Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on October 7th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Middle Grade
Source: BEA - Book Expo
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Young Harry Houdini spends his days chaining himself to train tracks and teetering on wires high above the city with his two best friends, Arthur and Billie. But when Harry's friend and magical mentor, Herbie, disappears, the three friends band together, determined to rescue the beloved magician.
With nothing more than a mysterious puff of purple smoke, an ominous threat, and a menacing Bulgarian for evidence, Harry, Arthur, and Billie embark on a dangerously thrilling investigation that pushes their skill, and friendship, to the limits. But can Harry find Herbie before it's too late?
I’ve had this book on my shelf for some time and I am a big fan of magicians and Houdini. I was looking forward to read this book to not only introduce to my kids but to find a fun series for myself to read. This was a cute book but I found it to be a bit slow and some of the story seemed rather choppy to me. I found it easy to follow along but Harry got on my nerves a lot more than I would have wanted. He was a bit spontaneous and would dart off without telling his friends where he was going. Even when they had a great plan that would work perfectly he would find some way to ruin it but something about this story just seemed not put together. Maybe I was expecting a lot more magic or escapes. The beginning was very exciting but as I got to the middle of the book it kind of just fell off and it was a lot of running around. I did enjoy the idea of the story and the twists were cool but like I said something seemed missing.
I have every intention of reading the next book in this series, the end was a To Be Continued so I can’t wait to see what happens to Harry and his friends, they look like they are about to go on a wild ride. This book would be great for kids and adults might enjoy it. I did like this book I think it just felt like it was missing something that I am hoping will be in book #2 🙂
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