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Booklist: Harry Houdini: Illusionist

Hurry Up, Houdini! (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #22)
by Mary Pope Osborne (5-8)
Beloved time-travelers Jack and Annie explore Coney Island on behalf of Merlin in search of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini. Fiction.

Teeny Houdini #1: The Disappearing ACT
by Katrina Moore and Zoe Si (5-8)
Bessie might be small but she’s ready to shine by sharing magic tricks in an upcoming school talent show. Fiction.

Harry Houdini
by Kjartan Poskitt and Geraint Ford (6-10)
A conversational introduction to Houdini that traces how childhood card tricks evolved into legendary escape acts. Nonfiction.

Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions
by Laurie Carlson (6-10)
A picture book introduction to Houdini along with tutorials for magic tricks. Nonfiction.

Who Was Harry Houdini?
by Tui Sutherland & John O’Brien (6-10)
Part of the Who HQ series, this illustrated early chapter book goes beyond the magic tricks to offer additional details about Houdini’s life as a pilot and actor. Nonfiction.

Houdini and Me
by Dan Gutman (8-12)
A boy who lives in Houdini’s old house (and also happens to be named Harry) ends up in danger after he is contacted by the ghost of the famous magician and offered insight on Houdini’s tricks. Fiction.

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
by Sid Fleischman (10+)
A hefty biography for older readers that includes photographs and a review of Houdini’s greatest tricks. Nonfiction.