Pseudonymous Bosch

Premiere date: October 1, 2011

This October, our guest will be Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the Secret Series, which starts with: The Name of This Book is Secret and continues with If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late; This Book Is Not Good For You; and This Isn’t What it Looks Like.

Cassandra and Max-Ernest (not their real names, of course) are two average kids living in a town like the one you live in. Well, Cass and Max-Ernest are as average as you can be providing that you are the heir to a huge secret that could mean the downfall of the world as you know it AND have a dangerous underground society called the Masters of the Midnight Sun pursuing you. Yes, just an average sort of life where you are constantly wondering if you are going to be kidnapped, then you actually are kidnapped and barely escape and then you discover a type of chocolate that allows you to time travel. Did we mention the sock monster? Swords disguised as violin bows? Recipes for survivalist trail mix?

As bad as these books are for you, they’ve somehow been New York Times bestsellers and have been nominated for honors such as the Edgar Award and the E.B. White Award. And one even won the NAPPA Gold Award in 2007. Not that you should read them yourself though. In fact, you should stay far, far away from them.

The fifth and final book in this series, You Have to Stop This, was released in September. Don’t read it. And don’t ask your friend what happens in the end, either. That’s just cheating.