. The whole premise of the story if that there is a big secret that the author does not even want to tell the readers about but can’t resist. As a result, the author gives the 2 main characters fake names on order to begin. Cass and Max Ernest stumble upon a box of fragrances that lead them to a magician’s mysterious death. And through many adventures Cass and Max Ernest end up at a cu I listened to the audio book of The Name of this Book is Secret. The author is the mysterious Pseudonymous Bosch. The whole premise of the story if that there is a big secret that the author does not even want to tell the readers about but can’t resist. As a result, the author gives the 2 main characters fake names on order to begin. Cass and Max Ernest stumble upon a box of fragrances that lead them to a magician’s mysterious death. And through many adventures Cass and Max Ernest end up at a cult like spa that’s sole purpose is preserving the key to immortality they discovered. Although this book had more mystery elements the villains work toward immortality gives it a fantasy angle. This book would be suitable for upper grade students and I think they may enjoy the humor and unpredictable story line. I, however, did not enjoy this book. The story itself was good and interesting but the author’s goal to let the readers in on a secret was distracting. The first chapter isn’t truly a chapter and the rest of the first portion is the author directly addressing the readers about secrets and if this secret should revealed. The author goes to great length to explain why he (or she) can not give the true names of characters, and I just wanted to get to the story. The author continues with random tidbits and “conversations” with the readers throughout the book and the final chapter of the book is more frustrating yet. The author explains that he/she isn’t going to give the story the usual ending and calls it a “Do It Yourself Ending”. It seems to me the author is trying too hard to connect with and be funny to his/her readers. Perhaps young readers like this aspect but I did not.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I really enjoyed reading this book by someone with the best pen name ever. And it's about time someone wrote a great novel about synesthesia. I thought it had elements of Lemony Snicket and Philip Pullman. Having said that, the stuff that bothered me, really bothered me. (Stop reading this review now if you want to avoid listening to a tirade. I guess I'm just in one of those moods!) There are some subtle and not-so subtle political messages that irked me because I'm morally conservative. I reali I really enjoyed reading this book by someone with the best pen name ever. And it's about time someone wrote a great novel about synesthesia. I thought it had elements of Lemony Snicket and Philip Pullman. Having said that, the stuff that bothered me, really bothered me. (Stop reading this review now if you want to avoid listening to a tirade. I guess I'm just in one of those moods!) There are some subtle and not-so subtle political messages that irked me because I'm morally conservative. I realize that all books have some kind of social commentary, but sometimes, because it's subtle and intentional and aimed at children, it feels more pernicious. How should I feel about openly gay characters in a children's novel? Or an anti-McDonalds soap box (however true)? It doesn't seem like my 9 year old is equipped yet to understand what the author is trying to do by including these issues. I know that reading a book is about being exposed to new ideas and having one's ideas challenged. But the goal of these ideas isn't about engaging my child in an honest exchange, but to indoctrinate him to accept a particular world view and set of values. For me, it was really such a small small part of what is otherwise a very light book that I was able to really enjoy reading it anyway. (And unlike my kids, I'm used to reading or not reading books that do this.) Someone else, though, might be offended, and perhaps rightly so. That's all I'm saying.

  21. 5 out of 5

    LITerature

    Emily - 4 stars Joanne - 4 stars Kathryn - 2.7 stars Lauren - 4 stars Priya - 4 stars Average: 3.7 stars Emily- This book was quirky and intriguing. How 'bout that? Joanne- This book was too too fabu! Kathryn- Maybe I am too old for this book because it did not grab my attention. I did enjoy Cass' trail mix though. Lauren- This book was weird, but somehow quite enjoyable. Monkey blood? Priya- I would trade all my smoochies for this book. The name of this review is SECRET. Our club had mixed feelings Emily - 4 stars Joanne - 4 stars Kathryn - 2.7 stars Lauren - 4 stars Priya - 4 stars Average: 3.7 stars Emily- This book was quirky and intriguing. How 'bout that? Joanne- This book was too too fabu! Kathryn- Maybe I am too old for this book because it did not grab my attention. I did enjoy Cass' trail mix though. Lauren- This book was weird, but somehow quite enjoyable. Monkey blood? Priya- I would trade all my smoochies for this book. The name of this review is SECRET. Our club had mixed feelings about this book. I guess we can all agree that it's for a younger audience, around ages 9-12. It's quirky and humorous, and is #relatable. We all remember that time in grade 6 when we were kidnapped by a renown beauty salon and our spastic friend was left to save us from the clutches of immortal Europeans. Although it can be tedious with the frequent breaking of the fourth wall, it did add a certain charm to the story. As a matter of fact, we made Cass' Super Chip Trail Mix. Like the book, it was odd at first but it grew on you. 10/10 would recommend. Are we official Skelton Sisters yet? Smoochies, LITerature Book Club

