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Who Was Harry Houdini?

By: Tui T. Sutherland

Biography

If you were sealed inside a giant metal milk can filled with water, could you escape? You could if you were Harry Houdini, the most famous magician in the world!

Ages: 10+

112 pages

Penguin Random House

Average Rating: (103 Ratings)

Harry Houdini?
Submitted 5/9/2020 by Jane2010

I loved this book!

Harry Houdini was a young boy who wanted to be just like his idol! As he starts doing his acts he meets somebody on the way! Read too find out some of his famous tips and tricks! I Can Make Yoda! <(OuO)>

Love it
Submitted 5/9/2020 by shmuelcohen

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is amazing. If this is one of your choices you should chose it!!!

This is an amazing book!
Submitted 5/6/2020 by Zoogirl

I loved this book!

Personally I love magic, and when I picked up this book, I couldnt stop reading it for a second. My concentration was in the book from the second I started reading this book, until the second I finished it. If you like magic, I guarantee this is the book for you! Some books you could read through a thousand times and still not understand whats going on, this book really clicks and really lets you vision what happened. This is an amazing read.

CHOOSE THIS BOOK!!!
Submitted 4/14/2020 by SuperReaderHazelDog

I loved this book!

This book is exiting, wonderful and I highly recommend it if you don't know what book to pick!!

I Loved This book !!!
Submitted 4/6/2020 by Emojimagic2248

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I loved this book it was amazing! This was no surprise to me i love the Who Was series! I recommend this book to any one who likes magic!!! β€β€β€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜›πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œ

Submitted 4/5/2020 by Wonkish

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

nice story
Submitted 4/3/2020 by simplereader

I liked this book.

I enjoyed the book, but was disappointed to learn that Harry was not married to a Jewish woman.

AMAZING
Submitted 4/2/2020 by mightygirl

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

The book is amazing I think it cool that just ordinary kid became the best magician ever.

So Good!!! 1#
Submitted 4/2/2020 by LOVEMYHOTDOG

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It told you a lot about Harry Houdini and it also told you how he did his stunts I also liked the illustrations

GREAT BOOK!!!!!
Submitted 4/1/2020 by TigerKing

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Great book there is a lot of information and facts.

Good book
Submitted 3/15/2020 by 132Wingate

The reading level isn’t too high, but it has lots of facts and is definitely worth reading.

It was an OK book
Submitted 3/10/2020 by braceface18

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

It was pretty good

OK
Submitted 3/6/2020 by MapleTree

This book was just OK

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

he had great magic tricks but not the best written

Very Informative
Submitted 3/5/2020 by Sausage8

Thumbs up!

This book was part of a series that I read before, so I understood it better.

Great Book!
Submitted 3/4/2020 by SuperReadingM

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Very inspiring!
Submitted 3/2/2020 by bluelove4

I would read more books by this author.

Who was Harry Houdini is very inspiring and teaches a life lesson to follow your dreams and you’ll reach greatness.

#SupaInteresting
Submitted 2/14/2020 by RootBeerFloatNeg133

I loved this book!

I learned a lot about Harry Houdini from this book. I especially enjoyed when it showed how a few of the tricks were done. I totally recommend this book!

This book was one of the best books I've read
Submitted 2/10/2020 by TheCoolest123

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

READ IT!
Submitted 2/10/2020 by JJCoolMan

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

❀❀❀❀, I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!

awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/10/2020 by activereader2024

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I love all of the who was, but this one is the best

fun and exciting!!!
Submitted 2/10/2020 by Stingrays

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

if you're scared he won't make it, and you are having an awesome time, you must be reading who was Harry Houdini

It was soooooooooo good and excellent
Submitted 2/9/2020 by SoccerCello1

I loved this book!

It is the best one of the best Who Was books I ever read.πŸ†πŸ₯‡πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ€©πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

This book is really good!
Submitted 2/9/2020 by TieDye

I would read more books by this author.

I really loved learning about Harry Houdini!

Great πŸ‘
Submitted 2/8/2020 by unicornpizza

It made me think that Jews can be amazing πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Very Interesting
Submitted 2/7/2020 by Yquintela13

Thumbs up!

