This month’s featured author is Pseudonymous Bosch who wrote the Secret Series.
If you haven’t heard of this series you need to check it out! Last spring I bought the first one, The Name of This Book is Secret, out at our school book fair. I had to buy it when I looked at the first chapter. The entire first chapter is nothing but X’s! Like it has been censored. That alone caught my attention. I shared it with my students saying that normally I’d read them the first chapter as a way to hook them, but I couldn’t read it. It was impossible to read. Then I showed them what it looked like. They LOVED it. They wanted me to read the book aloud to them. Several begged me to hold it for them, so they could check it out when it went public. (going public in my room means it’s now available for checking out)
As the title says this is a book with a secret. A mystery. Here’s the summary from Barnes and Noble:
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.
If you’ve read the Series of Unfortunate Events books you may be thinking they are similar. I guess they are to some degree, but I couldn’t get into those books. This one had me hooked right away. There is plenty of action, suspense and fun characters. Although a few times I wanted to shake Cass and Max and ask them what they thought they were doing. They tend to put themselves in dangerous situations.
The best part! There are two more books in the series. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and This Book is Not Good For You
Be sure to check out the two websites for the series:
WORD OF WARNING: if you don’t like books where the author/character talks directly to the reader, you will NOT like this book. It is done quit a bit throughout the story.
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of the first book in this series The Name of This Book is Secret, you need to do 3 things!
Be a resident of US (sorry but for my first one I’m trying to keep it really easy for me!)
Tell me if you like to read mysteries and why/why not (your entry won’t count without this!)
Leave an email address to so I can find you if you win.
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That’s it! I’m keeping this simple for my first attempt at a give away. The contest will end midnight Central time on Sept. 30th. I will post the winner within 3 days.