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THE ABRACADABRA KID

By Sid Fleischman

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-688-14859-X
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Subtitled "A Writer's Life," this is a lively self-portrait of the writer as a young magician turned conjurer of "literary magic tricks." The son of an "airy optimist with nimble skills" and a mother who was a "crackerjack penny-ante cardplayer," Fleischman grew up enterprising and obsessed with magic. In high school he parlayed "a certain knack for inventing tricks" into a slim volume of match tricks that became an enduring classic, then did a stint in vaudeville in a ten-dollar tux and a hitch in the wartime navy. There's a postwar tour of duty in China, and years as a newspaperman, pulp-fiction writer, and screenwriter before a happy marriage and three kids drew him to the realm of children's books. Fleischman offers a gold mine of interesting reflections of writing, and a vivid representation of a life lived adventurously and thoughtfully. (Autobiography. 12+)