This book is really good! If you want to learn about how he did all these things and what he did, this is a must read option.

very interesting
Submitted 2/6/2020 by Curlygirl11

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

very interesting but short

Submitted 2/4/2020 by crazycat

i really really liked it

I absolutely loved reading this book.
Submitted 2/4/2020 by Kootenay1

I would read more books by this author.

This book helped me understand and learn things about Harry Houdini and his acts. I read this book all in one day! I would recommend it for ages 9+

Now I want to learn magic!
Submitted 2/3/2020 by Pongo

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I loved reading about Harry Houdini and I also got interested in magic!

Great BookπŸ‘
Submitted 2/1/2020 by Tali2011

I loved this book!

This book was great! It has a bunch of facts and information. It even has some of his cool tricks! I totally suggest this book!!!!!
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I love the Who Was series!
Submitted 1/29/2020 by VBookworm

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

The pictures are funny! I think that young kids should not read the chapter where Harry and Bess run of to get married!

Loved this book!
Submitted 1/24/2020 by BigBro1

Thumbs up!

I was so excited to get my book. I love the Who Was books and I loveeee magic. This book was super entertaining .

Very entertaining, I recommend this to anyone who wants to be amazed
Submitted 1/23/2020 by RHTM2010

I loved this book!

Every aspect can blow your mind trust me, GET IT

Submitted 1/22/2020 by KGE728

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was one of the most amazing books that I have ever read I would definitely recommend this book to other people.

You have to read this!
Submitted 1/8/2020 by BlueJays

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

If you get locked with handcuffs would you escape? I know I would't but Harry could. My favourite part was when Harry did the vanishing elephant trick.

I have it but I love it
Submitted 1/7/2020 by Luv2readTO

This book taught me more about magic and many jobs
I already owned it before I got my PJourway acount but I'm still writing a reveiw
5 Stars
you should read it

This book is strange!
Submitted 12/10/2019 by ILoveVintage

This book is weird. I dont like magicians, half of it was fine but the rest is boring.

The best book ever
Submitted 12/9/2019 by Amitai123

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book is so detailed with how he felt in his life and his tricks

SO GOOD
Submitted 12/8/2019 by Neongreen1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

so good of a book
:)

Submitted 12/8/2019 by Batty

This stinks

Great!
Submitted 12/4/2019 by tiger1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book made me learn more about Harry Houdini and what he could do. I loved it!

Submitted 12/3/2019 by GooseGirl

Thumbs up!

So interesting!

Awesome
Submitted 12/1/2019 by Shuey11

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

So amazingly awesome! Loved it.

Submitted 12/1/2019 by sarahj2

This book was just OK

DO NOT READ TO YOUNG KIDS!!!!!!

i know about him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 11/12/2019 by ChewyLewy

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

escape some (sounds awesome)

Fantastic
Submitted 11/2/2018 by EllieBoo

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I don’t usually like biographies but this one was fantastic.

really interesting!
Submitted 10/3/2018 by tiger1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was so interesting I read it 2 times! For readers that are learning how to read, I would really recommend this book.

Submitted 10/3/2018 by tiger8

awesome book
Submitted 9/3/2018 by nacho

I would read more books by this author.

it is a very good biography

awesome book
Submitted 8/15/2018 by hebrewwhiz

Thumbs up!

Extra extra read all about him
Submitted 4/2/2018 by Tkdgirl1

Thumbs up!

This book told me all about Harry Houdini and the kinds of stuff he did. I think any one should read it if they are interested.

Submitted 3/18/2018 by EmmaEMB

I loved this book!

Pretty Good
Submitted 3/2/2018 by happyactress

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I already knew about Houdini from other books, but I did not know that so many people had died try his tricks.

LOVE IT!!!
Submitted 2/8/2018 by lcds

Great Book!
Submitted 2/1/2018 by ElizParkCoop

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was great fun to read with my mom & my little brother. My great-great-grandfather learned some magic from Houdini so we spoke a lot about family and how cool magic is. I gave a book report on this book to my class at school and my friends asked me questions all day about magic, and Mr. Houdini. I definitely recommend. Thank you.

The best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/1/2018 by bigbubba

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is a great book for everyone.

Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/9/2017 by BushBush

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was awesome !!!!! I recommend reading more "Who Was, What Was and Where Was books. (I've read almost all of them !!!!! They are all really awesome !!!!!)

-Zachary S.

