Tuesday, March 2, 2021

'Houdini and Me' by Dan Gutman released today

Today sees the release of Houdini and Me by award-winning children's author Dan Gutman.

Harry has always admired the famous escape artist Houdini. And when Houdini asks for help in coming back to life, it seems like an amazing chance...or could it be Houdini's greatest trick of all? 

Eleven-year-old Harry Mancini is NOT Harry Houdini--the famous escape artist who died in 1926. But Harry DOES live in Houdini's old New York City home, and he definitely knows everything there is to know about Houdini's life. What is he supposed to do, then, when someone starts texting him claiming that they're Houdini, communicating from beyond the grave? Respond, of course. 

It's hard for Harry to believe that Houdini is really contacting him, but this Houdini texts the secrets to all of the escape tricks the dead Houdini used to do. What's more, Houdini's offering Harry a chance to go back in time and experience it for himself. Should Harry ignore what must be a hoax? Or should he give it a try and take Houdini up on this death-defying offer? 

This is actually Gutman's second time using Houdini in one of his works. Houdini appears in his 2012 book Ray & Me which features a similar time-travel premise.

Below is a fun promotional video from publisher Holiday House featuring the author in New York.

Purchase Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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