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unidentified flying ... book?

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We're not sure exactly where Agent ML got this picture from. Is the book entering our dimension?


Flying away through a vortex? We're not sure. It would be handy if one could open up a portal to hide the Secret Series in if someone is coming. We hope that's what's happening here!

Sticky situation

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Matt Pearce at shares this story:

Fish are dying off en masse in the waters around Honolulu after hundreds of thousands of gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor this week -- and there's nothing officials can do to clean it up.

Thousands of fish, suffocated by the sugary sludge, have been killed or threatened. Footage from local media showed fish floating in the harbor, with some seeming to gasp above the surface of the water, which was contaminated by the thick, syrupy sweetener.

"We're working with all the local officials, but as the [Hawaii] Department of Health said, there’s nothing you can do to clean up molasses," Jeff Hull, a spokesman for Matson Inc., the company responsible for the leak, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "It’s sunk to the bottom of the harbor. Unlike oil, which can be cleaned from the surface, molasses sinks."


Harris added of the disaster, "I’m not sure there’s anything to do. They do have officials out there removing the dead fish to keep potential sharks from gathering, but I think the damage was too quick – once it was reported, it was too late."

Health officials said they expect the molasses plume to go from Honolulu Harbor into the nearby Ke'ehi Lagoon and then dissipate in the ocean. Spokeswoman Okubo said there was no timetable for when that might happen.

In a statement, the company said it "regrets that the incident impacted many harbor users, as well as wildlife.... We are taking steps to ensure this situation does not happen again."

Uh oh! What horrible news.

Dracula's Castle up for sale

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No, not by us, silly. We no longer operate in legendary castle real estate.

Christopher Middleton at shares this story about this famous castle, now up for sale:

The property comes with a long list of previous owners: everyone from Saxons to Hungarians to Teutonic knights. And although the facilities may not be exactly state-of-the-art (the plumbing is reported to require some work), there’s no questioning the detachedness of the property. It stands on top of a hill, and is most definitely not overlooked by neighbours.

The views are similarly uninterrupted. The original property particulars don’t survive, of course. But you can bet that the estate agents in the nearest town (Brasov) would have put plenty of emphasis on the number of miles away from which you could spot an advancing army.

“Archduke Dominic and his family care very much for the castle, and it’s in far better shape now than it was when run by the government,” says Meyer. “The aim, though, is to take the whole thing a stage further, re-route the road and make Bran a destination, the kind of place people will stay for two or three days.”

The question is, of course, how much will the castle cost? It’s been reported that Archduke Dominic offered it to the Romanian government for $80million (£47million), but Meyer is not prepared to quote a figure.


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this sounds like too many definitions

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Word of the Day
June 5
soundAudio Pronunciation\SOUND\
a :
free from disease, injury, defect, or error
b :
in good condition : solid and strong
2 :
showing good judgment
a :
complete or thorough
b :
of sleep : deep and restful


Look at all these different meanings of the word sound, a word we appreciate for its SENSIBILITY. (get it?!?)

this word fooled us

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Word of the Day
June 3
charlatanAudio Pronunciation\SHAHR-luh-tun\
1 :
a pretender to medical skill : quack
2 :
one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : fraud, faker


Ah, so a charlatan is another word for ... Impostor? it seems.


on an island

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Word of the Day
May 25
spumeAudio Pronunciation\SPYOOM\
frothy matter on liquids : foam, scum

Thanks Gilbert Ford! Here are more interior illustrations from BAD MAGIC.


We love them, Gibert. We can barely wait until September 16 to see all of them.

Earth Ranch! What's that place all about, I wonder. I also can't wait to find out about how that kid ended up in the drink.

Jupiter's giant red spot is shrinking

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Sanden Totten from KPCC brings us this story on Jupiter's red spot. Uh oh! It's shrinking. Here's what Sanden tells us about the famous mark:

It's a powerful storm on the gassy planet's surface that's been observed continually since the 1800s, though it's likely much older than that, and has become the planet's most identifiable feature. But researchers now say the iconic spot is disappearing. Fast.

"It's at its smallest size ever," said Amy Simon, lead researcher of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Great Red Spot is a hurricane-like weather pattern that blows 500 mph winds and swirls clouds of ammonia and ammonium hydrosulphide.

In the 1800s, the GRS, as it's known, was estimated to be 25,500 miles across. Today it's less than half that size.


While it's always been shrinking, Simon said that the process has speeded up dramatically in recent years.

Using data gathered by the Hubble telescope, she calculated the GRS is diminishing by about 580 miles a year.

"People have asked me, 'Is it going to disappear?' But we don't know that yet," Simon said. "It'll be interesting to follow over the next few years and see what it does."

As for the cause, Simon said that small eddies feed into the storm, and they may be changing its internal dynamics, causing the rapid shrinkage.

The real mystery, though, is how a single storm has lasted hundreds of years.

Simon said NASA scientists have tried to recreate the storm in a computer using mathematical models. But even their best efforts weren't able to replicate the longevity of Jupiter's distinctive red spot.

