Harry Houdini

Elizabeth MacLeod

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 into rivers in chains and survived in an airless coffin --- but driving a car made him nervous. He also starred in six Hollywood movies, some still available on video. This biography in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to the multitalented, mysterious and contradictory man behind the tricks, escapes and dangerous feats.

978-1-55337-770-2 | Sep 1, 2005
List Price: USD $6.95, CAD $7.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“[P]lenty of information to intrigue and even surprise readers.”
— School Library Journal, April 2006
“[R]eaders interested in Houdini and magic will be entertained and enlightened.”
— Booklist, October 2005
2007 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2007 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Winner

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