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In enormous lettering the first page warns: "Do not read beyond this page!" The reason? The book contains a secret so nefarious as to be dangerous even to innocent page-turners daring enough to venture forth. The first few chapters present a tricky little exercise in metafiction in which the story about a secret is revealed as being itself too secret to tell, a ploy sure to tickle more puzzlesome readers. But then the intrusive narrator, who is equal parts snarky and delightful, strikes a deal and deigns to tell the story with fake names in Your Hometown, as long as you agree to "forget everything you read as soon as you read it." Then follows a not terribly shocking story wherein two intrepid kids uncover a mysterious society bent on immortality, which gets them in and out of all manner of trouble. While some may be disappointed that there is no mind-bending secret at the bottom of it all as promised, most junior Da Vinci Coders will likely be having too much fun to notice. Chipman, Ian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Equal parts snarky and delightful."―Booklist

"Equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure, and evocative coming-of-age tale."―Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Secret Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316113697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316113694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was definitely meant for the type of kid/adult who enjoys the Series of Unfortunate Events. The author intrusions were very similar... and equally brilliant. It was an incredibly fun book to read.

Now, for my advice as a parent...

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***

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.
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This is truly a great book! It is a wondrous read that I couldn't put down and I didn't want to end. This engaging book pulled me in on the first page and I couldn't let go. It is an amusing, intriguing and well thought out mystery, but it is also an inspiring and magical story. It's like a comedy-action-adventure-mystery with magic. It was pure joy to read and easily the best book I have read this year. I have already begun reading it again. Once you enter the world of Cass and Max-Ernest you will never want to leave. It is a kid's book but like Harry Potter before it, everyone can get wrapped up in the world Bosch creates. I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who likes to read. This book is a MUST!!!
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...but this book won't be a secret for long and you have only yourself to blame! You've "spilled the beans" and with them made the most irresistable dish of alchemy and intrigue that had me giggling and engaged with every page. Thank you for making the "footnote" something to look forward to (where else can kids and adults alike get a humorously concise yet accurate explanation of Art Nouveau, Mussolini and synesthesia?) and surprising me with plot twists (and puzzles!) when I least expected them. My apologies, sir, but I will not keep this secret. This holiday season I know what I'll be giving all the readers I know: The deliciously secret story by the charmingly pendantic Pseudonymous Bosch.
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My son begged me to buy this book. I thought it was too long for a 6 year old but he has devoured the book - reading non-stop for 3 days. He loves the dry humor and the way the author keeps stopping the story to make comments. I hope this author writes many more books.

There is even a great website to check out at LB-KIDS.com.
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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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