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

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  38,297 Ratings  ·  2,950 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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2) Open book.
3) Read, starting from the beginning. This is the least confusing method.
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Emily Bower
Jan 08, 2009 Emily Bower rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Xxxxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxxxx xxxxx xx.
Xxxx x xxxxx xxxx xxx xxxx xxxx xxx x xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxx xx!"

(Sorry! It's a secret! You'll just have to read the book!)
The Holy Terror
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
Dec 27, 2007 Carly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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
M.J. Heiser
Mar 30, 2011 M.J. Heiser rated it it was amazing
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
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄

I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to speak of it!!! But one thing for sure: LOVED IT!! =)
Nov 25, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
this was the kind of book that whispered to you read me read me and when you did you loves it
Book Whales
Mar 09, 2012 Book Whales rated it it was amazing
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.
Ley (sounds like "Lee") *my head is a jungle*
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
Jul 02, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid, fiction, ajpl, mystery, 2010, humor
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
Siddharth Chakravarthy
May 13, 2016 Siddharth Chakravarthy rated it really liked it
My Review of this book is Secret *Winks*
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Il libro mi ha attratto per due motivi:
Il titolo strampalato (così come quelli dei suoi seguiti, uno più bello dell'altro) che scatena la curiosità tipo scimmietta George che è dentro di me:

Il nome dell'autore, "Bosch". Sì, ok, ho un debole per tutto ciò che mi ricorda Harry Bosch, Connelly annessi e connessi :D
(Se qualcuno mi dicesse: "Ho letto un libro con un personaggio simile a Harry Bosch -cosa che credo sia impossibile, ma dettagli!-", io lo leggerei subito senza se e senza ma :DD)

Ch_beth Rice
Feb 17, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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 ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, children-s
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
Aug 14, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 27, 2008 Willow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I recommend this book to pretty much anyone who enjoys mysteries and has a good sense of humor.
Recommended to Willow by: My dad got it for me for Christmas!
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
Apr 15, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade

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
Jan 30, 2015 Elifnaz rated it really liked it
Çocukluk aşkım diyeceğim bu kitaba
Oct 16, 2008 Linden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fifth Grade and up
Recommended to Linden by: Sam Wixon
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;
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 have no idea what you are going to m
Jan 21, 2016 Ceyda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
11 günde bittiği gerçeği...
Rs dönemi yüzünden hep!
Ya şu ortalarının muhteşemliği olmasaydı 3 vericektim. Ama 4 verdim :')
11 yaşında falan okusaydım aşık olabilirdim ama bayılmadım. Yine de güzeldi yaşınız şuan 15-16-17+ değilse tavsiye edebilirim
Jan 15, 2016 Kieran rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about this book is the dog I like him because his name is Sebastian.
Oct 28, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplemente encantador. Una historia sencilla y probablemente dirigida a un público más infantil, pero a mí me ha encantado y me ha enganchado. Tengo muchas ganas de seguir con los siguientes libros y continuar con la historia de Cas y Max-Ernest. ¡Me encantó!
Rachel Choi
Feb 20, 2015 Rachel Choi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love mysteries and adventures
"The Name of this Book is Secret" is a very interesting and mysterious book written by Pseudonymous Bosch. This book is about a girl named Cassandra, who claims herself as a survivalist. The adventure starts off with a friend, Max- Ernest, another 11 year old boy who has difficulties and mysterious symptoms. Max-Ernest has never had a friend. That is, until he met Cassandra (Cass for short) at school.
Once the two students meet, they engage in their relationship to the depths of missions and m
Ms. Patterson
Jan 26, 2010 Ms. Patterson rated it liked it
You have to admit this book has a fabulous cover. The carnival-esque look with a blurb to get any Lemony Snicket fan salivating... oh yeah.

Unfortunately, my love for the story doesn't match my love for the cover. Yes, the story has a Series of Unfortunate Events feel to it, but, honestly, the author is trying too hard to make it like ASOUE. If I wasn't absolutely anal about reading every book I start cover-to-cover, I probably would have put it down after only the first two or three chapters. I
Oct 15, 2010 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-the-book
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Mar 05, 2012 Prashant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 30, 2013 Martinad rated it it was amazing
Just by how the book starts, the readers will want to keep on. The first chapter are just X’s. With the authors warnings about how dangerous the book can be for you give you the earge to keep reading. The author introduces Cass and Max-Ernest, which the author claims not to be the characters real names. The author describes Cass as a survivalist. She has everything in her backpack in case of an emergency. Max-Ernest is a boy who likes to tell jokes. One day a real estate agent brings in some thi ...more
May 12, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
Lydia Presley
Jul 05, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2010
This book seemed to try a little too hard.

It tried a little too hard to be like other fun books (specifically the Series of Unfortunate Events books). For a middle-schooler, the story would doubtless be fantastic and keep them reading - but it lacked the charm that I had hoped it would have to keep me thoroughly interested.

That said it was a very quick book, once I actually set my mind to finishing it off so I could move on. The story got better as the book progressed, but the ending seemed a bi
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is about a big secret, yet you never get to know what the secret is. I thought I'd get that out of the way first. The narrator does not want to give you many details of the characters and locations in the book, again, because it's a secret. The narrator can't tell you plenty of things, but they sure go on and on about what they can't tell you. I think the narrator is supposed to be amusing and endearing, but I think the novel would have been just fine without that particular gimmick. I ...more
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series and The Bad Books. Not much is known about him other than that he has a passionate love of chocolate and cheese and an equally passionate hatred of mayonnaise. Rumors of Boschian sightings are just as frequent and about as reliable as reports of alien abductions. If you ever meet anyone claiming to be Pseudonymous himself ...more
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