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Pseudonymous Bosch - Author

About the Author

DISCLAIMER: Usborne books and Pseudonymous Bosch cannot be blamed for the effect of reading his books. You have been warned - there may be consequences!

Many people laugh in the face of danger but not Pseudonymous; his story had to be dragged from him with threats and bribery but now it is here written down. It is up to you whether you have the courage to follow this story of mystery, murder, strange powers and evil foes, although if you do not you may miss out on a BIG secret.

But who is PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH? Pseudonymous Bosch is a pseudonym, or as he would prefer to call it (because he is very pretentious), a nom de plume. Unfortunately, for reasons he cannot disclose, but which should be obvious to anyone foolhardy enough to read this book, he cannot tell you his real name. He describes himself as impetuous, immature, immodest and immoderate and likes to spend his spare time eating but admits to a deep-seated fear of mayonnaise.

Writing is not his only trade; he is also a spy for a very small country but of this, for your sake and his, we can say no more. Pseudonymous writes in the dark as his words tend to scare him, the subject matter being so terrible. However the dark also scares him so the only thing that gets him through the trauma of writing is chocolate. Pseudonymous is carrying on with his writing for Usborne, despite the danger. This bravery has paid off to some extent as he has recently been nominated for a Juvenile Edgar Award in the United States, although if he wins it is doubtful he could attend in case this jeopardises his cover.

A short interview with mysterious author Pseudonymous Bosch

Q: Why did you choose the name Pseudonymous Bosch?
A: I was looking for something simple and easy to pronounce. I may have missed the mark.
 
Q: Is chocolate really your favourite food?
A: Yes.  Although I think calling it a food is demeaning.
 
Q: What are your favourite books?
A: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, naturally.  (There are some who say I stole the idea of writing a book about chocolate from Roald Dahl; I prefer to call his book an inspiration.)  Another favourite is THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD.  I refer to it constantly.

Q: Why do you not like mayonnaise?
A: I nearly drowned in a jar when I was a baby.  In fact, I probably shouldn't be revealing this now, but the sordid tale of my brush with death-by-condiment will appear in my fourth book.

Q: What inspired this series?
A: Hmmm, if I tell you the secret story behind THE SECRET SERIES can we keep it just between us...? Very well.
The truth is, I wrote the first book in the series when I was in elementary school.  Not as a student, I'm afraid, but as a volunteer.  I was part of a program called Writing Partners wherein fourth- and fifth-grade students were partnered with adults outside their school for the purpose of exchanging writing through the mail for "comment and critique."  As peers, writer-to-writer, you understand, rather than as grown up and child.
My writing partner, May, sent me poems, stories, and a terrific cartoon strip she'd drawn about a chocolate bar that was afraid of being eaten.  I didn't have anything to send, so I decided to write her a novel-- but I couldn't think of a title I liked, no matter how hard I tried.  Well, maybe that's because the name of this book is secret, I thought.  Then I asked myself what the book should be about.  The answer was obvious...a secret!  I started by sending a few pages that I wrote under duress minutes before they were due.  But May's reaction (and the reaction of her friends) was so enthusiastic that I was soon sending larger installments, and I kept writing long after my volunteer stint was over. And the rest, as they say, is secret history.
 
Q: Have you written anything else?
A: Lists, mainly.  Shopping lists, laundry lists, that sort of thing.  A few thank-you notes when my mother made me.  Oh, and when I was a kid I wrote a story about a mouse detective and a missing piece of cheese.  Cheese, of course, being my second most favourite food.


Q: Do you plan to write anything else?
A: There is a not-so-secret secret pattern to the Secret Series.  Each book concerns one of the five senses.  Book 1, THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET, features a box of scented vials called the Symphony of Smells, and it concerns the sense of smell.  Book 2, IF YOU'RE READING THIS IT'S TOO LATE, features a magical ball of sound called the Sound Prism, and it concerns hearing.  My new book, THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU, has the Tuning Fork and concerns taste--in particular the taste of chocolate. Book 4 I just finished writing and I don't want to give too much away.  But it's going to be called THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE and it concerns the sense of sight obviously. That leaves, you guessed it, touch for Book 5.
 
Q: How did you come up with the characters of Cass and Max-Ernest?
A: Come up with them?  I think you mean to ask, how can I remember them so well? 
 
Thanks for the great questions, but remember, the books are meant to be secret. Please don't repeat a word I've said.  Or if you must, repeat only the most boring ones.  And repeat them over and over until you drive everybody away.

