Posted by: Lizzie Ross | April 11, 2010

So many secrets

The Name of This Book Is Secret, Pseudonymous Bosch (2007), Little, Brown, 360 pp.

It was the author’s name that first attracted me to this book. Very clever, I thought. The conceit continues–“this book is dangerous”, “no real names used here”, “even the location is disguised”. It’s the kind of set up that would appeal to middle school readers, and Bosch never disappoints.

We have two children–Cass, a girl who goes nowhere without her go-bag*, and Max-Ernest, a boy who wants to be a stand-up comic. We have important adults–two men who run an antique shop (Cass’s unofficial grandfathers), teachers, a real estate agent. We have the villains–a pair of skeezy adults who cross Cass’s path too often. And we have a magician who has disappeared.

Items from the magician’s abandoned home arrive in the antiques shop, and the chase begins. And, as in other books, the villains are chasing after an immortality potion, while the kids are trying to stop them. (Perhaps this calls for a future post on what the prevalence of this set up might mean.)

Two things I like about this book. One, it’s clever and funny (always worth a few points on my readability scale). Two, the grandfathers are gay, but no big deal is made of this by any of the characters or by the author.

The sequel (If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late) is out, but I haven’t read it yet: something for my to-do list.

*Go-bag: emergency preparedness materials, collected in one bag for easy and quick access in whatever emergency arises.



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