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Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of This Book Is Secret

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2007

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The Name of This Book Is Secret

  • Genre: Fiction; middle-grade fantasy
  • Originally Published: 2007
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 810L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 33 chapters; approx. 360 pages; approx. 7 hours, 26 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Cass and Max-Ernest, both 11, encounter a suspicious and potentially dangerous cult called the Midnight Sun in their quest to investigate the death of a local magician. Intrusive narrator Pseudonymous Bosch sometimes addresses the reader in this story complete with riddles and code breaking.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Death; cult activity; violence

Pseudonymous Bosch (Raphael Simon), Author

  • Bio: Born in 1967; grew up in Laurel Canyon, California; earned BA degree at Yale and MA degree in Comparative Literature from University of California at Irvine; teacher of creative writing and novelist of middle-grade series; wrote five novels in The Secret series under the pen name Pseudonymous Bosch; later wrote The Bad Books series under the same pseudonym; wrote The Anti-Book under his real name of Raphael Simon; currently lives in California
  • Other Works: If You’re Reading This, It’s Too late (2008); This Book Is Not Good for You (2009); Bad Magic (2014); Bad Luck (2016)
  • Awards: Edgar Allan Poe Award (nomination; 2008); Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 6-8 (2011); Iowa Children’s Choice Award (nomination; 2011)