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Book: Hurry Up, Houdini!: Magic Tree House #50
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Sal Murdocca
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, republished in 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0307980458 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307980456 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0307980489 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307980480 Paperback
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Osborne, Mary Pope. Hurry Up, Houdini!: Magic Tree House #50 (published in 2013 by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House Inc., New York City, NY). Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, PA, are traveling in the Magic Tree House doing missions for Merlin to find secrets of greatness from four historic figures. Having visited Alexander the Great as a boy in ancient Macedonia, they must now go see the master illusionist and escape artist, Harry Houdini, at Coney Island, NY, in the early 1900s. Along the way, they enjoy the sights and sounds of the great amusement park.
However, can they find Harry? Will they learn his secret of greatness? And what is it? Other than a couple of common euphemisms (darn, heck), there is really nothing objectionable in this book, except for those who dislike reference to any form of “magic” in books. For everyone else, author Mary Pope Osborne cleverly combines history, mystery, adventure, some fantasy, and a little bit of trouble for the time-traveling brother-and-sister team.