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The Name of This Book Is Secret    by Pseudonymous Bosch Amazon.com order for
Name of This Book Is Secret
by Pseudonymous Bosch
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2007 (2007)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

The Name of This Book Is Secret is one of those super fun mystery/adventure stories for kids that begs to be read all in one sitting, if given the opportunity. The author, Pseudonymous Bosch (even his name keeps with the theme), does an excellent job of building the excitement and making the reader think he or she is reading something that really is secret.

Cass is an eleven-year-old girl who is convinced that disaster will strike at any moment. When she hears of the mysterious death of an eccentric old magician and finds an odd box that he left called The Symphony of Smells, she knows there is more to the story than meets the eye. No one really believes her except her classmate Max-Ernest, a boy who is constantly annoying all the other students with his unfunny riddles. Together, they break into the magician's home and find his notebook, but are almost caught by Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L, a sinister-looking couple.

After cracking an ingenious code, the two kids read all about the magician's life and the mysterious Golden Lady who is stalking him because of his synethesia, a condition where all the senses get muddled in the brain. They soon realize that the Golden Lady is Ms. Mauvais, but not before she kidnaps one of their classmates, Benjamin Blake. With no one believing them, it is up to the two adventurers to break into Ms. Mauvais's exclusive spa and free Benjamin.

The Name of This Book Is Secret is full of codes, which are fun for the reader to try to solve along with Cass and Max-Ernest. It is also an engaging read because Bosch tries to keep the story a secret he spends the first chapter explaining that he should not tell the story, and every so often breaks the narrative in an effort to stop giving away the secret. However, this does not disrupt the flow, but only makes the reader more eager to find out what happens next.

All in all, Pseudonymous Bosch's The Name of This Book Is Secret is just plain fun. It makes reading so engaging that middle readers will simply devour it.

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