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The Name of This Book Is Secret (2007)

by Pseudonymous Bosch

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Series: Terces Society | Secret Series (book 1)

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Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.
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I didn't like how it begins by saying if you read the book you could become a criminal. I thought it was a book, that is mostly for people who know the difference between right and wrong, but don't mind reading a book that blurs the line a little. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
Fun, original characters; very memorable. The ending was a little weak, and didnt answer all my questions. But I'd like to read the next in the series. I don't read alot of YA lit, but this was a good one.
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  Gittel | Jan 7, 2020 |
A cool concept mystery novel for MG readers, in which the characters' 'real names' have been protected, along with many other details about their lives, and the author himself hides his own identity and periodically harangues his reader for reading such a secret book. I'd summarize the plot but, well, it's secret.
Charlie read and absolutely loved this book and wanted me to read it too. So, of course, I did, and I'm glad for it. A fun story with some cool twists in the telling of it. ( )
  scaifea | Dec 24, 2019 |
What is it with all the books about bad guys questing for philosopher's stone/alchemy/eternal life? Seriously, have we run out of other ideas, people??

Mildly annoying narrator. Kids will like it. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
Cassandra and Max-Ernest are eleven-year-old who go to the same school. Cassandra is a survivalist who has a wild imagination and is always predicting disaster. In her opinion it is “better to cry wolf over and over than never to cry wolf at all. She also has large pointy ears but no school friends.

Meanwhile Max-Ernest is small for his age, likes to tell jokes and talk non-stop. He has a logical mind, likes to study and think things through. He is often ridiculed but never lets what other people say upset him and like Cassandra has no real friends.

When Cassandra's mother goes to a Hawaii she is left in the care of Larry and Wayne, her substitute grandfathers. Larry and Wayne live around the corner from Cassandra and her mother in an old fire station that has been converted into an antiques store. One Wednesday Gloria Fortune, a real estate agent for the dead, shows up at the antique store with a box of contents from the home of a magician who has disappeared which she wants Larry and Wayne to take off her hands. Included with the items is redwood box containing dozens of sparkling crystal vials, a small brass plaque engraved with “The Symphony of Smells” and a notebook. Cassandra enlists Max-Ernest's help to uncover the secret behind the “Symphony of Smells”.

While trying to solve the mystery, the two youngsters meet Dr. L. and Ms. Mauvais, wealthy and evil villains who always wear white gloves. When a classmate goes missing after Dr. L. and Ms. Mauvais visit their school Cassandra and Max-Ernest set out to rescue him. In the process they learn the meaning of 'real' friendship.

Firstly I should point out that this book is aimed at a much, much younger readership than yours truly so I don't really fit the target audience which may colour my opinion of it. As it is I find that I have very mixed feeling about this book. Firstly I rather liked the central story, I felt that it was well written and moved along at a decent pace. However, I also found the narrator's interventions annoying and frankly a little patronising hence the relatively low rating. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jun 9, 2019 |
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Ford, GilbertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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