What is the name of the magic book praised by the kid critics at The Washington Post?
The Name of this Book is Secret. That’s not an excuse for not telling you the name, it is the actual title. The tome written by Pseudonymous Bosch — likely not his or her real name — intrigued the young readers with its mysterious plot and interesting perspective.
Everything having to do with magicians is a bit mysterious. So when one
magician dies and two kids go looking for answers about his death, it’s
not surprising that mysterious things start to happen.
First there is a Symphony of Smells. Then the kids stop at the
magician’s underground home and have a run-in with a not-so-nice
couple. Deciphering coded clues they find along the way leads the kids
into more trouble. (The author helpfully includes an appendix filled
with useful information, including how to figure out codes and perform
The best part of this book is the narrator. The reader doesn’t know
who that all-knowing person is, but it seems that he (or she) is an
important character, too. Part of the mystery is figuring out what role
the narrator plays in the story.
Amazon has the book in stock but probably not for long. It received great reviews from Amazon customers as well. View The Name of this Book is Secret at Amazon.
Read the Washington Post Kids’ review here.