The four books in the series are:
THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET
IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE
THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU
and THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
And their covers are just as awesome as their titles:
So, as I'm sure you can tell, much like the Series of Unfortunate Events, the SECRET SERIES is written by a fictitious author--who I've had the pleasure of meeting and hearing him speak. He's hilarious! I highly recommend catching one of his signings :)
The books also talk directly to the reader and basically tell them not to read the books and not to keep reading (which is genius if you ask me--what makes a kid want to do something more than telling them NOT to do it? Oh, wait...maybe it's titling the book THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU with a big slab of chocolate on the cover! #brilliant)
But where the Series of Unfortunate Events is all about being hilariously dour and depressing, the Secret books are all about intrigue and mystery and danger. And while I haven't had a chance to work my way through the entire series yet (stupid endless revision schedule), what I have read has been all kinds of awesome. Page turning. Laugh out loud funny. Addicting. So you can bet I'll be digging into the books I haven't read as. soon. as. I. possibly. can.
And--because I am absolutely positive that kids and adults alike will love these books as much as I do--I picked up signed copies of the first three books, and I'm giving all three away to one lucky commenter on today's post!
Ooo...look at the pretty prizes!
And they all come with his secret signature and confidential stamp inside:
To enter, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post sometime between now and 11:59 PST on Saturday, December 4th. International entries welcome.
And since this contest is for 3 signed books--and I have a feeling some (or all) of you will REALLY want them--I'll do the extra work and give extra entires for spreading the word. So I'll give 3 extra entries for posting about this on your blog/website, tweeting about it, or mentioning it on facebook. Just make sure you leave a link in your comments so I can verify.
UPDATE: Clearly the Shannons have teamed up to spread middle grade love, because the fabulous Ms Shannon O'Donnell has once again done a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday of her own. Make sure you hop over THERE for another fabulous book recommendation!
Yay--another MMGM post! So exciting to see Middle Grade getting more attention in the blogosphere. The lovely Joanne Fritz is featuring some incredible MG books on her blog today too. Click HERE to check them out.
If anyone else has done a MMGM feature, let me know--I'll happily link your post! Just drop me an email.
Okay, I think that's everything. Good luck!