Don’t you love a clever series? Especially one written for children that gets their attention from page 1, and written by the loveliest pen-name I have come across.
Book 1: The Name of this Book is Secret starts with a bold black page with the words “Warning: Do not read beyond this page!” Then there is a warning, “are you sure you want to know this secret? It might be better not to?” Then Chapter 1 is written all is x’s: “xxx!” xx xxx. “Xxxxx. Xxxx.” Xxxx xxxxx xxx. Then there is a following apology that chapter 1 gave all the real names and places of the book, so it had to be kept secret. It’s great. What a clever way to get your attention. What then unfolds in the story of Cassandra and Max-Earnest as they uncover a magician’s secret diary and a hundred-year-old mystery. It’s written in a chatty, let-me-tell-you what happened style, with the author occasionally breaking out of the role of narrator to tell the reader something extra or make a funny comment. It’s clever, funny and well-told.
Miss 11 devoured all 5 books in The Secret Series very quickly. I have just enjoyed book 1, I may not bother with the rest myself – but I do think kids will like them.