The Entertainer and the Dybbuk

The Entertainer and the Dybbuk

by Sid Fleischman
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The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman

"Why am I talking to you?" he asked aloud.

"I don't believe in ghosts."

"You want to know the truth," replied the dybbuk,

"Neither do I. But here I am."

Avrom Amos likes to crack jokes. He loves the spotlight. And if he wants something, he knows how to get it. He's just like any other boy, except for one thing: He's a ghost—a dybbuk. During World War Two he'd been murdered by the Nazis, right after he saved the life of a young ventriloquist named Freddie.

Freddie doesn't know it yet, but he's about to return the favor. Because the dybbuk wants revenge, and he knows exactly how to get it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061771408
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 505,912
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sid Fleischman 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 wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.

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Entertainer And The Dybbuk (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
David_Acevedo More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read.Sid Fleisghman has done it again.I have read another book by him called "The Whipping Boy".He hasn't failed me yet.The book is about a ventriloquist, The Great Freddie, stumbles upon a dybbuk.A what you might ask?.A dybbuk is a Jewish spirit that glows as if struck with moonlight. The dybbuk turns out to be Avrom Amos. Avrom was killed during World War 2.He possesses The Great Freddie as part of his diabolical scheme to avenge the guy that killed him as well as other Jewish kids like his sister.You have to read the book to see what happens in the end. I recommend all of my friends to read this book as well as adults.This is a unique book.I love that this was different than most books.You don't see books about a dybbuk.I like the plot of the story too.Who would think to write a book about a dybbuk.What made the author want to write a book about a dybbuk anyways.I would like to read "The 13th Floor".It sounds interesting just by reading the title.I would also like to read "The Scarebird".It looks like the book is about a scarecrow because a scarecrow scares away crows which are birds.I know you will like the book.Enjoy.
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TYMAXMOM More than 1 year ago
My son really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Austin Feltrinelli 11/12/09 The book that I read was called The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. The author of this book is the Newbery Medalist Sid Fleisghman. The genre of The Entertainer and the Dybbuk is more along the lines of historical fiction. Like many other readers I also enjoyed The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. Another book review about this story that I found interesting stated that "there's nothing "usual" about this little book. Like so many things in life the story contains mystery, beauty, enchantment, and horror". This was a great analogue of The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. The Entertainer and the Dybbuk is a great story about a Jewish boy who was killed in the Holocaust and how he now seeks vengeance on the German SS Officer who has killed his sister and himself. The Jewish boy has become a dybbuk in his afterlife and has pocessed an American ventriloquist to get revenge on the German Officer and meanwhile helping the ventriloquist with his act to become famous. The main characters of this story are Avrom Amos the dybbuk, Freddie the ventriloquist, and Officer Gerhard Junker-Strupp the German SS Officer. The main setting of The Entertainer and the Dybbuk takes place in Paris. This is where Freddie has many of his shows and where he lives. I thought that this was a great book and that kids of all ages should read it. The Entertainer and the Dybbuk is a perfect book for someone who likes a good mystery but with somewhat of a scary twist. This is a great historical fiction story that has a good-feeling storyline and ending. Everyone should go out and get themselves a copy of The Entertainer and the Dybbuk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an enterainer gets a 2nd soil and get a new act and becumes famuse. i tought it was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got this book at the school library becasue we had to pick out a book from a time period... this book talks about the is sad and funny!! it talks about a boy form the halocaust and him perfroming with a dummy! i reccommend this book to anyone who has learned about the halocaust... the first couple of chapters are not AS exciting but important !!! so read