FINALIST FOR THE SILVER BIRCH AWARDDashiel Woolf should be ecstatic for the chance to meet his hero, the Great Houdini, not long before the famous magician s untimely death in 1926 But Dash is far concerned about getting home because home is 85 years in the future.Sent back in time through a magic trick gone terribly wrong, Dash and his new friend, Walt a known troubFINALIST FOR THE SILVER BIRCH AWARDDashiel Woolf should be ecstatic for the chance to meet his hero, the Great Houdini, not long before the famous magician s untimely death in 1926 But Dash is far concerned about getting home because home is 85 years in the future.Sent back in time through a magic trick gone terribly wrong, Dash and his new friend, Walt a known troublemaker hatch a plan to return Dash to the present day But if they are successful, they might prevent the Great Houdini from taking part in the event that ended his life, possibly changing history forever Genuinely entertaining in a way that few Canadian historical novels are It is a wild and fun romp and will keep almost any reader turning the pages to see how Dash will get home Highly Recommended CM MAGAZINE The writing is smooth, the historic setting compelling, the magic engaging and the plot twists complex A tantalizing book that will appeal to devotees of Harry Potter, mystery lovers and Redhill fans who will thoroughly enjoy seeing his lighter side NATIONAL READING CAMPAIGN A lively, entertaining read, well paced and enjoyable, with nary a hint of weepiness MONTREAL GAZETTE
Saving Houdini FINALIST FOR THE SILVER BIRCH AWARDDashiel Woolf should be ecstatic for the chance to meet his hero the Great Houdini not long before the famous magician s untimely death in But Dash is far con
I did enjoy this book I think it was a fun time traveling story about a magic trick gone wrong which sent this young boy named Dash back in time about 85 years or so He got to meet the great Houdini which I found to be very interesting I wish there had been about Houdini himself and his personal life It was a different read then what I have been reading and was quite enjoyable You re along the ride with Dash, who while being sent back in time has to figure out how the heck to get back to 2011 w [...]
Bloom the Beguiler that great mystifier is performing at the Canon theater and Dashiel Woolfe is excited to be attending the show The show commemorates the 85th anniversary of Harry Houdini s death Dash was surprised that his mom managed to snag tickets since the show usually sold out a year in advance However, when it came time for the finale, The Great Soap Bubble Vanish , Dash was really hoping he would not be the one picked to go up on stage of course, he was chosen Dashiel had his own reaso [...]
Two 11 year olds on an adventure that coincides with Harry Houdini s last tour The odd thing is that one of them turned 11 in 2011 and the other turned 11 in 1926 That only makes sense within the context of the magic that is a part of this story.Aside from the plot line that requires some suspension of belief in the efficacy of time, this is a work of historical fiction that creates a picture of life in both Toronto and Montreal in the 1920 s It also provides a convincing portrait of Houdini and [...]
The book Saving Houdini was a Interesting, Exciting and emotional book because Dash watches Bloom the magician who was at the show performing a magic trick called the Soap Bubble Vanish trick Bloom chose a volunteer from the audience and so he chose Dash to come on stage Suddenly when the trick was perform by Bloom Dash had woken up in the year 1926.Later on in the book Dash saw a barbershop He went in the barber shop and met a kid named Walter Gibson and his dad Mr Gibson Walt was a mean kid at [...]
This book is about Dashiel Woolf who is sent from 2011 to 1926 from a magic trick gone wrong In 1926 he befriends a kid named Walter Gibson and explains his situation to him Then with Walt s help, Dash realizes he needs to find Houdini to help him When he retells his story to Houdini, he thinks it s a scam and tells the boys they ll get picked up by their parents in the morning On the same night, Dash and Walt get the idea to save Houdini The next morning Dash and Walt are delivered to a facilit [...]
DON T TALK TO ME LIKE I M A KID Dash shouted I m almost twelve years old, okay virtual facepalm That quote pretty much sums up my opinion of this book Not entirely sure why I finished it I guess I was hoping for some kind of awesome ending, but I was seriously disappointed.This would be a decent book for a small child to read, but then some of the time travel nonsense theory would go over their small little heads Although it is simplistic I don t know, maybe some orclings will like it.Just sayin [...]
1920s magicians time travel I couldn t resist this book This story is about Dashiel Woolf Dash an 11 year old boy who was sent back in time to 1926 through Joseph Bloom s magic trick which has gone terribly wrong He sought the help of another 11 years old boy named Walter Gibson in helping him to return to year 2011 The plan Look for Blumenthal Joseph Bloom s grandfather to repeat the magic trick to send Dash back to present day Along the way, they met Harry Houdini and they try to prevent him f [...]
I haven t enjoyed a book so much for a while This is a delightful visit of the Danforth neighbourhood mixed with time travel, pre teen angst, and a deep respect for our history I was sad when I hit the last page because I wanted MORE Great for all ages Thank you Michael
Cute story but felt rushed and silly at times There were characters and situations that just didn t make sense why were the police and child welfare in the 20s so hell bent on capturing the two boys.
The idea of a kid finding himself sent back in time by a magic trick is fun The idea of changing the course of history, in this case saving Houdini from his untimely death, is interesting Not many writers would let the kid pull it off and no comment here on whether or not he does But the pleasure in a book is all the many words and pages that get you there, wherever that may be And this book was not a pleasure Too much ink spilled in creating old Toronto, too many vaudeville era characters who a [...]
THIS BOOK IS AMAZINGSaving Houdini was a book about a boy named Dash who went back in time because of a magic trick He then goes on a adventure with a boy named Walt and they try to save Houdini from his death It was a interesting book which had a great story The story was realistic and it handled time travel well The ending was great The boy named Walt Dash s friend was funny and a great character Houdini himself was a great character too, so was Dash I think the best part was when Dash met Wal [...]
Due to a magic trick, Dash travels back in time and is set on an adventure with his new found friend, Walt, to try to save Houdini from his early death and to return Dash to his rightful year Interesting premise, but ultimately falls short Some parts of the plot were a bit too convoluted to follow readily and, at times, the descriptive language was wasted on incorporating unnecessary historical details I will admit I am hardly the target audience though, so perhaps this book will be better recei [...]
Step back into 1926 Toronto where 11 year old Dash has been transported by a magic trick His only hope is to find Houdini who may have the answer to send him back to his own time Unfortunately the Social Services Society is on his tail convinced he is an orphan and his only hope is to convince a bully to be his friend This gripping chase back in time will be a great addition to any tween boy s shelf.
It was interesting to read two novels about Houdini in one year The other being Steven Galloway s The Confabulist This YA read wasn t as directly about Houdini as Galloway s novel, but he still played a major part in this fun, adventure filled, time travelling romp I loved both Dash and Walter, and their race against time literally was very entertaining.
A very well written book with good flow of emotion Set in 1926 Toronto when a boy named Dashiell travels back in time by a rogue magic trick, where he tries to get back to the present with help from his friend Walter Gibson In the meantime, he tries to save Harry Houdini from dying.
This was a solid read s to the story s credit that I didn t realize that this was a kids story until I happened to read the jacket cover when I was halfway through the novel It s a story most appropriate for children that adults can enjoy as well.
Imaginative novel about Houdini and time travel A bit juvenile for teenagers though.
Brilliant book about a boy and time travel
Time travel clean.
This was a fast paced adventure set in the present and past It was interesting to see how the author dealt with the shifts in time.
Great time travel novel