DOUBLE OR NOTHING by Marc Talbert

DOUBLE OR NOTHING

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In a simply told story, young Sam conducts a fitting memorial for his beloved uncle, a professional magician. As long as Sam can remember, Uncle Frank had been like Santa Claus: he never appeared without some gift or new trick to teach. Now Sam has inherited the tricks, which are packed in boxes under his bed. Frank always claimed that magic came from an audience, so Sam dons his uncle's special coat, deceives his sitter, and slips out to a park where he puts on a show before a small but admiring group of passers-by--including (to his consternation) not only the sitter but his parents. Later, with his understanding mother, Sam opens the boxes and Finds a Final surprise: The tricks are wrapped, labeled, and so numerous that he will have birthday presents from his uncle for at least four decades. Talbert emphasizes Sam's happy memories rather than his grief; readers will enjoy his clumsy but determined efforts to master both the tricks and his sense of loss. A serious subject explored with a light touch. Illustrations not seen.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0595150098
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Dial