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Harry Houdini: Prince of Air (Treasure Chest Series #4)
     

Harry Houdini: Prince of Air (Treasure Chest Series #4)

by Ann Hood, Denis Zilber (Illustrator)
 

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The secrets of Elm Medona thicken . . . with Harry Houdini!

When Great-Uncle Thorne arrives at Elm Medona, Maisie and Felix's lives get shaken up again. Uncle Thorne moves the family into the mansion proper. One night, Great-Aunt Maisie arranges for Thorne, Maisie, and Felix to rendezvous with her in The Treasure Chest. Minutes later, Maisie and Felix find

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The secrets of Elm Medona thicken . . . with Harry Houdini!

When Great-Uncle Thorne arrives at Elm Medona, Maisie and Felix's lives get shaken up again. Uncle Thorne moves the family into the mansion proper. One night, Great-Aunt Maisie arranges for Thorne, Maisie, and Felix to rendezvous with her in The Treasure Chest. Minutes later, Maisie and Felix find themselves at a magic show on Coney Island in 1893 starring Harry Houdini. As they follow him and his brother Dash to Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and back to New York City, they wonder what has become of Great-Aunt Maisie and Great-Uncle Thorne. Then one evening at Tom Pastor's Famous 14th Street Theater, the curtain opens and all is revealed.

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Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Maisie Robbins and her twin brother Felix live in the old family mansion in Rhode Island, under the guardianship of their Great-Uncle Thorne and his Great-Aunt Maisie. For the twins, having the run of the ancient old house means finding out more about the Pickworth side of their family. The mansion's most interesting room is known as the Treasure Chest. It contains all sorts of artifacts, and it allows the twins to have the most interesting of all adventures—time travel. On the night of the school talent show, Maisie and Felix are caught in a disagreement between their elderly relatives over a pair of handcuffs. Suddenly, the younger twins find themselves standing at Coney Island, New York holding the handcuffs. They believe that the handcuffs from the Treasure Chest belong to Harry Houdini, so they set out to find him. Instead they meet a young fellow named Ehrich Weiss; they soon learn that he is the magician they are seeking. Maisie and Felix are soon hired to help him improve his English and accompany him to some carnival magic and freak shows. Returning the handcuffs from the Treasure Chest involves some important lessons about family and time travel. This series cleverly introduces young readers to significant events and people in history as well as lessons in growing up. At the end of the book is a biography of Harry Houdini; details in the adventure recreate turn-of-the-century New York. This is the fourth in "The Treasure Chest" series. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448454702
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Penguin Treasure Chest Series , #4
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
130,155
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Hood is the author of many books, including How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else), The Knitting Circle, Comfort, and The Red Thread. She also knits, wanders around museums, has cool glasses, loves the color pink (although she never wears it), and spends a lot of her time wishing she could time travel and meet famous people. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her family. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.

Denis Zilber lives in Israel.

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