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This is the second book in the Secret series. The book is written in the same fun style where the author is talking to you.  The book starts by giving you some insight into what the bad guys are doing.  Then it resumes with Cass and Max Ernest.  They find a magical object that draws them deeper into the mysterious society.  Once again they are following clues, this time to find the source of evil.   They are only beginning to discover how they...

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