Search Results: "Sid Fleischman"


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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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"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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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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MR. MYSTERIOUS'S SECRETS OF MAGIC by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 1, 1975

"MPSLUGMISTER Mysterious himself in the familiar format describing the illusion and then the secret, with a bonus tip at the end of each."
The Vanishing Ghost (Almost). . . 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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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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Released: Aug. 1, 1966

"It's just the right tone that would really have appealed to Chancy and his contemporaries, and the sometimes wildly funny West comes off here with an underlying sense of authenticity."
Sid Fleischman has gone into a tall tale spin again, and as always the results are totally enjoyable. Read full book review >

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THE SCAREBIRD by Sid Fleischman
Released: Sept. 15, 1988

"An artful, engaging look at the meaning of commitment to fellow beings; a lovely book."
From the author of a slew of comic stories plus a Newbery winner (The Whipping Boy), a tale about a solitary old farmer who makes an old man's equivalent of an imaginary playmate of his scarecrow. Read full book review >

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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 >