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Every kid has heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail cells, and locked trunks. But do they know that the ever-ambitious and adventurous Houdini was also a famous movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia? This well-told biography is full of the details of Houdini's life that kids will really want to know about and illustrated throughout with beautiful black-and-white line drawings.

Illustrated by John O'Brien.

Hardcover, 105 pages
Published on July 22, 2002 by Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN-10: 0448426870
ISBN-13: 9780448426877
7 Book Reviews
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  • pizzagirl7
    pizzagirl7Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:32 am55 stars
    when Harry was a kid he ran away at 12 so he could try to make money for his mom . I bet she never knew he would be so popular, or how much money he would make!. Harry went through a lot of different acts in his life. He did tons of dangerous acts. When Harry got to be older a war broke out . But he was too old to join the army . So he wanted to do his shows to raise money for the army . But during this time his mother died . This got Harry very sad. Harry was also getting pretty old and tired and stressed because Beth ( his wife ) had food poisoning. One day before a show a reporter was talking to him . ( but he wasn't really listening ) when he asked him if someone punched him would be really not be hurt. Then he said could be punch harry. Harry said yes because he wasn't listening and since he wasn't listening he didn't have time to get ready . Harry ended up getting very hurt . But still be performed his act. But in the middle of the show he collapsed on stage. He was brought to the hospital and it turned the guy who punched him ,accidentally ruptured his appendix which was very dangerous. The doctors removed it but they still knew that he would die from such a bad injury . I LOVED this book it was one of my favorites . I recommend it to all ages and I rate it 5/ 5 stars! - Pizzagirl7đź’‹
    • kyle414
      kyle414Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:19 am55 stars
      This book is about a magician who did magic tricks and break free from handcuffs and jail cells. He also was a movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia. This reminds me of when I was five and went to magician and watched a lot of tricks. I would gives this a 5 out of 5 because I really liked this my favourite moment in this book is when Harry was locked in hand cuffs and chains around his legs and he had to escape while being underwater.
      • will_huffman916
        will_huffman916Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:26 am55 stars
        This book is about Harry Houdini. He was a magician who could escape from almost anything. He was also a famous movie star. This was a very good book. I would give it five stars because it helped me learn so much more about Harry Houdini and his life.
        • booklover20
          booklover20Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:46 am33 stars
          This book tells readers a lot of interesting facts about Harry Houdini. He was the greatest magician in history. However, it was an easy journey to stardom. Read this book to learn more about him and his incredible life.
          • ashaWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:24 am
            best book ever
            • trollololololMonday, July 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm
              i want to read it
              • bwojoSunday, June 2, 2013 at 11:46 am
                this book is awesome so many things u have 2 read it

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