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The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini by Peter     Johnson
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Apr 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, juvenile-fiction, realistic
Read in April, 2012

John Smith (dubbed Houdini due to his obsession with the magician) is inspired to write his own novel after an author visits his school. He is the best writer in his class and feels he is better equipped to write about kids than a grown-up pretending to be a kid. Additionally, Houdini has plenty of real life fodder for his own novel; a brother serving in Iraq, a father on the brink of loosing his job, a bully, and two best friends who have plenty of their own issues to spice things up.


Alternately affecting and hilarious. This realistic glimpse into the lives of middle-school boys will surely work its own magic upon readers.
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