Harry Houdini

The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

By Janice Weaver; Chris Lane (Illustrator)
(Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781419700149, 48pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Description

This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts—including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life.

Readers will learn all about Houdini’s unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. The book details his career as an escape artist and explains how he evolved into the “King of Handcuffs” on the vaudeville circuit and became an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Filled with little-known facts, this is the perfect book for readers interested in magic and the history of Houdini.

The book includes a bibliography and index.




About the Author
Janice Weaver is the author of several previous works of nonfiction for young people. Her first two books, Building America and "From Head to Toe," were both named Notable Books by the International Reading Association. "From Head to Toe" was also nominated for both the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the Ontario Library Association's Red Maple Award. She lives in Toronto.

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