Featured books by Pseudonymous Bosch

Other books by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of This Book is Secret

The Name of This Book is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! Contains two extraordinary adventurers... A missing magicians diary... A symphony of smells... And a deadly secret. But wait, you already know too much! It is too late. Nothing will stop you now. Open the book if you must. But, please, tell no one.

Bad News

Bad News

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2017

The can't-miss final installment of beloved author Pseudonymous Bosch's bestselling Bad Books trilogy!At Earth Ranch, Clay encountered a haunted library, a castaway boy, and a fire-breathing dragon--not to mention incredible magic. Now he faces his most dangerous foes yet: the mysterious white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun, whose scheming leads Clay to a dragon reserve. Up against impossible odds, will Clay and his Secret Series Allies be able to triumph over these villains once and for all?Packed with action, humor, magic, mystery, and dragons, Pseudonymous Bosch answers long-simmering questions as he delivers his most exciting adventure yet.

Bad Luck

Bad Luck

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Reader, beware! This is a BAD book. A VERY BAD book that will bring you nothing but BAD LUCK. Luckily no one would want to read it as it is extremely BORING and contains NO ADVENTURE whatsoever. No magic. No betrayal. And NO DRAGONS. No flying dragons. No fire-breathing dragons. No dragon hunters. ABSOLUTELY NO DRAGONS. The only reason anyone would DARE read this book is if they are VERY BAD and never do what they're told. And you always do what you're told. Don't you?

Bad Luck

Bad Luck

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

The plot thickens in this New York Times-bestselling sequel to Bad Magic!Some people have all the luck.Unfortunately, Clay isn't one of them: He's the only camper at Earth Ranch without a magical talent. As if feeling totally useless isn't enough, Clay has to figure out what to do about Brett, a castaway boy who has just washed ashore and is determined to keep his presence a secret. Even as Clay helps his new friend hide in the remote volcanic island's wilderness, another fiery mystery begins to emerge, with all signs pointing to the impossible idea that dragons once roamed the island...and may still. Can Clay and his friends turn their luck around in time to uncover Price Island's secrets--and save it from a scorching end?Danger, adventure, mischief, mystery, old foes, new friends, and a delightfully elusive narrator make bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch's latest novel completely irresistible.

Bad Magic

Bad Magic

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2014

The magical, bestselling series from Pseudonymous Bosch, the author of the Secret Series!Magic is BAD.As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for "e;troubled"e; kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?Elusive author Pseudonymous Bosch introduces an extraordinary new series that will have you believing in the unbelievable.

If You're Reading This, it's Too Late

If You're Reading This, it's Too Late

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

This is the quirky, original and deliciously dark sequel to the hilarious The Name of This Book is Secret. Proud new members of the top-secret Terces Society Cass and Max-Ernest can't wait for their first mission. And no sooner have they decoded a message hidden in Cass' shopping list than they are kidnapped by their dastardly enemies, the Midnight Sun, discover the whereabouts of the mysterious and powerful Sound Prism, and find themselves in a race against time to track down the homunculus - a monstrous manmade creature with a terrible, insatiable hunger who guards the secret of eternal life...and is known to his friends as Mr. Cabbage Face. Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked once more by the stylish storytelling of Pseudonymous Bosch.

The Name of This Book is Secret

The Name of This Book is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions from a talented new voice in children's fiction.When intrepid investigators Cass and Max-Ernest set out to discover the history of the mysterious Symphony of Smells, they become embroiled in a dastardly experiment involving kidnapped children and the secret of eternal youth. Together they must come up with a plan to rescue their classmate from a hideous fate and escape the eerie pyramid of the Midnight Sun. Colourful characters abound in this utterly inspired journey of discovery, guaranteed to delight and enthrall readers.

This Isn't What it Looks Like

This Isn't What it Looks Like

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

This is the fourth quirky, original and deliciously dark comic adventure from the phenomenon that is Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the hilarious bestseller The Name of This Book is Secret . Cass' mind has been transported back to Medieval England after she dared to taste the Midnight Sun's deadly chocolate, leaving her body in a coma. Invisible to everyone save for a clairvoyant whose second sight helps Cass on her quest, Cass finds her ancient ancestor and founder of the Terces Society - the jester - with the help of a double monocle with mysterious powers. Cass must help the jester escape the wicked clutches of the founder of the Midnight Sun, Lord Pharaoh, if she is to steal his treasure, which may or may not contain the Secret. To Cass' horror, when she wakes from her coma she has forgotten everything. But a school trip to a medieval fair stirs her memories and she is confronted with a menacing blast from her time-travelling past...Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked by the stylish, tongue-in-cheek story-telling of Pseudonymous Bosch. It features a dedicated website which is highly interactive, with email news alerts and more.

