The Name of this Book is Secret

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0316113662
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Reader reviewed by Ben S

                The Name of This Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch, is a logical thinking book. This book has tons of different puzzles for Cass and Max-Ernest. Cass is a survivalist and is very vigilant. Max-Ernest is a boy driven by logic and his mind. Max and Cass dont fit in with the others. Max and Cass become great friends. Together, the two of them can create an amazing discovery. They go looking in a house that is partially abonded.  People are looking to buy this house. Max and Cass go in the house to go and find something, anything. They find an old Diary of a Dead Magician. Whats that smell? The two of them think as they look around the room. Its coming from the box over there! Eh what is that?  What is in the box? Was the smell coming from the box?  Whose diary did the two of them find? Read the book if you dare.


                I like how the author had all these puzzles that, we, the readers could try to figure out. Some of the puzzles were anagrams, word games, and logic puzzles. I like how the author has a Mysterious Narrator.  The author described everything, made this book fantastic, and made me give it FIVE STARS! Its age range is 9-13. I really enjoyed this book, and if you read it, I bet you would to.

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The Name of This Bookis Secret
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Reader reviewed by Misty

This is a book that I think people will either love or hate,
stylistically. And if someone had told me that the author does certain
things, employs a certain stlye, I probably would have told you that I
would fall on the 'hate' side, as the author uses one of my biggest pet
peeves in his writing: asides to the reader. Surprisingly, though, I
didn't mind these for the most part. They fit with the tone and voice
of the book, and were done in a cute way that was fairly unobtrusive
(though be warned, some may disagree or be confused by them).



The book tells the story of two eleven year old oddball outcasts
who get sucked into persual of "the Secret" in their attempts to solve
a local disappearance and rescue a kidnapped friend.



The characters are fun and over the top, the villains just creepy
enough and the heroes by no means perfect. The language is fun and
engaging, if at times difficult.


There is an appendix to the book that provides links to things
within the book, experiments and games for the readers to try out,
circus vocabulary (which will make sense when you read the book), etc.
This is a nice touch and provides opportunities for parents and
teachers to help children make connections with the book and be
interactive.

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Reader reviewed by GirlwiththeBraids

(CAUTION- Review contains spoilers.)

The Name of This Book is Secret
By Pseudonymous Bosch

Not knowing a secret is just about the worst thing in the world.
No, I can think of one thing worse.
Knowing a secret.
Read on, if you must.
But, remember, I warned you.
___________

Eleven-year-olds Cassandra and Max-Ernest found a box, a secret box, which was titled (or so it said) The Symphony of Smells, containing vials. The box was connected to a mysterious magicians mysterious disappearance during a mysterious fire. Its all so mysterious! Cass and Max find themselves on a trail of secret riddles and secret rooms& and the most important thing of all: The Secret.

Author Pseudonymous Boschs unique voice and perspective shows through this one-of-a-kind read. When I first picked up this book, I thought that I knew what to expect, such as a copycat of Lemony Snickets way of writing. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that Pseudonymous has a voice of his own.

The way this story is written is not only mysterious, unique, and secret, but it was enjoyable to the very last sentence. But in that last sentence, there is another mystery& that you can find out only if you read the sequel.
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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

The plot of this book is so secret, it would be unethical for even me, as a reviewer, to give a decent plot summary.

Ill tell you a little. Just enough to make it clear what readers are getting themselves into when they open this book.

The characters, Max-Elliott and Cassandra (names have been changed for the protection of the reader), are in trouble. They seem to get into deeper trouble every chapter, but the secret is so intriguing that they simply must keep moving forward&and so does the book.

From the dust jacket with mirror image text, to the amazing appendix, readers will be glued to their seats. But, dont worry, there are very clear instructions on when to take a break from reading (or to hide the book from prying adults).

A teasing narrator keeps readers informed of everything they need to know, and protects them from information that may bring them harm.

The main characters are fun and relatable, each with a unique set of problems that compliments the others weaknesses. Fun secondary characters and fascinating circumstances offer comic relief throughout the story, keeping a nice balance of humor and mystery.

The book is longer than a standard middle-grade novel, but the chapters are short, fun, and easy to follow, making it a quick read. Its well worth any groans at the shear number of pages. Plus, several passages have only one word, or a series of words that dont need to be read at all. Reluctant readers will love it&and have the added bonus of showing parents what a nice, thick book theyre reading!

Author, Pseudonymous Bosch, whomever he or she really is, weaves a masterful tale thats sure to delight young readers and keep them hooked until the very last page.
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