Here's a rundown of all the books with translations of their titles and plots. I've attempted to clean up these auto translations from Amazon, but they still might read a little odd.
The Chronicles of Young Houdini 1: The Street Magician (2009)
The Chronicles of Young Houdini 2: Circus Dement (2009)
At 14, Harry Houdini is engaged in a traveling circus where he meets Rizzo, a fallen magician who now plays a clown, and plots to bring about the collapse of anyone more successful than he. The troupe of colorful, if not downright strange, characters, travel from city and city and struggle to solve the mysteries that threaten the their "greatest show on earth". Never far from his friends Ed and Lucy, who also work in the circus, Harry develops more and more as an extraordinary magician and he and his friends attempt to uncover the real culprit of the vile attacks and sabotage that plague the circus. But the evil clown does not intend to be overcome so easily ...
The Chronicles of Young Houdini 3: Aboard Noctambuie (2009)
The Chronicles of Young Houdini 4: The Sioux Shaman (2009)
After several weeks at sea, Harry Houdini is back in America where he decides to find his family with his two inseparable friends. Once back in Appleton, Wisconsin, the young magician sees one of his brothers fall seriously ill, and learns that only a famous Wild West Sioux shaman would know the remedy for his ills. Without hesitation, Harry, Ed and Lucy join a caravan that will lead them to this enigmatic Indian sorcerer. But the journey is not easy: famine, storms and disturbing creatures are waiting for them, not to mention Redskins and members of the Ku Klux Klan. Will Harry's magic help ease the rifts between the men who cross his path?
The Chronicles of Young Houdini 5: In the Land of Leprechauns (2010)
Just as he learns to read, Ed Ryan, the best friend of the young Harry Houdini, sees in a newspaper a photo of his father with with a disturbing description: "Irish Revolutionary arrested." Ed decides to come to the aid of his father, who is imprisoned in the Tower of London, relaying on the help of his beloved Lucy and his young sidekick known as being "the master of evasion." But once in the Old World, all attention turns to a serial killer dubbed "Jack the Ripper" that plagues the streets of London, and soon the trio are apprehended by strange elves in the land of leprechauns. What fate do the elves have for their detention, and what surprises does the Ripper have ready for Harry and his friends?
The Chronicles of Young Houdini can be purchased at Amazon's French, Canadian, UK, and U.S. websites. (I had my best results at the Canadian site.)
Of course, I would really love to see these books translated into English. I wonder if there's any publisher out there willing to bring the adventures of Young Houdini to America?
Whew, that fifth one throws in everything but the kitchen sink: the IRA, Jack the Ripper and leprechauns. Cool!ReplyDelete
I just received the first two from Amazon.ca. Really nicely done mass market paperbacks. Great cover art with embossed text. Man, I wish I could read these! There also appears to be some kind of a Robert-Houdin series advertised in the back.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for yours comments. I am the writer!ReplyDelete
I would like too being translate. Ask the editor!
Thank you for stopping by, Denis. Show this post to your editor and show him the books have fans in America. I'd think Disney's Hyperion Books for Children would be the perfect U.S. publisher for these.Delete