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The Seance by Iain Lawrence
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Mar 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mysteries, ya-juvenile
Read in January, 2009

Another juvenile, picked off the new books rack in the library. In an unnamed city in 1926, Scooter King, thirteen, goes to school and works hard to assist his mother, a professional medium. And then one day he stumbles into a much larger-scale and dangerous fraud - and also meets Harry Houdini, who is both fascinating (stage magician, escape artist) and alarming (also bent on exposing spiritualist frauds). It has lots of detail about spiritualist fakery, and portrays 1920s culture accurately as far as I can tell. (Scooter knows a few of the popular slang terms of the day, but one character he meets talks so much slang he can't understand her!) Lawrence is an impressive writer overall, and in the end serves up an escape entirely worthy of Houdini!
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