Search Results: "Sid Fleischman"


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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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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, 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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MCBROOM AND THE BEANSTALK by Sid Fleischman
Released: March 23, 1978

"More honest-to-gosh, kneeslapping truth, from an old champion who shows no signs of bowing out."
Though the upcoming county fair will feature a World Champion Liar's Contest, Josh McBroom declares that "hair'll grow on fish before I trifle with the truth." Read full book review >

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THE GHOST ON SATURDAY NIGHT by Laura Cornell
Released: May 1, 1974

"Another successful Fleischman concoction of flimflam and smart footwork."
As Great Aunt Etta, Opie's guardian, has promised to buy him a horse with her 1877 bank-deposited penny as soon as he saves up enough for a saddle, Opie who can streak (his word) through town with his eyes closed goes into the fog business as a guide in order to earn the necessary $17.59. Read full book review >

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THE WHIPPING BOY by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 14, 1986

"Thin at times, this comic adventure story does offer readers a nice change of pace."
A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity, written in a style reminiscent of 19th-century melodrama. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 8, 1965

"Good adventurous seafare for boys."
Here is a true pirate yarn spun out in fine style by the author of Mr. Mysterious and Company (1962). Read full book review >

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MCBROOM AND THE GREAT RACE by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 1, 1980

"Let's hope he doesn't begin to run clown just when he's found Lorraine, whose kindergarten-style pictures match not only Fleischman's helter-skelter rusticity but his wit and high spirits as well."

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Released: April 1, 1981

"There's no attempt to flesh out the puzzles, and not a trace of the Fleischman wit and vigor."
Two one-dimensional detection cases of the sort that seem to be proliferating. 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 >