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Harry Houdini: A Magical Life

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Harry Houdini is still the world's most famous magician --- thanks to his inventive tricks, death-defying stunts and incredible talent for publicity. He claimed he could escape from anything! The immigrant son of a rabbi, Harry overcame grueling poverty to become a one-man phenomenon, wowing audiences around the world.

Harry happily hung upside down from skyscrapers, leapt
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Kids Can Press (first published August 10th 2005)
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Ashley Polansky
Title: Harry Houdini
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrator: John Mantha
Genre: Biography (K-2, this book is for 2nd grade)
Theme(s): family, success, dreams, love, tragedy
Opening line/sentence: Who could make an elephant disappear?
Brief Book Summary: This biography is about Harry Houdini, a famous magician. He grew up very poor and moving a lot, and one day decided to run away. He became a hugely successful magician and played shows all around the world. He fell in love with Bess who became his wif
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Title: Harry Houdini: A Magical Life
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod
Genre: Biography, grade 3-5
Theme(s): Magic, tough times, persistence

Opening line/sentence:
Have you ever been dazzled by a magic show?

Brief Book Summary:
The books tells of the life of Harry Houdini, a man who taught himself magic, persister through hard times, and became a famous magician who broke many boundaries in the musical world.

Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2005 (Vol. 73,
The life and career of the world’s most famous escape artist are detailed in this slim but fact-packed voume. Engrossing text moves smoothly and is presented in a graphically-appealing format alongside intriguing photographs of Houdini on and off stage. Publicity posters of the day and quotes from the magician himself add interest. A timeline of Houdini’s life, an index, and a list of Houdini museums are included. This look at a fascinating man is a first-purchase for elementary and middle schoo ...more
Robyn Crystal Larsen
mmm...didn't realized Harry Houdini died the way he did...did you?
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fall-2-grade
I like it since Houdini is good at getting out of stuff and he did a show at the Majestic Theater in Detroit where I live.
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Elizabeth MacLeod was born on October 21 in Toronto. As a child Liz liked to read Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables books, swim, sing, dance, and hang out with her friends. Encouraged by her parents, she began writing stories and poetry for her own enjoyment at the age of 10, her favorite subjects being mad scientists and tyrants who threatened to take over the world.

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