Write This Book

Write This Book

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2013

This imaginative companion to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series teases, prompts, and leads readers through the steps of writing a story. Bosch's signature rip-roaring voice delivers an engaging narrative (for the reader to help complete!) and interactive puzzles and games. Readers get the chance to create their own story while enjoying a satisfying mystery as well.Here's a note from our fearless "e;author"e;:I feared this might happen. I knew reading was a dangerous business, but now it's not safe for writers either! You see, the author of this book is missing. Well, maybe not "e;missing."e; A certain author whom I won't name (okay, me) has abandoned his book and has left his readers hanging out to dry. This is a crime, I admit, but there it is. Most of this book, well, I just haven't written it. And I'm not going to, either.Why? Oh, I have my reasons. Big. Grown up. Author. Reasons. Unfortunately, I can't reveal them yet. Let's just say a life is at stake (mine) and leave it at that. So will you do it? Pretty please? You'll do it? Thank you! But please hurry! Time is of the essence and you can't wait any longer. You must WRITE THIS BOOK!

You Have to Stop This

You Have to Stop This

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

This is the fifth and final, fantastical adventure from the phenomenon that is Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the hilarious bestseller The Name of This Book is Secret . When Cass, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are accused of stealing a very-valuable-and-not-to-be-touched Ancient Egyptian mummy from the local museum, they're determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious case. But after they are accidentally trapped in a crate with a mummified cat, the three youngest members of the Terces society unwittingly find themselves on their way to the great pyramids of...Las Vegas. Amongst the dusty corridors of the Cairo Hotel and mysterious hieroglyphs of the Nile Nail Salon, Cass draws ever closer to uncovering the Secret. But so too do their sneaky arch-enemies, the Masters of the Midnight Sun...Can Cass defeat Lord Pharaoh once and for all, and will we all finally, conclusively, and at (very) long last, learn the Secret? You'll just have to read this! Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked by the stylish, tongue-in-cheek story-telling of Pseudonymous Bosch.

You Have to Stop This

You Have to Stop This

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2011

The finale to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series! I always feared this day would come. A secret is meant to stay secret, after all. And now we've come to this: the fifth and final (I swear!) book in my saga of secrets.A class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly--and I don't mean in the bored-to-death way--when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this "e;crime"e; of vandalism, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when tragedy strikes. To clear their names--and, they hope, to discover the Secret--the trio must travel deep into a land of majestic pyramids, dusty tombs, mysterious hieroglyphs, and the walking dead. Egypt? Or somewhere much stranger . . .In the midst of it all, the Secret still lurks. You're out there, reading and talking about it, and now my life--and chocolate supply--is in the greatest danger yet. So please, with a cherry on top, I'm begging you: you have to stop this!

This Isn't What It Looks Like

This Isn't What It Looks Like

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2010

The Secret Series continues in this dangerous and daring fourth adventure. Cass finds herself alone and disoriented, a stranger in a dream-like, medieval world. Where is she? Who is she? With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secrets--piecing together her family's history as she fights her way back to the present world.Meanwhile, back home, Cass is at the hospital in a deep coma. Max-Ernest knows she ate Time Travel Chocolate--and he's determined to find a cure. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's condition before it's too late? And will he have what it takes to save the survivalist?

This Isn't What It Looks Like

This Isn't What It Looks Like

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2010

This Book Is Not Good For You

This Book Is Not Good For You

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2010

This Book Is Not Good For You

This Book Is Not Good For You

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2009

Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you...and this story is particularly scrumptious!In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass's mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Se or Hugo! The ransom...the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it's too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Se or Hugo's chocolate success?If you're tempted, take a taste, but just remember...this book is not good for you.

This Book Is Not Good For You

This Book Is Not Good For You

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you...and this story is particularly scrumptious! In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass's mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Se or Hugo! The ransom...the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it's too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Se or Hugo's chocolate success? If you're tempted, take a taste, but just remember...this book is not good for you.

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2008

Beware!Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.OK, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book is Secret, you're wrong.I'm not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited intiation into the mysterious Terces Society, or the ongoing fight against the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. I certainly won't be telling you about how the kids stumble upon the Museum of Magic, where they finally meet the amazing Pietro!Oh, blast! I've done it again. Well, at least I didn't tell you about the missing Sound Prism, the nefarious Lord Pharaoh, or the mysterious creature born in a bottle over 500 years ago, the key to the biggest secret of all.I really can't help myself, now can I? Let's face it - if you're reading this, it's too late.

Name of this Book Is Secret

Name of this Book Is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2008

Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.

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