Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

by Sid Fleischman
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Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

How did he walk through walls, escape drowning, and shatter iron chains that were tightly wrapped around him?

The rare photos in this book might help you figure it out. So might the exclusive update about the rumor that Houdini was poisoned. But just remember, a true magician never reveals his tricks. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060850968
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 217
Sales rank: 58,449
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

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.

Taylor Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., and one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is the author of two books of poetry, What Learning Leaves and The Last Time as We Are, and four CDs of spoken word. He has appeared on the first two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and won the jury prize for best one-man show at the United States Comedy Arts Festival. A passionate advocate of teachers, he travels the country recruiting the next generation of teachers with his 1,000 Teachers Campaign. Taylor lives in New York.

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Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry Houdini, a.k.a. Ehlric Weiss, was a master magician. From his clever tricks, to his mind-blowing stunts, Houdini¿s name was embossed into every cover of modern books of magic. The elegantly woven tale of Escape! by Sid Fleischman, told the facts, good and bad, about the mind-blowing magician and King of the Cards, Harry Houdini. Many magicians liked to be called Professor, since it gave off some high class status. The fast paced book told every detail about his life, and helped inspire others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I thought it was fascinating and enthralling! Although Fleischman never tells you how Houdini was able to walk through walls, escape any prison he was put in, or make an elephant disappear, I was still captivated by the story of how Ehrich Weiss became the Great Houdini.
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3tzmom More than 1 year ago
This book is a choice on my son's summer reading list. As a mom and an English teacher, I can't imagine a 7th grader trying to follow this book without help. The writing style is very confusing and overdone. It's like the Author sat down with a Thesaurus to pick the most flowery over the top words for each sentence. Some of the facts are interesting and so are the pictures, but still very boring book. Last year, he read the Great Fire and it was well written and very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10-Year-Old_Turtle_Fan More than 1 year ago
This confusing story is all about the exciting life of Harry Houdini. We follow Harry from his birth, to his rags-to-riches life. We learn about his marriage with Bess, who was only 18 at the time. We also learn about his death on Halloween in1926, and how it happened. The story is told with many pages of pictures with detailed captions, a glossary and much more. This story is filled with dozens of Harry Houdini's many tricks that fascinated many people around the world. To be honest, I tried to make this sound as boring as possible, because that's exactly what it was when I read it. I barely understood it at all. I only knew the basic thing that was going on in each chapter. It was filled with many confusing words that no 4th -6th grader would ever know what the meaning was in a million years. I hated it and found myself dreading the point when I had to read it. I tried reading it 2 times before but had to abandon it because I was bored out of my mind. I can't believe that this book was chosen out of all the wonderful books in this world besides this one. I mean, COME ON! I was sad because Harry Houdini's life is actually interesting, but not in this book. I would recommend people to not read this book and wish people not to waste their money or time on this book. Frankly, it stinks. I was deeply surprised and will never read one of his books again. How Sid Fleishman won the Newberry medal with another one of his books I don't know. It's flabbergasting. I'd rather rate this book a zero that to give it a one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by Sid Fleischman, a magician who was inspired by Harry Houdini, this book gives a perspective that a person not involved in the world of magic could not. Not only does Fleischman know how Houdini did his tricks, 'no, he does not reveal any of the secrets!' he uses metaphors related to magic. Words like 'illusion,' 'bedazzled,' and 'bamboozled' appear throughout the novel. The information about Houdini makes him seem human, a trait not often connected to this trickster. Escape! provides an informative look at Ehrich Weiss' 'Houdini's' life, a background of his family, and pictures to give a visual of what Houdini was all about. Because Fleischman was such a big fan of Houdini, he has done a lifetime of research about him. Overall, this book is a fun and intriguing read about a fun and intriguing person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are into magic and magic tricks Escape is perfect for you.This book tells all about Hudini's life and the tricks he did.Sid actully has real photos of Hudini in the book that he got from one of Hudini's family members.The best part is when the book tells how Hudini started magic.Have fun reading the rest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sid Fleischman Escape Review Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini, a magician¿s tale conjured from a magician¿s top hat, is a showman¿s spirited triumph. Sid Fleischman, himself a magician as documented in The Abracadabra Kid, fills each page with enchanting insights not possible by writers outside the magic circle. Beyond that, the reader of both Fleischman books will soon discover many similarities between the author and his subject. Both Jews, both taken up by the magician¿s wand at an early age, both showmen, both devoted to lifelong sweethearts, and both eager to extend a hand to those just coming up the pike. No wonder Fleischmen had to write this book. In addition to facts and figures found in traditional tellings, Fleischman reveals absurdities of the magic trade in the same way that the Great Houdini did at the turn of the last century. Though an illusionist to the very end, Houdini grew to loathe spiritualists who preyed on the grieving relatives of young men lost in WWI and went to considerable lengths to expose them. Fleischman continues the debunking. Through the vagabond subject¿s experiences, the author deftly slips the history of the era¿WWI, the advent of movies, the demise of vaudeville¿into every chapter. Comparing the value of dollars then and now Fleischman gives the reader a strong sense of both history and economics. Inflation is no illusion. Literary allusions and theatrical terms abound in context, without confusing the unfamiliar reader. Fleischman¿s trademark promotion of reading slides in unexpectedly as he shows time and again how much this grammar school dropout relied on his books to improve upon his language, his image, his birthdate, and his country of origin and to sharpen his trade skills and to build his 5,000-book collection. The book is peppered with historic photographs, some from the author¿s own collection (he knew Mrs. Houdini), with captions that are a great read unto themselves. Yet Fleischman is no flim-flam man. When he discovers conflicting information, he explains that to the reader, allowing a rare look over the author¿s shoulder. The vocabulary is far from simplified, but the fast pace and clear language make it a winner for all ages. Safe for reading aloud in public classrooms and at home. The slim volume is easy to hold and there is ample space between the lines, making it an easy-on-the-eyes read. As well as being a great story well told, this is a brilliant example of a research paper. Though filled with anecdotes from the author¿s own magical experiences, references are made throughout the book to the many other sources he used¿letters, diaries, handbills, and, of course, other people¿s books. The bibliography is chock full of personal annotations. Want to know about Chinese water torture, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or Machpelah Cemetery in Queens? Well, the index will send you to the right page for a magnified view. Whether starting with the pictures, the index, or the text, the reader can expect to learn a great deal during a fast-paced and satisfying read. Escape! into this highly recommended book.