Escape! by Sid Fleischman audiobook

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

By Sid Fleischman
Read by Taylor Mali and Sid Fleischman

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Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, never did anything by half measure. Once he decided to become a magician, he became the King of Cards, the Prince of Air, the Genius of Escape, and Professor H. Houdini. And why not? He could walk through walls, defeat any lock, make elephants disappear with the snap of his fingers, and pick up needles with his eyelids!  Or could he? Fact or fiction? Legend or liar? We will never know for sure. But here in all its riveting glory is Sid Fleischman's witty and insightful biography of magic's greatest showman, daredevil, and escape artist ever—the Great Houdini!

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Summary

Summary

A 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book for Nonfiction

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Publishers Weekly Best Book

A School Library Journal Best Book

Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, never did anything by half measure. Once he decided to become a magician, he became the King of Cards, the Prince of Air, the Genius of Escape, and Professor H. Houdini. And why not? He could walk through walls, defeat any lock, make elephants disappear with the snap of his fingers, and pick up needles with his eyelids! 

Or could he? Fact or fiction? Legend or liar? We will never know for sure. But here in all its riveting glory is Sid Fleischman's witty and insightful biography of magic's greatest showman, daredevil, and escape artist ever—the Great Houdini!

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An accessible, witty, and fascinating ride.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“What do you get when you put two prestidigitators, one a spellbinding escape artist, the other a magician with words, into a black hat and wave the wand? Abracadabra—a feat that’s pure magic.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Fleischman looks at Houdini’s life through his own eyes, as a fellow magician. Guarding the secrets, yet entertaining readers, he tells the rags-to-rags story of a poor Jewish boy named Ehrich Weiss, who longed to be like his idol, French magician Robert-Houdin…Fleischman’s tone is lively and he develops a relationship with readers by revealing just enough truth behind Houdini’s razzle-dazzle to keep the legend alive…Engaging and fascinating.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“In this breezy biography, Newbery medalist Fleischman, himself a former magician, pays homage to Harry Houdini—the man and the myth…A now aged and raspy-voiced Fleischman reads the preface and last chapter, bookending an engaging narrative.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“As a child magician, Fleischman thrilled at spending time with Bess Houdini, wife of the great escape artist. These early experiences gave him admiration, curiosity, and insider information about his subject. As author, Fleischman, like narrator Taylor Mali and Houdini himself, grows more excited when the magician’s career takes off. Though he won’t reveal any magic secrets, Fleischman’s writing fascinates listeners with vivid pictures. Mali adds his own magic, especially a fine sense of timing. Like the showman himself, Mali fascinates with renditions of Houdini’s jail breaks and straight-jacket escapes. He expertly relates the mysteries of a man who still intrigues the world.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Sid Fleischman

Author Bio: Sid Fleischman

Sid Fleischman (1920–2010) wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 3.49
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English