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The amazing adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini

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For fans of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, and Jack Gantos's Joey Pigza Books comes a hilarious and poignant slice-of-life novel from critically acclaimed author and poet Peter Johnson.

When an author comes to speak to his class in a rundown area of Providence, Houdini decides to make money by writing his own novel. Houdini chronicles his life as he and his friends start a leaf-raking business, befriend Old Man Jackson (a Vietnam War veteran with a seriously intimidating dog), and get even with the neighborhood bully, Angel. But it's hard to find a way to write about his dad losing his job or his brother, Franklin, who is first reported missing in action in Iraq and then still seems to be missing when he comes home.

No matter what, Houdini and his friends rely on one another to figure out how to do the right thing. And Houdini discovers that writing and thinking about his friends and family lets him get to know them in completely new ways.

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Full title amazing adventures of john smith jr aka houdini
Author johnson peter
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-20 22:58:42PM
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display_description Thirteen-year-old John "Houdini" Smith tries to write a book about what is happening in his life, from his parents' worries about money and his brother in Iraq, to his new understandings of people while he and his friends rake lawns in their East Side Providence, Rhode Island, neighborhood.
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subject_facet Authorship -- Fiction, Authorship -- Juvenile fiction, Bildungsromans, Families -- Rhode Island -- Juvenile fiction, Family life -- Rhode Island -- Fiction, Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction, Interpersonal relations. -- Fiction, Money-making projects for children -- Juvenile fiction, Moneymaking projects -- Fiction, Neighborliness -- Fiction, Neighborliness -- Juvenile fiction, Providence (R.I.) -- Fiction, Providence (R.I.) -- Juvenile fiction
title_display The amazing adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini
title_full The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini, The amazing adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini / by Peter Johnson
title_short The amazing adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini
topic_facet Authorship, Families, Family life, Interpersonal relations, Juvenile Fiction, Money-making projects for children, Moneymaking projects, Neighborliness