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The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Bestselling author James Patterson's most beloved middle grade protagonist, Rafe Khatchadorian, is getting the Hollywood treatment. Hardcover
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"Equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure, and evocative coming-of-age tale."―Publishers Weekly
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Now, for my advice as a parent...
Some reviews have noted that the book is scary. While the intensity was definitely heightened at the end, I think they're all referring to the scene very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom--the human sacrifice scene and the implication that there will also be cannibalism in some form. It all takes place in front of a cult group in a pyramid. (So, it's very like that Indiana Jones scene--minus the lava, but there is a giant bonfire.) While the child due to be killed is not one of the main kids and is ultimately saved, there have been previous missing kids who weren't so lucky. It's not graphic per se. The villain describes what he is going to do and makes preparations to do it. In a previous scene, there is a character who drinks something that possibly contains blood and there are implications that the "Fountain of Youth" concoctions they're all drinking contain some essence of previously killed victims... though it's really glossed over and not focused on.
The main characters in this are eleven years old, but kids generally read up so you'd expect kids aged 8-11 to be interested. On the other hand, how do you know your child has reached that crucial "I'm okay with human sacrifice and implied cannibalism" stage? I have a nine and a ten year old, and I'm not entirely sure this wouldn't give my ten year old nightmares. She's a bit more sensitive.
I still whole-heartedly recommend it. It was pure genius from beginning to end, but sensitive kids or kids who visualize far beyond the book's details might want to wait until they're older.
There is even a great website to check out at LB-KIDS.com.
This book is the most Fantastic book in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm 10 and REALLY enjoyed this book! I was in a Book Club in our Local Library and we read this book (but we had to end the group because there wasn't enough people) I was a little Skeptical at first seeing that the age group is 8+ so I thought it would be to young for me but boy was I WRONG!!! I love it! If you want Adventure, Action, Mystery, and Humor read this book!!! This book has everything!!! Other people think it's to scary but that's because they where probably to young to read it!(I don't get scared to easily though)I recommend about 9 or 10 and up. Now I'll tell you about the actual book.
The heroes are 2 kids name Cass (Cassandra) and Max-Ernest (which are actually their code names because he can't tell you there real names) who are both 11 years old. Cass is always prepared for disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, and carries with her a backpack filled with survival gear. So she calls herself a survivalist.She also has pointy elf ears that embarrass her. Spoiler Alert!(well not really) She finds out why her ears are so pointy and her mothers are not in the 2nd book.
Max-Ernest is the child of divorced parents because they fought over whether to name him Max or Ernest. But they still live in the same house... which is divided in to 2 because they want Max-Ernest to have a family with 2 parents. Max-Ernest's parents. Cass and Max-Ernest's only friends are each other as they battle evil in this amazing book!!!
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I liked all of the authors brilliant and hilarious humor and how there where lots of cool codes to decipher. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My 11 year old nephew loved the book. Loos forward to next twist in the series.Published 1 month ago by KL
The book was good. It had very unique and interesting characters. You should read this book if you like mystery or fantasy books.Published 2 months ago by Paula
I know it's a book for tweens but the synopsis made me smile. I couldn't help myself - it was too clever. I had to read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michaela Daphne
This was an okay book. I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoy other books because it did not catch my attention and keep my attention. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Archi Patel