Houdini and Me

­Holiday House. Mar. 2021. 208p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780823445158.
Gr 3-7–Harry Mancini, an 11-year-old living in the New York City apartment once inhabited by Harry Houdini, and his friend venture to the railroad tracks one night to see if they can flatten a quarter on the rails. When Harry gets to close to the tracks, he’s knocked into a coma and wakes up to find himself the owner of a flip phone that can receive texts from the great Houdini. As Harry and Houdini text, Harry learns about how the magician pulled off his most famous tricks and a little about the nature of fame, fear, and hope. When Houdini suggests the two switch places, Harry must figure out exactly what has caused this contact from beyond the grave. With quick writing and dialogue and fun facts about Houdini, this is an enjoyable read, especially for those interested in Houdini’s life or magic.
VERDICT While it may not have the wider appeal of some of Gutman’s other titles, this is a charming story that can serve as a jumping-off point for further research into the life of the famed escape artist.

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