Monday, November 29, 2010

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Secret Series (and a Giveaway!!!)

Since we talked about the Series of Unfortunate Events books last week, I thought I'd use this weeks Marvelous Middle Grade Monday to talk about another series I adore, which reminds me of the Lemony Snicket books in some ways. THE SECRET SERIES, by Pseudonymous Bosh.

The four books in the series are:


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!

Happy Monday!


  1. Hi Shannon!
    Those books sound like fun.
    I'm glad you got to see the author!
    All the best,

  2. These books sound cool. It's great that you've gotten to meet so many authors.

    Hope the revisions are going well.

  3. Another EXTREMELY generous giveaway-thanks so much! These look fantastic~ I'd want them based on the titles/covers alone :)

    PS- Thanks to this post and cover number three, I am now about to dig into the freezer stash of leftover Halloween candy bars.

  4. Ooh, thanks for the giveaway! These books sound wonderful! I've seen them at the bookstore and they've caught my eye but have yet to read them. Must get on that.

  5. I've been hearing a ton about these. Totally want them. I'm in!!

    I've tweeted you @SherWordsGirl and posted you on FB - Sheri Larsen

    I'll add you to my blog post on Wednesday. Thanks for being so generous.

  6. :) these books sound like so much fun!

  7. These books look way cool! Thanks again, Shannon.

  8. Wow- these books sound interesting! Wonder how I've missed seeing them. Thanks for spreading the word.

  9. I just bought the first book for my brother for Christmas and I am dying to get my hands on it! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have these books. I'm excited you are doing a giveaway of all three.

  10. My 8th grader LOVES these books, but I haven't read them yet. They are on my list, but.... you know. :-)

    I have posted on FB (

    and added to sidebar on my blog

    Great giveaway, #1! :-)

  11. Officially on my list - for me and my stepdaughter!

  12. Link in the comments? You're killing me, Smalls! How is that even done? Yeah, so I'm commenting and your getting the contest spreading for free, because I'm linkily challenged. Yeah, totes just made up that word. It's how I roll.

  13. OK, if I don't win these, I'm going to have to buy them. They look awesome!

    I tweeted:!/susankayequinn/status/9274618825154560

  14. Great books. I would love to win them!

  15. I would love to win those books for my sister! Thanks for making it international!

  16. I need these books for my review blog! Please, please, please???


  17. thanks for another great contest--I want in!

  18. Oh. My. Goodness. Those titles are PERFECT! Just looking at them tells me that what's inside is pure genius. *crosses fingers for the win*

  19. These books are great, Shannon -- you have the *best* giveaways! I found one recently at a discount store and was reading it aloud to my girls the second we got home. (Love the page that says xxxxx xxx xxxx xx....) My middle daughter would absolutely LOVE to have all four of these!!! And how neat that you've met the author! ;)


    Fb: (Oh crud, my profile is private. This may not work.)


  20. Happy Middle Grade Monday! I'd love to win one of your fantastic prizes my dear! My daughter has taken her Fancy Nancy book to every event she can thin of to share her pride and joy!! =)

  21. Ooo, looks like tons of fun! What better way to get my 6th graders to read!? :)

  22. AWESOME! My students would LOVE these books. Very col

  23. Oh funny books, I like this! I like their cover, especially the one of This book is not good for you lol
    I would love to enter :) Thank you for this giveaway and for making it international :)

  24. hi miss shannon! mg rocks!!!!!
    for sure i could love these books! your so nice to do a giveaway on them. im in for sure. i did a post on my side bar on my blog. you could go look if you want. yippee! more points for me! ha ha. i love mg monday!
    ...hugs from lenny

  25. Great giveaway! The books sound like a fun read!!

  26. Those look like super secret cool books! Thanks for the contest!

  27. Silly me. I have been put off from reading these all because of the pseudonymous pseudonym. And this despite loving Lemony Snicket and we all know that's not a real name. How shallow can you get!

    I'll do a wee blog post when I have the time/energy--and let you know. Till then, thanks for the ever-wonderful blogging of you.

  28. Great post, Shannon. I've always wanted to read those books, so count me in!

    Also, I posted a link on my blog about your contest. And was inspired to do a "marvelous middle grade" post myself!

  29. Another interesting sounding MG series. I'll definitely have to look into reading them. Love the title and covers. ^_^
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Tweeted HERE

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  30. wooots, i would really like to read them !

    - A follower via GFC

    - i tweeted :

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  31. Wow, sign me up. This is exactly what I need, more distractions!

    When I win, yeah, I said when, I'll wrap them an put them under the tree for my son. What a lucky boy :).

  32. I added this to my blog sidebar! ( These look like great books. Thanks for highlighting them!! Scoot, seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

  33. I'd love to read them!

    Already following your blog.


  34. Very cool, Shannon. I love that you were able to hear him speak! I always wondered how that worked, promoting a book as a fictionious personality!

    I'm not entering this round but wanted to thank you for your generousity. We appreciate all that you do.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  35. What cool covers. I like the titles of these books. I'd like to read these books. The books/titles did make me think of Lemony Snicket and the Series of Unfortunate Events.

  36. These books sound perfect for my older boy
    I'm a follower mountie9

    I tweeted

    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

  37. When you started to talk about them, I immediately thought Lemony Snicket. Definitely going to check them out.

  38. Lovely! *snorts* You are so silly, Shannon.

    But thanks for the shout-out. My blogger stats show I've had more hits on that Marvelous Middle Grade post than any other post!

    You rock!

  39. Oh wow! Thank you for the awesome prize and for making it international. I would love to read these:)


  40. Pick me! Pick me! I love these types of books ;)

  41. These sound fantastic! As ever, <3 for the international competition!

    I tweeted here:

    I blogged here:

    I also blogged about The Sister Grimm, which you put me onto via another MMGM. I loved it, thank you so much!

  42. Love these books! My daughter has read them all. He (whoever he is) was at a bookstore near me and I missed him :(

    I tweeted

  43. When are you posting the winner? I can hardly wait! =) These books look awesome!

  44. Sorry I missed the contest, but I'm glad I found your blog!


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