Read this book
Submitted 12/9/2017 by Tkdgirl1

Thumbs up!

This book helped me learn more about Harry hudini. I like this book because it shows how he did some of his tricks

Best book
Submitted 12/5/2017 by bestgrandson

Thumbs up!

I liked this book a lot because it has the story of Houdini's life as a magician.

This book is awesome!
Submitted 12/4/2017 by piratebatman

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

My favorite part was when he escape from a locked can filled with water! I would definitely recommend this book!

THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/3/2017 by soccer101

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book! I liked how Harry would never give up! If you haven't already you need to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 12/1/2017 by beccabear72

I loved this book!

The Who Was books are always great
Submitted 12/1/2017 by seferworm

Thumbs up!

I've read a lot of the Who Was books and their always great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Book!
Submitted 11/20/2017 by animal lover

I found out a lot of cool things from this book. I think it is really good. The only thing I don't like so much is that it started to talk about other people, and then it relates to Harry Houdini. But, other than that, it is a really interesting book!

gave you the info
Submitted 11/16/2017 by penguinTR

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

this book gave you the info you need but wasn't very entertaining, a good quick read when your board

omg amazing
Submitted 11/8/2017 by ilovelego

this is such a good book any one who hates this book is mad

Amazing book!!
Submitted 11/6/2017 by silly

I loved this book!

This book was fantastic! You should definitely read this book.
😘

Learned a lot interesting and fun to read
Submitted 11/5/2017 by Skyblueorca

This book and Houdini are amazing and I'm glad I read this book. He started at a young age and did magic all through his career.

Best book!!!!!
Submitted 11/5/2017 by Luchis2017

Thumbs up!

I learned so much about Harry Houdini!!! You should read it!!!

Okay book
Submitted 11/4/2017 by Biking4

This book was just OK

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

MAGICALLY STUPENDOUS!!!!:)
Submitted 11/4/2017 by Tbird123

Thumbs up!

THIS BOOK WAS SO AWESOME!! It taught me a lot of tricks

Submitted 11/3/2017 by zeldanerd

I loved this book!

This book was awesome because it taught me so many things I did know about Harry Houdini and magic and illusions.

Great book
Submitted 11/3/2017 by Judge99

I loved this book!

I really liked this book because I like magic and I liked learning about Harry Houdini. It was an awesome book.

😎
Submitted 11/2/2017 by DancingAndReading

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This is awesome πŸ‘πŸ» learned a lot from it

LOVED IT!
Submitted 11/2/2017 by Princess2B

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book! If you loved history you have to read this book!

Very interesting!
Submitted 11/2/2017 by Benjamin

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

It was so interesting to learn more about Harry Houdini. I learned so much!

Stupendous! Marvelous! A-MA-ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/24/2017 by archiedoodles

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing else but awesome! Know the author, by the way. She's my mom's best friend. READ IT. Also, it taught me how to escape from a strait jacket. Also, I have seen, touched, and USED one of Houdini's possesions!

One of my favorite book's from PJ Our Way
Submitted 10/21/2017 by 168562

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I love this series I probably have 50 or 60 of the who was, who is, where is, what is, what was, where was ,.etc. Loved it so much. I also write and type biographies. He is my next one!! Great BOOK!!

this was good
Submitted 10/13/2017 by thebusybee

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

i think this was a good book. it taught me a lot about magic.

awesome
Submitted 10/4/2017 by laglace

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

who was Harry Houdini gives so many true facts ! I love this book and iI cant wait to read another book from the series

Cool
Submitted 9/10/2017 by Tabitha star

Great
Submitted 9/5/2017 by LovetoReadBooks

Bookworm
Submitted 9/4/2017 by artgirl08

I've read a lot of who was books, but this was one of the best yet. I learned so much cool stuff.

Who Was Harry Houdini?
Submitted 9/3/2017 by DalekReader

Thumbs up!

This book was great. I read it in one day! One of the cool things about it is that it tells you how Houdini did some of his tricks. Great book!

Submitted 9/3/2017 by 21szubinn

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Awesome

it was pretty good
Submitted 9/1/2017 by cocotheawesome

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

it did not have a lot about being a jew and was boring. his tricks were cool, but the end is kind of sad. it was interesting but got kind of old. it was just not very right for me. this is a good book for almost all ages, which is a thing I liked about it. bye.

