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Who Was Harry Houdini? (Who Was...?)by Tui Sutherland
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This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifactsandmdash;including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdiniandrsquo;s own stage propsandmdash;to bring the story of the worldandrsquo;s greatest escape artist to life.
Readers will learn all about Houdiniandrsquo;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 andldquo;King of Handcuffsandrdquo; 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.
Praise for Harry Houdini
andquot;andhellip;a beautifully illustrated biography of this most fascinating manandhellip;With entertaining sidebars on metamorphosis tricks and dime bars, Harry Houdini is sure to enchant aspiring magicians, offbeat history buffs and anyone who, in our own straitened times, appreciates a good rag-to-riches taleandquot;
andmdash;New York Times
andquot;Period photographs from newspapers, personal collections, advertising flyers, and other sources alternate with full-page color artwork to create a rich, engaging tableau. While there are several excellent biographies of Houdini available...this one is a solid addition.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;A well-rounded addition to the childrenandrsquo;s bookshelf about the multifaceted man.andquot;
2012 Orbis Pictus Recommended book
2012 Norman A. Sugarman Childrenandrsquo;s Biography Award andndash; Honor book
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About the Author
Tui Sutherland lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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