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Houdini: The Life of the Great Escape Artist
Houdini: The Life of the Great Escape Artist
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Houdini: The Life of the Great Escape Artist

Harry Houdini never met a lock he didn’t like. Handcuffs, leg irons, and thumbscrews were child’s play for the world’s greatest escape artist. During his stunning career he invented some of the most mind-boggling escapes of all time. Join Houdini as he attempts his most dangerous stunts and unlock the secrets of the illusionist’s lasting legacy.

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN680L
ATOS Level4.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #141608
Early Intervention Level27
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Kat Kan

"This entry in the new American Graphic series discusses Houdini’s progress from his time in a circus to becoming a wealthy stage performer, framed by the portrayal of one of his most famous stunts, the escape from the “Water Torture Cell.” Biskup does not explain how Houdini managed to perform any of his escape stunts, so readers become part of Houdini’s audience rather than getting a backstage view of things. A two-page spread shows some of his successful feats, escaping from a sealed milk can, a locked glass box, and even a giant football. Kinsella uses sepia tones with soft blues and greens to illustrate the book; readers will appreciate the details on the locks and various containers. The book includes a glossary, an index, an account of Houdini’s death, a few photographs, and a brief list of books for further reading. Libraries that need more solid nonfiction graphic material will find this fine account of the great escape artist useful." - Booklist

March 15, 2011

Agnieszka Biskup

Agnieszka Biskup

Agnieszka Biskup is a science writer and editor based in Chicago. She is a former editor for the science section of the Boston Globe as well as the children's science magazine Muse. In addition to children's books, she has also written many articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Her books have received awards from Learning magazine, the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Society of School Librarians International. Her book Football: How It Works (Capstone Press, 2010) was a Junior Library Guild selection.

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