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The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life by Sid…

The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life

by Sid Fleischman

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There's nothing fancy about this memoir. It is pretty much, as Sgt Joe Friday used to say, "just the facts" - with generous dashes of humor thrown in. Fleischman is one of those guys from that so-called Greatest Generation. A Jewish kid transplanted to San Diego as a child, he tells his story, from his birth in 1920 thru the Depression and war and right up to the present day, in a pretty straightforward fashion. But he makes you laugh - a most important ingredient in memoir-writing. A magician from his preadolescent years, he takes his act on the road at fifteen, and subconsciously stashes away the memories he's making during those early years and writes about them well later. He does his time in the Navy - in the south Pacific - during WWII and is very matter-of-fact about that too, as were so many men from that generation. Then he came back home, finished college, learned to write by trial and error, and, quite incidentally it almost seems, becomes a bestselling award-winning children's author. This is a heck of a good story, and Sid Fleischman is, to my mind, a good and most admirable man. I recommend The Abracadabra Kid highly. ( )
  TimBazzett | Apr 26, 2009 |
Young magician turns into a writer in San Diego. Perfect recommendation for juvenile biography. A hoot to read ( )
  sdliz | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Sid Fleischman, who started out life as a magician, has pulled off a truly magical feat with Abracadabra Kid; he has crafted a captivating and instructive book for kids about what it is like to be a writer. A prolific author and the winner of the Newbery Medal in 1987 for The Whipping Boy, Fleischman tells in engaging brisk style how he worked his way from boy magician to Hollywood scriptwriter to award-winning writer. His experiences and his dozen tips all combine to provide useful and inspiring fodder for aspiring young writers.

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The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children's author who set out from childhood to be a magician.

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