Danger in the Dark

A Houdini & Nate Mystery

Houdini and Nate Mysteries (Volume 1)

Tom Lalicki

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Harry Houdini – the world’s greatest escape artist – is in need of a new hat. That is what brings him to Bennett & Son, Gentlemen’s Hatters of Fifth Avenue, where young Nathaniel G. Makeworthy Fuller is working for the summer. A surprising friendship develops between the world-famous daredevil and the boy clerk, and it comes in the nick of time. A suspicious stranger has recently wheedled his way into the confidences of Nate’s wealthy great-aunt, with whom the boy and his widowed mother live. Now their house is filled with spooky late-night gatherings, the purpose of which is kept secret from Nate. Houdini is just the man to tackle this tangled mystery – and help Nate and his family escape the grasp of an interloper more cunning and dangerous than Nate could have imagined.
 
A truly captivating historical adventure, Danger in the Dark launches the Houdini & Nate Mystery series with fast-paced plotting and a colorful blend of fact and fiction.
 
Danger in the Dark is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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“Man-to-man, Nate – your aunt is in danger. This villain Trane means to take her fortune, to throw you and your mother out of her house, to make you beggars. It has happened many times before, even in this city. I will not allow it to happen to you.”
     The force and speed of Houdini’s statement hit like the quick punches a street bully throws when his victim isn’t ready. Fighting to catch his breath, Nathaniel sputtered, “But . . . but . . . what do you mean?”
     “This creature wants everything your

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Danger in the Dark is good summer reading. It will also entertain in fall, winter, and spring.”—Sid Fleischman, author of The Whipping Boy

“Readers will delight in the many references to Houdini’s magic, and to New York in 1911. Pair this one with Gary Blackwood’s Second Sight (2005) and look for sequels.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Lalicki not only includes lots of information about Houdini, but also brings the period to life.”—School Library Journal

“The action is nonstop. Lalicki puts his extensive knowledge of Houdini into creating an engaging, credible character that pairs well with likeable Nate.”—Booklist

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Tom Lalicki

TOM LALICKI is the author of three acclaimed nonfiction books for young readers, including Grierson’s Raid: A Daring Cavalry Strike Through the Heart of the Confederacy. The newest Houdini & Nate mystery, Frame-up on the Bowery, will be available from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Fall 2009. Tom lives in Westchester County, New York. Learn more about Tom, Houdini, and Nate at www.tomlalicki.com.

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Danger in the Dark
A Houdini & Nate Mystery
Tom Lalicki

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Nevada YR Award Master List

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Square Fish
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312602147
ISBN10: 0312602146
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 850LL
AR Quiz Number: 111293
AR Points: 6

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429930703
ISBN10: 1429930705
Middle-Grade Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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