The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. aka Houdini by Peter Johnson

After an author comes to speak at his school, John Smith, Jr. (also known as Houdini) decides his life is perfect material for a Kid's Novel. Houdini writes about his best friends, their leaf-raking business, and their battle with the neighborhood bully. During these adventures, Houdini also struggles with his dad losing his job and his brother being reported as missing in action. With a nice balance of humor and depth, The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. provides a glimpse of teen struggles and the beginning steps to adulthood. Houdini and his friends are well-developed characters who will both teach and entertain tween readers. This is a great book for boys and girls who like to laugh and learn about life. Recommended ages--10 and up

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