Houdini and Me Book

Houdini and Me


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Holiday House
  • Release Date : 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780823448951

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Houdini and Me Excerpt :

Harry has always admired the famous escape artist Houdini. And when Houdini asks for help in coming back to life, it seems like an amazing chance...or could it be Houdini's greatest trick of all? Eleven-year-old Harry Mancini is NOT Harry Houdini--the famous escape artist who died in 1926. But Harry DOES live in Houdini's old New York City home, and he definitely knows everything there is to know about Houdini's life. What is he supposed to do, then, when someone starts texting him claiming that they're Houdini, communicating from beyond the grave? Respond, of course. It's hard for Harry to believe that Houdini is really contacting him, but this Houdini texts the secrets to all of the escape tricks the dead Houdini used to do. What's more, Houdini's offering Harry a chance to go back in time and experience it for himself. Should Harry ignore what must be a hoax? Or should he give it a try and take Houdini up on this death-defying offer? Dan Gutman is the award-winning author of series including My Weird School, The Genius Files, and the baseball card series, including Honus & Me. He uses his writing powers for good once again in this exciting new middle grade novel. Named a New York State Great Read by the Empire State Center for the Book!

Babe   Me Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Babe Me


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2002-03-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780380805044

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Babe Me Excerpt :

On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs -- New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straightaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call the shot or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Like other baseball fans, Joe Stoshack wants to know the truth. But unlike other fans, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time and solve one of baseball's greatest puzzles....

Running Out of Time Book
Score: 4
From 61 Ratings

Running Out of Time


  • Author : Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-02-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442461291

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Running Out of Time Excerpt :

Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840...or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

The Kid Who Ran For President Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Kid Who Ran For President


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545355650

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The Kid Who Ran For President Excerpt :

Just in time for election season, Dan Gutman's hugely popular THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT is back. Humor, adventure, and excitement will draw kids into the world of elections and politics. "Hi! My name is Judson Moon. I'm 12 years old and I'm running for President of the YOU-nited States." So begins this fast-paced, funny, and surprising account of a boy's run for the Oval Office in the year 2000. Under the tutelage of Lane, his brainy friend and self-appointed campaign manager, the affable sixth-grader from Madison, Wisconsin, takes on the Democrats and Republicans as a Third Party candidate who can make waves. "Grown-ups have had the last one thousand years to mess up the world," Judd tells a reporter. "Now it's our turn."

Return of the Homework Machine Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Return of the Homework Machine


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-06-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 1416994955

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Return of the Homework Machine Excerpt :

Snik, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsey haven’t stayed in the best touch since last year’s big homework-machine scandal. But they are all pulled back together again when Brenton realizes that the most powerful part of the machine that lets you cheat on homework was never really destroyed. And there is someone out there who wants to use it for a lot more than just cheating. So the group bands together again not only to stop the culprit, but also to be the first to find a hidden treasure. If you enjoyed the first adventure, The Homework Machine, hold on to your hats for this one!

Honus   Me Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

Honus Me


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 1998-03-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780380788781

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Honus Me Excerpt :

Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game -- except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Stosh feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-paying job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he feels even worse -- until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Stosh has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner -- the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he's about to find out that it's worth a lot more than money....

Empire Falls Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

Empire Falls


  • Author : Richard Russo
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-11-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307809889

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Empire Falls Excerpt :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “Russo writes with a warm, vibrant humanity.... A stirring mix of poignancy, drama and comedy.” —The Washington Post Welcome to Empire Falls, a blue-collar town full of abandoned mills whose citizens surround themselves with the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors and who find humor and hope in the most unlikely places, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.

Johnny Hangtime Book

Johnny Hangtime


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061973277

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Johnny Hangtime Excerpt :

It's a bird, It's a plane--no, It's Johnny Hangtime! Jumping off the Empire State Building, fighting on the wing of a biplane, and parachuting onto the back of a horse are all in a day's work for 13-year-old Johnny Thyme, a stunt kid known in the movie business as Johnny Hangtime. But Johnny's phenomenal feats are a movie industry secret. Ricky Corvette, the superstar teen for whom Johnny doubles, wants his fans to think he does his own stunts. Johnny's devoted to repeating the career of his legendary stuntman father, but what's he going to do when his favorite director asks him to perform the super-dangerous stunt that killed his father? Will following in his daredevil; dad's footsteps take him over the edge?

Jackie   Me Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Jackie Me


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 1999-03-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0380976854

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Jackie Me Excerpt :

Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin--and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.Joe Stoshack has really done it this time. When a pitcher insults his Polish heritage, Joe flings his bat and prompts an on-field brawl that ends in a two-team pileup. he's suspended from Little League...indefinitely. At school, his teacher assigns an oral report for Black History Month. The topic? An African-American who has made a significant contribution to American society. The prize for the best report is four tickets to a cool local amusement park. But Joe doesn't know where to begin. If he could just get his hands on a certain Jackie Robinson baseball card...

Back in Time with Benjamin Franklin Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Back in Time with Benjamin Franklin


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2005-05-17
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780689878848

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Back in Time with Benjamin Franklin Excerpt :

After accidentally sucking Benjamin Franklin into twenty-first-century New Jersey with his Anytime Anywhere machine, thirteen-year-old Qwerty Stevens and his best friend almost wind up stuck in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 when they try to send him back.

The Homework Machine Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

The Homework Machine


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-10-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442407091

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The Homework Machine Excerpt :

Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret. Before long, things start to get out of control, and Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Now the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!

The Talent Show Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Talent Show


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-07-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416990048

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The Talent Show Excerpt :

After a devastating tornado destroys much of Cape Bluff, Kansas, residents come together as a community to put on a talent show as a fund-raiser.

Ms  Krup Cracks Me Up  Book

Ms Krup Cracks Me Up


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Perfection Learning
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 1606863347

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Ms Krup Cracks Me Up Excerpt :

A.J. thinks that nothing can possibly be as boring as a sleepover in the natural history museum. But anything can happen when Ms. Krup is in charge. The tour guide says that dinosaur skeletons come to life in the middle of the night. Is she right?

Chasing Vermeer  Scholastic Gold  Book
Score: 3.5
From 77 Ratings

Chasing Vermeer Scholastic Gold


  • Author : Blue Balliett
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-12-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545541015

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Chasing Vermeer Scholastic Gold Excerpt :

Chasing Vermeer joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content! When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI?

Satch   Me Book

Satch Me


  • Author : Dan Gutman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061973550

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Satch Me Excerpt :

"You wanna know who threw the fastest pitch ever?" Many baseball players claim that Satchel Paige was the fastest pitcher in the history of the game. Stosh and his coach, Flip Valentini, are on a mission to find out. With radar gun in tow, they travel back to 1942 and watch Satch pitch to power hitter Josh Gibson in the Negro League World Series. They soon learn that everything about Satch is fast—whether it’s his talking, driving, or getaways. But is he really the fastest pitcher who ever lived? This baseball card adventure is a whirlwind of excitement, drama, and curveballs—starring one of the liveliest athletes in the game!