WOW!
Submitted 1/1/2017 by thankyoupj

I would read more books by this author.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

If you like magic here you go! This is the past Oz Pearlman! I suggest this book to everyone.

Who Was Harry Houdini?
Submitted 10/2/2016 by kis

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Ever wonder how to get out of a sealed water tank with your whole body chained up? Well this book has everything about Harry Houdini`s life and even a few of his tricks!

Submitted 8/2/2016 by kungfusoccergirl9

The greatest "Who Was" there ever was.
Submitted 4/7/2016 by snorman

Thumbs up!

Though from this book I could not tell that Harry Houdini was jewish, it still made me think about how keys can be humans.(I know that doesn't make sence. I don't get it but I still wrote it.)

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 4/1/2016 by Mfbook

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

it is so good. i never thought that Houdini would ever be interesting

3 and half if possible
Submitted 1/28/2016 by aricat

I would read more books by this author.

This book was great! My mom read a few chapters every few nights at dinner, and it was really cool and interesting!

Great Book!!!
Submitted 11/10/2015 by Gbalk

Thumbs up!

This book taught me how Harry Houdini was one of the best magicians in the world. I was amazed by how he could break out of anything. Nothing could hold him!

Submitted 9/10/2015 by Iluvreading

Thumbs up!

I learned so much! It is an easy read, and perfect for everyone.

Do you like magic or stunts?
Submitted 6/7/2015 by Design Team

Do you dream of being known throughout the world? Harry Houdini was both a master of deception, with his tricks, and star that will be remembered forever. Harry wanted his name to be known by anyone and everyone. He had a lust for success and fame. Harry Houdini proved that if you are determined, you can accomplish anything. For more interesting facts on Houdini read Who was Harry Houdini? by Tui T. Sutherland.
by David, age 9, Design Team

Submitted 6/3/2015 by missab

I loved this book!

I have always loved Harry Houdini but this was an amazing book to read. I knew he was Jewish but did not know his father was a rabbi. I encourage others to read this book because it really true magic!

Submitted 6/3/2015 by cittycat24

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I loved learning more about Harry Houdini and his life!
Amazing book

Submitted 5/7/2015 by Cool kid

I loved this book it was so fun!

Great book!!
Submitted 4/9/2015 by danechka

I loved this book!

In this book I learned about how great and important Harry Houdini was. Who knew that he could break free from almost anything! This book is very stunning and cool, I would recommend this for anyone who likes to read about something amazing and likes to be surprised.

An easy book and fun book
Submitted 4/3/2015 by super._hannah

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is a light read. It was exciting as well as fun. In this book you can read about Harry's life and hear about his magic tricks. Read this book and become a great magician!

Good, fun, factual easy read
Submitted 4/1/2015 by kingdavid

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It's a great book. Informative, fact-full and a quick, easy read. Highly recommend.

Great book!
Submitted 3/6/2015 by growlingawesome11

Thumbs up!

I didn't read this book from pj library, but I bought it at Barnes and Nobel. It's a great book about Harry Houdini's life. I recommend it to anyone who likes biographies.

Best "Who Was"!
Submitted 2/1/2015 by Miles

Akiva, age 10

I've read other Who Was books and this was the best yet! I happen to like Harry Houdini a lot. And this biography had a lot of good details. After they described his magic tricks they showed you how to do them and I thought that was really cool. The drawings aren't the best art I've seen, but it decent. Also every time it said something about an event or person it told you a bit more information which I really liked. Though it’s a really easy read, I give this book a five.

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Tui T. Sutherland
Author of Who Was Harry Houdini?

"When I am working on a book, I try to make myself write a least one sentence a day, no matter how busy I am."

Tui T. Sutherland was born in Caracas, Venezuela on July 31, the same day as Harry Potter! Tui has written over 30 books, but guess what? She doesn’t always use her real name! Tui has written books using a few different names, or pseudonyms, such as Tamara Summers, Heather Williams, and Rob Kidd.

You might be wondering what Tui’s name means. Tui’s parents named her after a wonderful dark purple bird that lives only in New Zealand. And that is perfect for Tui, because New Zealand is her favorite place on earth! Want to know one more fun fact about Tui? In 2009 Tui was a winner on the television game show, Jeopardy!

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