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The Name of This Book Is Secret

(Secret #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  50,613 ratings  ·  3,664 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
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Meredith 1) Obtain book. This can be done by buying or borrowing from the library or, perhaps, a generous friend.
2) Open book.
3) Read, starting from the beginn…more
1) Obtain book. This can be done by buying or borrowing from the library or, perhaps, a generous friend.
2) Open book.
3) Read, starting from the beginning. This is the least confusing method.
4) Continue for as long as it interests you. Feel free to put it down at any time. Of course, this might be difficult if the story is engaging.
Hope this helps! :)(less)
Meghana YES! I think this book fits perfectly for those genres. It keeps you on the edge of your seat! Very addicting series. Very fun book.

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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
M.J. Heiser
Mar 26, 2011 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, yo
Dec 27, 2007 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
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄

I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to speak of it!!! But one thing for sure: LOVED IT!! =)
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
If I hear the words secret or survivalist one more time, I'll lose it. Such a drag.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Book Whales
Mar 09, 2012 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.
Nov 25, 2008 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
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, kid, 2010, ajpl, fiction, mystery
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
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Bookish Devil
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Review of this book is Secret *Winks*
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy

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
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
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A lot of build-ups and then nothing.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a beast book with all the details.
Ch_beth Rice
Feb 17, 2010 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 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
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2008 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
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
anna grace
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!
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
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Caroline Lancaster
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 05, 2012 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
Oct 16, 2008 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;
Mystery! Suspense! Dastardly deeds! Diabolical plots!

What to say about a book whose very title is a secret, whose first page warns us "Do Not Read Beyond This Page", where names and places are changed to preserve secrecy?

Definately a fun story with mystery, villians, and lovably quirky kids. Has a narrator that breaks the narritive to speak to the reader, but didn't find that annoying, and there is less of that as the story goes along. Reminds me a bit of The Mysterious Benedict Society with som
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the infamously anonymous author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series and the Bad Books. Despite rumors to the contrary, his books are not actually written by his pet rabbit, Quiche; the rabbit is merely his typist.

Other books in the series

Secret (6 books)
  • If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret, #2)
  • This Book Is Not Good for You (Secret, #3)
  • This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret, #4)
  • You Have to Stop This (Secret, #5)
  • Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery

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