Right now there is a sick kid upstairs, reading and coughing. And laughing, in between coughs. "Mom, this book is hilarious!" he manages to squeak out, somewhat breathlessly. When I ask what the book is, I'm told, "This Book is Not Good For You," which doesn't sound like a promising read when you are ill. The plot summary includes something about adventure, chocolate, and kidnapping. And a narrator who writes himself into the story, sometimes even falling asleep for pages at a time.
If this sounds intriguing, pick up the first book in the series, "The Name of this Book is Secret," by Pseudonymous Bosch, a super-secret book that features "two intrepid kids [who] uncover a mysterious society bent on immortality, which gets them in and out of all manner of trouble." (Booklist) There are currently three books in the series, and they are sure to appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket.