The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. aka Houdini by Peter Johnson

May 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

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.



War is a sad thing, but having a brother go to war is sadder. With Franklin in Iraq, John feels like an only child. In this book John Smith, Jr. decides to write a novel about his life. The novel stands out from other stories because of a scary neighbor who is a war veteran.  This neighbor has a mean-looking dog. John and his friends Lucky and Jorge never met the neighbor so they misjudge him, but this will change. You will notice the third word of the title is “adventures” because John has many. Some involve a mean bully who brings humor into the adventures. I liked this book because it has scenarios that a tween boy might face.

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