  22. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    This book is great! Good for minds wanting to sort out even the toughest mysteries! "The Name of This Book is Secret" is mysterious and definitely written from a different point of view. I have never read such a mind-bottling book and that is a good thing in this case. I am also dying to read the sequel "If Your Reading This it's Too Late". I recommend this book to pretty much anyone who enjoys mysteries and has a good sense of humor. But I warn you it has an open ending so it seems a little confu This book is great! Good for minds wanting to sort out even the toughest mysteries! "The Name of This Book is Secret" is mysterious and definitely written from a different point of view. I have never read such a mind-bottling book and that is a good thing in this case. I am also dying to read the sequel "If Your Reading This it's Too Late". I recommend this book to pretty much anyone who enjoys mysteries and has a good sense of humor. But I warn you it has an open ending so it seems a little confusing, but its good!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I loved this book so much! I had to reread it to start the second book, but I still felt all of the emotions as I did in the first time I read it. I can't wait to start the second book right now. I loved this book so much! I had to reread it to start the second book, but I still felt all of the emotions as I did in the first time I read it. I can't wait to start the second book right now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    rey

    i really liked this when i was in elementary school and it’s still pretty cool now! a very quick 2 hr read and very fun!

  25. 4 out of 5

    In Search of the End of the Sidewalk

    When I’m not wandering the aisles of a bookstore, filling my arms with more than I can carry, or sitting on the couch in my pajamas surfing library e-book catalogs in search of the next fabulous read, I find book suggestions through the recommendations of fellow bookworms. My latest find comes courtesy of my oldest niece, Kelsey. When we were at the bookstore together the other day she suggested I borrow her copy of The Name of This Book is Secret. What a great suggestion! The Name of This Book I When I’m not wandering the aisles of a bookstore, filling my arms with more than I can carry, or sitting on the couch in my pajamas surfing library e-book catalogs in search of the next fabulous read, I find book suggestions through the recommendations of fellow bookworms. My latest find comes courtesy of my oldest niece, Kelsey. When we were at the bookstore together the other day she suggested I borrow her copy of The Name of This Book is Secret. What a great suggestion! The Name of This Book Is Secret is a young adult (on the younger side of the YA genre) in the vein of The Series of Unfortunate Events. The book tells the story of Cass, a survivalist who is prepared for anything, and her sidekick, Max-Ernest, who finds his way in to her mystery-filled adventure. The tale begins when her grandpas, who own an antique store, find a box containing the Symphony of Smells. From there, she gets herself entangled in a world of magic, mayhem and murder. She and Max-Ernest (who never goes by a shorter version of that moniker) discover that the Symphony of Smells is a cry for help from a missing magician, and in their quest to rescue him, they end up at a secretive spa where the search for immortality takes precedence over manicures and massages. Read the rest of this review (and more!) at www.insearchoftheendofthesidewalk.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    By the end of the Series of Unfortunate Events I had grown rather tired of Lemony Snicket constantly talking AT me, and warning me to read no further, and defining things in hilarious ways. This book is much the same, and I know that kids who are fans of Lemony Snicket will just adore it, because it's very similar, with the exception of it being a much more normal (and therefore relatable) setting. Bosch's writing is very good, and the plot is quite clever, but after a while I just wanted him to By the end of the Series of Unfortunate Events I had grown rather tired of Lemony Snicket constantly talking AT me, and warning me to read no further, and defining things in hilarious ways. This book is much the same, and I know that kids who are fans of Lemony Snicket will just adore it, because it's very similar, with the exception of it being a much more normal (and therefore relatable) setting. Bosch's writing is very good, and the plot is quite clever, but after a while I just wanted him to get to the point. Also, I thought some very heavy matters were addressed and then quickly covered over with all the quirkiness. (Kidnapping, a child is almost murdered in a very gruesome way, etc.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aritri

    Pseudonymous Bosch certainly knows how to keep readers glued to a book... or.. to the series. Written in a style that mekes it more like listening to a story than reading one, the author doesn't give a single chance to the readers to get bored. Moreover, the ending will leave one with no choice but to read the next book. LOVED IT. Anyone who doesn't mind reading children's books once in a while, DO READ IT.. and those who do mind.. well.. I pity you guys...you have no idea what you are going to m Pseudonymous Bosch certainly knows how to keep readers glued to a book... or.. to the series. Written in a style that mekes it more like listening to a story than reading one, the author doesn't give a single chance to the readers to get bored. Moreover, the ending will leave one with no choice but to read the next book. LOVED IT. Anyone who doesn't mind reading children's books once in a while, DO READ IT.. and those who do mind.. well.. I pity you guys...you have no idea what you are going to miss..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Lancaster

    Very good! I wanted to single this one out because I really really liked this book, it’s an amazing book to begin the series and is a good book to start up a mystery!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Prashant

