The Name Of This Book Is Secret

The Name Of This Book Is Secret

Paperback - 2008
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Read the series that's sold more than 2 million copies--if you dare!

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) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
ISBN: 9780316113694


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Follow along as eleven-year-olds Cass and Max-Ernest solve the mystery of a missing magician.

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Aug 22, 2019

The Name of This Book Is Secret, this will be a difficult review to write because it's a secret and the caricature's names are whatever you make them be and it takes place where you want it to. Overall I liked it and the author was very creative. My favourite part of the book was all the different smells in the bank of smells. I would give this book a three point five out of five stars.

Apr 15, 2019


Jan 25, 2019

No offense but I didn't like this book. :l 👎🏼

Aug 03, 2018

This Books's Name Is Secret by Raphael Simon Pseudonymous Bosch is the first book in The Secret Series. The book is about two kids named Cassandra (Cass) and Max-Ernest who are trying to find about a recent house fire in their neighborhood. After poking around the house, they find an underground room from which, they find the "victim's" notebook/journal. The series was amazing and I have never seen something alike to this series except maybe the continuation of it, The Bad Series.
I read the books online and they had illustrations every chapter. It showed the setting, and at least one of the characters. I didn't like the way the characters were drawn in the book, because they looked a bit like stick figures, but that's only my opinion.
I really did like the book otherwise and I started reading the second one a minute after I finished the first. There wasn't any "violent" scenes which I kinda liked, but there was some fighting, which balanced in out. One thing that I found annoying was when, around the middle of the book, the author stops writing and the reader (me) has to bribe him with chocolate. Anyways, I hope you read this book and enjoy it!
@Tas of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

5/5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is very good and the storyline is unique. This story is very funny but dark at the same time. I read and enjoyed this book when I was only 11 and I still enjoy it now that I am 15. My only complaint about this book would be the beginning; the story is very slow and seemingly boring at the beginning and takes a little bit for the plot to thicken, but once it does this book is nearly impossible to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone and tell them that while the beginning of the book may give you a bad impression, it gets really exciting and interesting.
@Bookworm123 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I think Pseudonymous writes like he's talking to you, which is how I write an essay sometimes. I like this author and I'm reading the fifth book now. I think Cass jumps a bit too much too conclusions, but hey, that's what makes Cass Cass. And Max-Ernest just drones on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and... oops. You get the idea.
Max-Ernest's parents are... wierd. They split their house down the middle, and that puts Max-Ernest under some stress. Wow. I'm looking back at my comment and I'm realizing it is reeeeeeeeeaaaaally long. Maybe I should stop.

Jul 12, 2017

Cass and Max-ernsest. Literally complete opposites but at the same time, friends. When I first saw my classmate read this, I thought to myself; "maybe I should read this. And I thought right!

Dec 08, 2016

though this book was not as good as the other books in this series, its a good kickstarter to this funny, spellbinding, and adventurous series

Oct 13, 2016

This was okay, but nothing spectacular. It was basically Lemony Snicket without the downer endings. The story was interesting, but the asides interrupted the flow too much. Including synesthesia was a good twist, but not enough to redeem this one. I don't think I'll read the rest of the series.

Apr 10, 2016

Um, No not really a good book, It had that vibe, Of a CHILD wrote it, With no real storyline. I didn't like it. Sorry!

Feb 19, 2016

My 11 year old read this book in 3 days with great interest. He thought the story was so-so, but the author's commentary addressed to the reader was hilarious and added to the novelty of the book.

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May 23, 2019

maroon_wolf_341 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

Jan 25, 2019

siboneyleeculham thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jun 29, 2018

pratima6 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

violet_penguin_1184 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Dec 08, 2016

orange_eagle_377 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

Sep 01, 2015

white_horse_316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

navy_shark_215 Aug 23, 2015

navy_shark_215 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

duaaelbouzaidi Jun 07, 2015

duaaelbouzaidi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 10

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violet_deer_47 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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green_turtle_775 Jul 19, 2013

2 kids solve the mystery with a dead magician and the evil Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L

Mar 08, 2013

In "The name of this book is secret", Max-Ernest and Cass (Cassandra) discover that a dead Magician had been trying to stop the the evil Ms.Mavaise from discovering the secret to immortality!

Dec 27, 2010

2 young misfits are brought together, they try and solve the difficult mystery of a dead magician. This leads them to meat the evil Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L. They use not only their wit but the symphony of smell to help them.


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Other: LOTS of *side notes*!!!!

Apr 24, 2013

Other: dumb jokes


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green_turtle_775 Jul 19, 2013

"I'm sorry I couldn't let you read Chaper One

soccergirl8 Jun 15, 2012

"Not knowing a secret is just about the worst thing in the world. No, I can think of one thing worse. Knowing a secret."

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