Illus. in black-and-white. Super-sleuths Herman "Houdini" Foster and his cousin, Janet Perry, discover a mystery at school, and cards are not the only things to vanish. Has Houdini's skill in making things disappear transferred to the classroom pet? Instructions for the "Wacky Jacks" card trick are included.
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Gr. 1-3. One of the most prolific writers around, Adler keeps churning out his popular early-grade mysteries with amazing speed. In this second chapter book adventure for the Houdini Club, Herman "Houdini" Foster, an aspiring magician, is called upon to solve the mysterious disappearance of Alfred, the classroom's pet hamster. Sufficient clues are given to support the conclusion, and veteran mystery readers may even be able to discern the thief's identity before Houdini reveals it in the dramatic finale. But the real appeal of the book lies in the magic trick Houdini performs in the opening scene. Children will be at least as anxious to find out how it's done as they will be to learn who made off with Alfred. They won't be disappointed. Step-by-step instructions from Bob Friedhoffer, the magician who created the trick, are given at the end of the book. Lauren PetersonFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-4?Herman Foster (a.k.a. Houdini) and friends, first introduced in Onion Sundaes (Random, 1994), are back with more magic and mystery. Janet, Houdini's cousin, narrates this fast-paced, easy-to-read story. The boy magician performs his Wacky Jacks card trick and amazes his peers and teachers. He promises to show the Houdini Club members how it's done, but something more serious transpires?Alfred, the class hamster, disappears. Thanks to some clever thinking, Houdini discovers what happened to Alfred and rescues him. With its numerous black-and-white illustrations and simple text and sentence structure, this title will appeal to reluctant readers. Detailed instructions for the card trick are included at the end.?Lesley McKinstry, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, OH
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Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0679946969
Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0679946969