    First as part of favorable disclosure I want to tell everyone that I have not read the 'Unfortunate Events' series. As a matter of fact I hadn't even heard of it till I opened this page to write this review. As I understand the way this book is written(which frankly is the most novel part of this book) is inspired from that series. But now I have already given this book 4 stars and I am not going to take anything away from it just because I am an ignorant fool. So hereof I am going to write this First as part of favorable disclosure I want to tell everyone that I have not read the 'Unfortunate Events' series. As a matter of fact I hadn't even heard of it till I opened this page to write this review. As I understand the way this book is written(which frankly is the most novel part of this book) is inspired from that series. But now I have already given this book 4 stars and I am not going to take anything away from it just because I am an ignorant fool. So hereof I am going to write this review as I planned all along. This book is about two kids and there adventure but that's nothing new and exciting so let me tell you what's the USP of the book apart from the usual drudgery. Firstly, the way of writing is fresh and it gives the reader to engage in a new experience. This is especially important for those voracious ones who like to read 5-6 books at a time and thus it becomes very important for them that the book offers something new if not in the story then at least in the narrative. You will find it here. My senses tickled when in the first few pages the author tried to convince to not to read this book with all his gibberish. Foolhardy but different ! Second, the plot of this book has something different to offer. The 'Symphony of Smell' well that's intriguing for sure. The book has a magician who suddenly disappears and the protagonists in their search find the many ways in which the sense of smell and alchemy has been used since aeon. The story also has a gifted kid apart from the 2 who feels everything in colors and can even connect people and events with different colors. Astonishingly, by the end of the book I started to pay heed to the kid and see what situation or thing can be associated to which color. That is one up in my book. The only negative that I can offer here comes in the ending(here and in the book, PJ?). When the kids receive a mysterious parcel and letter from someone which consist of state-of-the-art gadgets replacing the raw intelligence the kids were using all through the story. The letter invites them to a secret society which stands against the group of villains they fought. Now, wait a second here. I knew that the author has written a sequel of the book but one of the good thing about the story was the innocence and exploration of the unexplored. Why would anyone like to read the second book when it gives a hint of SpyKids? Will I read the second book of the series? I honestly don't know. Not anytime soon for sure. But if some day I am pillaging and plundering in some flea market of second hand books and I find 'If you are reading this, it's too late' then I will not be able to resist buying it. Read this book and tell me if you can.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Like Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, in The Name of This Book is Secret, the author addresses the reader while telling the adventures of Cass and Max-Ernest as they try to solve the likely death of a magician and find a box with mysterious contents. The characters are off-beat: Max-Ernest is a non-stop talker and joke-teller, small for his age, and a fan of riddles and word games; Cass is a survivalist, wearing her backpack filled with equipment to mitigate any dire eventualities; Like Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, in The Name of This Book is Secret, the author addresses the reader while telling the adventures of Cass and Max-Ernest as they try to solve the likely death of a magician and find a box with mysterious contents. The characters are off-beat: Max-Ernest is a non-stop talker and joke-teller, small for his age, and a fan of riddles and word games; Cass is a survivalist, wearing her backpack filled with equipment to mitigate any dire eventualities; Cass's grandfathers, Wayne and Larry live in an old firehouse that has been converted to an antique shop and warehouse for almost anything they take in; Gloria Fortune is a real estate broker who specializes in selling buildings whose owners have died; and Dr. L. and Ms. Mauvais are two strange and clearly evil people who always wear gloves. The mystery: Gloria Fortune brings a box of supposed junk from the house of deceased magician, Pietro Bergamo, for Larry and Wayne to sell. Cass and Max-Ernest discover a strange treasure from Bergamo's house, and in exploring its properties, find a connection to a number of kidnappings over the last century, including that of one of their classmates. The author: When she speaks to the reader as part of the retelling, I find her voice much more engaging than that of Snicket. In Snicket's series, there is one basic tone the author uses, either in explaining the meaning of a word, or in cautioning the reader to look elsewhere for a happy outcome. In Secret, Bosch uses word play, gives the reader choices, reminds readers about earlier hints, adds details not written about, reneges on promises, or mercifully draws a curtain down over events too painful to write about. There is almost a sense of relationship with the reader, a friendly and fallible person visible behind the narrator's words. When explaining why the title, setting, and names of the characters are not the real ones, she writes to the readers, "It's very simple. I can't keep a secret. Never could. I hope you have better luck...." In addition to the peculiar twists of plot and character as Cass and Max-Ernest visit strange places and get in and out of trouble, readers will discover and become familiar with the meaning of synesthesia! Bosch promises a sequel entitled If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. I hope the author doesn't go back on her word! Usual Borrowers: Fifth grade and up Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Mystery Also: 8 1/2 or Better List

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