A Spotlight for Harry

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Random House, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 104 pages
The story of young Harry Houdini, the world’s greatest escape artist!

Harry Weiss—later known by his stage name, Harry Houdini—and his brother, Dash, are enthralled when the circus comes to their Wisconsin town. Harry loves all the acts, but his favorites are the tightrope and the amazing trick where a man hangs from a rope with his teeth! Harry and Dash decide to try circus tricks in a nearby barn, and although Harry’s headstrong determination leads him and his brother into trouble, it also opens up a whole new world for him—a world of performance that later becomes his life’s passion.

In this evocative story, Eric Kimmel tells how Harry Houdini discovered his love for performing in a small Wisconsin town.

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A Spotlight for Harry tells the story of the early life of who we know as Houdini. You learn that Harry and his brother were fans of the circus, and that is what got them both started in doing circus ... Read full review


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When the circus comes, Harry, son of the town's rabbi, is transfixed by the tightrope walker, who tops the show by hanging from his teeth. The boy picks the lock on an old barn so he and his brother ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of several well-known children's books, including A Horn for Louis and A Picture for Marc, which was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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