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

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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...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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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...more
Carly
Dec 27, 2007 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Emily Bower
"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!)
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...more
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....more
Emily
this was the kind of book that whispered to you read me read me and when you did you loves it
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...more
Haley
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...more
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...more
Numey {Azra, creator of Azura}


I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to speak of it!!! But one thing for sure: LOVED IT!! =)
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...more
Willow
Sep 27, 2008 Willow rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Linden
Oct 16, 2008 Linden rated it 4 of 5 stars
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;...more
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...more
Naomi



Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
Serena!
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:

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♠ 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 senz...more
Ms. Patterson
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...more
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...more
Martinad
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
Michelle
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...more
Lydia Presley
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...more
Jonababez
I admit, I decided to read this book of the intriguing title, and I do feel like I want to read children's books. And this is definitely for kids! I had to think like a kid, if not, you will not enjoy it. What I consider as good parts of the book are the illustrations on every chapter. They are good and funny, the characters as well. Cass, a survivalist who carries a backpack, and Max-Ernest, a talker, are two unique characters that any children will love. They collaberated to do a mission regar...more
Angelica
The Name of this Book Is SECRET was such a great book. It all happens with a secret and with a girl named Cassandra finding a big box called "The Symphony of Smells" given by a real estate agent named Gloria containing smelly vails of colorful ingredients. Later in the story we meet our next hero in this story Max-Ernest who meet at recess at school. Together this two stumble upon a dead magican's hidden diary. Which leads to them finding too people that are named Dr.L & Ms.Mauvais that look...more
Elizabeth
It was fun to go back to this book after reading the second in the series so that I could fill in a few gaps. I would recommend that you read them in order, if you can! This book was really great. We see how Cass and Max Ernest's friendship developed and also what things both of them are afraid of. We also get a glimpse at their families and how they fit into them. Again, the author had a fabulous sense of humor in the book. I can see why this series is a hit!
Kathrina
Where this book is lacking in sophisticated plot, it overflows with amusing tone, likeable characters, and unusual breakdown of the fourth wall. It's a great book to read aloud, as the narrator's enthusiasm for telling the tale translates so well to the reader's voice. Also, great opportunity to read with an Italian accent without your kids groaning at you. Had to go buy the sequel today, as the boys insisted.
Juliakayliu
Okay. I have to keep in mind that although this book was not as amazingly interesting or age-appropriate as other books I have read lately, I have to keep in mind that this is a children's book. I remember my fourth grade teacher recommending this book years ago, why I didn't read it then, I will never know. I gave this book four stars based on how I would've felt reading this as a fourth grader. This story is a lot lik a mix between "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart and "...more
Zebdrees450
I loved every aspect of this book, I would like to thank... Pseudonymous Bosch... For writing this amazing novel
Breanna Smith
Never trust a magician. We use words only to divert your attention. Look at my pretty scarf, we say, so you do not see our slight of hand when the rabbit disappears. But I write now as a man, not a magician and I promise my story is true. How I wish it were not! For it is the story of the tragedy of my childhood, and of a terrible secret that has brought nothing but the misery and the death. Imagine if you were just a kid,a survivalist, who was always prepared. Then one day a "real estate agent...more
Sarai
From Booklist
In enormous lettering the first page warns: "Do not read beyond this page!" The reason? The book contains a secret so nefarious as to be dangerous even to innocent page-turners daring enough to venture forth. The first few chapters present a tricky little exercise in metafiction in which the story about a secret is revealed as being itself too secret to tell, a ploy sure to tickle more puzzlesome readers. But then the intrusive narrator, who is equal parts snarky and delightful, str...more
Madeline
This book is literally one of the most obnoxious books that I have ever read. This is good though coming from me because it means that this book was highly suspenseful and I actually had to read page to page to figure out the mystery to it. This book is one of the few actual mystery books I read. I sort of gave up on them after reading Nancy Drew which I had fallen asleep reading a few times… When I recived this book for my birthday and was told it was a mystery book the stereotype that I had fo...more
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series. 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 he is almost cert...more
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