By observing the storm as it shrinks, Simon thinks her team will learn a lot more about how weather works on our solar system's largest planet.


New art from BAD MAGIC

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BAD MAGIC comes out September 16. Until then, you can look at sneak peeks at the artwork done by Gilbert Ford.

We love Gilbert! We'll be posting some of his drawings. You can check out more about him on his website.


What is going on. An elevator ... A group - what's going on?!? We want to see more, Gilbert!

we sea this word and like it

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Wordnik Word of the Day for May 16, 2014




Nautical, a showery sprinkling of sea-water or fine spray swept from the tops of the waves by the violence of the wind in a tempest, and driven along before it, covering the surface of the sea; scud.


Spoondrift is the kind of thing you'd see at a tempestuous sea, as featured in BAD MAGIC. Look out!


theres a lot of buzz around zizz word

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Wordnik Word of the Day for May 15, 2014



A nap.

A buzzing or whizzing sound.


To combine both definitions, the zizz of bees could wake you from your zizz.

And if you like bees and naps, stay tuned for BAD MAGIC.

Some very exciting news.
The UK's leading children’s literacy charity, The National Literacy Trust, runs several fantastic campaigns and programmes to encourage children to read for pleasure.
Premier League Reading Stars is one of these programmes. Run in conjunction with the Premier League, it targets schools and libraries - often in more deprived areas – giving them access to special reading materials and content which aims to get children reading.
As part of the campaign many footballers (or soccer players as they are called in the states!) have taken part in an online challenge. They are recorded reading from selected titles then children must answer questions about the clip.
I’m very pleased to show you the below video of John O’Shea from Sunderland FC reading from The Name of this Book is Secret:
Thanks, @Literacy_Trust.

Alarming message

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We recently received this alarming missive:

Hello, Mr. Bosch.
    I just sent a letter to the M.S.
    What's that? You think that I'm being incredibly careless and idiotic?
    Very well, call an ally that. You'll regret it when that baseball doesn't miss and I have to take the bullet for you.
     I know the Secret.
     And I'm waiting for the next to come.
      Mr. Bosch, I know that September is not too long away (IT IS WHEN YOU'RE WAITING FOR A ESPECIALLY GOOD BOOK TO COME OUT), I felt I must have contacted you and tell you that I will give up my chocolate for just another look at what's gonna happen to Cass, Max-Ernest, and Yo-Yoji.
     As well as telling you that the Midnight Sun--
     I'm running right now, Mr. Bosch. Save yourself while you can! They know I'm contacting you!

     Now I'm in a crate. Hiding. I hope I don't get sent to a casino in Las Vegas.
       I need to tell you-- I was the one who took your Ultimate Chocolate Bar Recipe and I'm REALLY sorry! I also would like you to have the rest of my chocolate supply. DON'T LET MY BROTHER HAVE ANY.
        Mr. Bosch, please tell me you will reply… I have no other forms of entertainment in this crate, and my Wi-Fi is running out of ti--



And it was mysteriously (and accurately) signed: The Chess-loving Most Maddening Fan.

We're not at all certain why they would write to the Midnight Sun! We hope others learn from this lesson.

As for the book coming in September ... Wherever did you hear such BAD MAGIC?



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escapade Pronunciation\ESS-kuh-payd\ DEFINITION noun : a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct Fear not, Secret readers. More escapades coming soon.

moomin cafe - where you're never alone

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The Moomin cafe - based on the characters from the Moomin books - a favorite series with Team Bosch. Who wouldn't love these eccentric little animals.

And they're so kind! They won't let you be lonely.


“Guests to Moominhouse are welcomed by the Moomin family ... the oddly-named characters Sniff and Stinky are also available to share your table with.”

Secret Impostor visit to Pilgrim School

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Renee Montgomery at is our spy on the ground letting us know all about this Impostor appearance. Renee, we salute your dangerous reporting.




The Impostor has gone rogue!


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Wordnik Word of the Day for April 24, 2014




A riddle; specifically, a riddle formed by the arbitrary or confused mingling of parts or elements, which have to be recombined in proper order for the answer.

This word comes from the Greek 'logos,' word, plus 'griphos,' fishing basket, riddle.


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Cover and glorious illustrations by Gilbert Ford.


Sometimes it works best to hide in plain sight. Happy April Fool's Day!
See you in September!

we discovered this great word

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Wordnik Word of the Day for April 01, 2014




A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd.

A confused multitude of things.

To discover mare's nests; make absurd discoveries; imagine that one has made an important discovery which is really no discovery at all, or is a hoax.


Happy April Fool's Day!


exotic outpost-office

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Wordnik Word of the Day for March 21, 2014




A piece of mail matter which cannot be delivered, either because no post office exists at the place to which is it addressed, or because there is no place of the name mentioned in the designated State, Territory, or the like.


Team Bosch likes to put its secret lair in places where mail can't reach us - that's why it sometimes takes so long to respond to letters.

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