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  • kgbradshaw
    kgbradshaw's book review was featured in Houdini and Me.
    I will admit, I did have my own doubts when I began to read Houdini and Me. Our protagonist, 11 year old Harry Mancini, was born and raised in the home that Harry Houdini himself lived in for the last twenty something years of his extraordinary life. Like most 11 year olds, Harry copes with typical struggles of tweens: not being given a phone, too much homework, friend drama, and the looming fact that Harry Houdini wants to switch places with Harry Mancini for the rest of eternity. Harry Mancini and his best friend Zeke decide to one day test out whether placing a penny on a train rail would flatten the penny or derail the train (Spoiler alert: It flattens the penny). Harry, after placing the money on the train rail, gets his shoelace stuck in the train rail and barely avoids being crushed by the train. However, Harry also sustains a concussion on the way down and falls into a week long coma. When he wakes, Mancini discovers that someone has sent him a flip phone as a get well gift, and Harry is less than thrilled. But all of his feelings swap when he begins to receive texts from someone; they claim to be Harry Houdini communicating from the dead. Harry Mancini enjoys his nightly text exchanges with Houdini until the latter Harry suggests that both of them switch places for one hour. Harry Mancini complies, and afterwards Houdini suggests that they do the switch once again, but they will both never return to their original form. The story ends in an amazing plot twist with Mancini waking up from another week long coma, only to find a flip phone inside a get well present. I enjoyed reading this book, and would really love to learn about what being stuck in this time loop means for both Harrys. A true page turner, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrills and mysteries.
    2 months ago
  • kgbradshaw
    kgbradshaw added a book review.
    I will admit, I did have my own doubts when I began to read Houdini and Me. Our protagonist, 11 year old Harry Mancini, was born and raised in the home that Harry Houdini himself lived in for the last twenty something years of his extraordinary life. Like most 11 year olds, Harry copes with typical struggles of tweens: not being given a phone, too much homework, friend drama, and the looming fact that Harry Houdini wants to switch places with Harry Mancini for the rest of eternity. Harry Mancini and his best friend Zeke decide to one day test out whether placing a penny on a train rail would flatten the penny or derail the train (Spoiler alert: It flattens the penny). Harry, after placing the money on the train rail, gets his shoelace stuck in the train rail and barely avoids being crushed by the train. However, Harry also sustains a concussion on the way down and falls into a week long coma. When he wakes, Mancini discovers that someone has sent him a flip phone as a get well gift, and Harry is less than thrilled. But all of his feelings swap when he begins to receive texts from someone; they claim to be Harry Houdini communicating from the dead. Harry Mancini enjoys his nightly text exchanges with Houdini until the latter Harry suggests that both of them switch places for one hour. Harry Mancini complies, and afterwards Houdini suggests that they do the switch once again, but they will both never return to their original form. The story ends in an amazing plot twist with Mancini waking up from another week long coma, only to find a flip phone inside a get well present. I enjoyed reading this book, and would really love to learn about what being stuck in this time loop means for both Harrys. A true page turner, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrills and mysteries.
    2 months ago
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  • callie_b
    callie_b's book review was featured in Houdini and Me.
    Have you ever heard of Harry Houdini, the most famous magician and escape artist ever? 11-year-old boy Harry Mancini has always been fascinated with Houdini's life and tricks, especially because he lives in the same home that Houdini lived in New York City, and even his name sounds like Houdini's! But Harry Mancini never thought he would ever communicate with Houdini, especially because Houdini died in the 1920s... After Harry Mancini wakes up from a coma following an accident near the train tracks, he finds a mysterious box amidst the towers of flowers and candy, and it holds an old flip phone that doesn't even seem to work. But when Harry Mancini gets home that night, it begins to buzz and he gets a text from Harry Houdini himself! He doesn't believe it until Houdini offers to perform his most mind-boggling act, Metamorphisis-- but between Harry Mancini and Houdini! He wants to attempt his biggest trick ever-- to switch bodies from the dead! This book was so entertaining and I couldn't stop reading! If you're curious about how Houdini did some of his most puzzling tricks, you should definitely read this book! I personally have always been super interested in Houdini and have even read some other books about him, but I still learned new things about Houdini from this book! I had no idea what was going to happen next and it kept me turning the pages into suspense and a crazy plot twist! I would recommend this book to ages 10+!
    3 months ago
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    callie_b added a book review.
    Have you ever heard of Harry Houdini, the most famous magician and escape artist ever? 11-year-old boy Harry Mancini has always been fascinated with Houdini's life and tricks, especially because he lives in the same home that Houdini lived in New York City, and even his name sounds like Houdini's! But Harry Mancini never thought he would ever communicate with Houdini, especially because Houdini died in the 1920s... After Harry Mancini wakes up from a coma following an accident near the train tracks, he finds a mysterious box amidst the towers of flowers and candy, and it holds an old flip phone that doesn't even seem to work. But when Harry Mancini gets home that night, it begins to buzz and he gets a text from Harry Houdini himself! He doesn't believe it until Houdini offers to perform his most mind-boggling act, Metamorphisis-- but between Harry Mancini and Houdini! He wants to attempt his biggest trick ever-- to switch bodies from the dead! This book was so entertaining and I couldn't stop reading! If you're curious about how Houdini did some of his most puzzling tricks, you should definitely read this book! I personally have always been super interested in Houdini and have even read some other books about him, but I still learned new things about Houdini from this book! I had no idea what was going to happen next and it kept me turning the pages into suspense and a crazy plot twist! I would recommend this book to ages 10+!
    3 months ago
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    good job
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    callie_bliked a comment in National Geographic Kids Book Club.
    Hello! So, I'm turning a comic I wrote as a child into a novel, and here's a preview: "Ralph took a deep breath, then closed his eyes, but only for a moment. He then thrust his arms into the air and yelled, “Urgon!”. When he opened his eyes again, Rudy noticed something. Something upsetting. Something peculiar. Something like she’d never seen before in her entire time on this planet. Ralph's eyes had changed. Where his iris and pupil once were, was a horizontal line. Like a frogs’ eye, only it belonged to a human. Rudy was astonished. She could not believe what she was seeing. She let out a gasp, that was louder than she intended it to be. Ralph heard her and let out a small grunt. He put his hand up to his ear. Rudy covered her mouth with her hands. Her heart was pounding inside her chest. Beating 100 miles per hour. Buh-boom. Buh-boom. Buh-boom. Rudy’s instincts were telling her to do one thing. It was to get out of there. And fast." Any feedback?
    3 months ago
  • callie_b
    callie_bliked a comment in National Geographic Kids Book Club.
    Hey guys I am new here and I have some amazing book recommendations for kids 12+ first of all you could read any book by Jennifer A. Nielsen and be on the edge of your chair the entire time but these are 10 of my all time favorite books 1. False prince (the series is called Ascendance trilogy) 2. The book thief (By the end of this book i was bawling my eyes out 😭) 3. Seeds of America (this book sounds boring but it is not) 4. Mark of the thief (the main character is the bravest Teenage boy ever 5. Harry potter series(especially the last book) 6. The maze runner (i have no words🤩) 7. Eragon (OMG I cant even describe how good this book is) 8. 39 clues (this book series had my mouth hanging open on the plot twists(^○^)) 9. The IQ series(If you like secret service books read this) 10. The darkest powers trilogy(surprise around every corner) If you have read or will read any of the above books please follow me I am competing against my sister to see who can get more followers.
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