The early chapter book genre seems to be very active these days. This is the second volume of another potentially long running series, this time about a group of kids who call themselves the Secret Knock Club. For this type of book, the writing is decent and it hasn't settled into formula yet (which could be a nice change of pace for parents reading this to their kids). The story follows Agnes, the lead character, as she interacts with the classmates, teachers and family in a plan to throw a concert to fund a dunking booth at the spring fair. While the plotting is well done, the book runs into problems in the way it has Agnes interact with others. Simply put, she's a brat, yet everyone around her, including classmates, tolerates her and lets her have her way. Despite being self-centered and inconsiderate to the point of being delusional, Agnes doesn't really ever have to own up to her bad behavior. The jokes about adults aren't really that bad, and alone would've been a fine way to add some humor to the story, but Agnes is also bad friend to her classmates. The only redeeming aspect to the way she acts is that its bad enough to be bedtime conversation about how friends shouldn't act. Overall, the variety of a new series isn't worth having to deal with the bad example set by the lead character.