While Houdini writes about his life with his friends starting a leaf raking business, befriending a war vet and trying to get even with the school bully, Angel, he realizes some things are hard write about, much less think about. How do you write about the pain of your brother, Franklin, missing in Iraq or the possibility of your father losing his job?
When Houdini has to think about his friends and family, he gets to know them in deep and touching ways. Author, Peter Johnson, effectively captures the authentic male middle school voice in a stirring story mixed with just the right amount of humor.
If you don't believe in magic, you will after reading The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini. Highly Recommended ages 8 and up, but will especially appeal to the upper middle grade ages of 10-14.
- Publisher: Harper Collins (January 24, 2012)
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- ISBN-10: 0061988901, ISBN-13: 978-0061988905
**Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher at no charge for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion about the book.