Search Results: "Sid Fleischman"


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DISAPPEARING ACT by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Realistic fiction it's not, but good, quick, and smart fun—definitely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A brother and sister on the run find refuge and rescue among the eclectic and eccentric characters of Venice Beach. Read full book review >

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Released: March 24, 1977

"Clint ends up marching in a special parade for the 87 residents of Furnace Flats, and Fleischman adds enough peppy and preposterous incidentals (like Grandpa, a telegraph operator, clicking Morse code messages to Clint with his teeth) to keep fidgety readers in tow."
The day the circus train comes through Furnace Flats, Arizona, starts out sour for Clint, who's too young to follow the circus to the performance in the next big town. Read full book review >

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MCBROOM'S EAR by Sid Fleischman
Released: Nov. 10, 1969

"More yeasty Fleischman."
Being the honest truth about the Great Grasshopper War, later known as the War of McBroom's Ear of Corn "so big you couldn't see it at a single glance." Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2010

"Further exploration of Chaplin's classic films, from The Kid (1921) to Modern Times (1936), is a must after finishing this colorful homage to 'the funniest man on earth.' (Biography. 10 & up)"
Fleischman's unabashed adoration for the duck-footed comedian, filmmaker and movie star effervesces from this fascinating, generously illustrated biography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2008

"No worthier Twain bio will cross a child's path than this feisty title, filled to the brim with ample grins and sly, knowing winks. (Biography. 9-14)"
The life of one of America's best-loved entertainers gets top-notch treatment in this highly enjoyable and eminently simpatico biography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

"Abracadabra—a feat that's pure magic. (Biography. 9-14)"
It seems obvious that Fleischman, Newbery author of numerous novels involving magic, would write a biography about master magician Houdini, but it took decades before he was able to transport his personal connection and admiration into a book. Read full book review >

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THE ABRACADABRA KID by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Fleischman offers a gold mine of interesting reflections of writing, and a vivid representation of a life lived adventurously and thoughtfully. (Autobiography. 12+)"
Subtitled "A Writer's Life," this is a lively self-portrait of the writer as a young magician turned conjurer of "literary magic tricks." Read full book review >

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LONGBEARD THE WIZARD by Sid Fleischman
Released: Aug. 20, 1970

"Even nonsense is better than no sense; this is a synthetic composite of both."
There's this boy-king Sandor who's supposed to be poor, but he can pluck coins from the air when he's playing the Wizard; and he plays the Wizard to combat being unhappy, which he shouldn't be since he administers a happy kingdom. Read full book review >

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HUMBUG MOUNTAIN by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 19, 1978

"Tarnatious fun all the way."
Sid Fleischman's zest for frontier foolishment and humbug is at full steam in this story of an itinerant newspaperman's family heading for their own six lots in the new city of Sunshine, planned and executed by their steamboat-captain grandfather. Read full book review >

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JINGO DJANGO by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 22, 1971

"If Fleischman fans recognize some of the landmarks this time around, they can still have a rollicking trip."
Readers of Chancy and the Grand Rascal and By the Great Horn Spoon will enjoy the author's latest picaresque adventure set in mid-nineteenth-century America. Read full book review >

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"Outstanding."
With the help of a dead magician, a quick-witted young orphan foils a dastardly plot—in this breathless new adventure from the author of The Whipping Boy (1986, Newbery Award). Read full book review >

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THE ENTERTAINER AND THE DYBBUK by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quick, creative, clever and thoroughly entertaining. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Amidst the plethora of mostly depressing Holocaust children's and YA literature, Fleischman introduces an ingenious approach to the topic and issues. Read full book review >