Disappearing Act by Sid Fleischman

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An unseen man they call the Toad is stalking twelve-year-old Kevin and his older sister, Holly. They flee town in Holly's beat-up old car, driving west until they reach the Pacific Ocean. They change their names and attempt to hide in plain sight as street performers in Venice, California. But have they really eluded the Toad?

From the opening sentence, this page-turner of a novel is alive with surprise twists and suspense. Imagine a buried city made entirely of gold! Watch big Bumpy Rhoades juggle twenty-pound watermelons on the boardwalk. Meet Daisy, an aspiring artist with braces on her teeth who helps Kevin become a beachside fortune-teller. And notice the man in the white suit? Is he the Toad?

Here is Newbery Medalist and former professional magician Sid Fleischman doing what he does best - spinning a tale with style, comic touches, and a double-barreled theme lurking behind the laughter.

 

About Sid Fleischman

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Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.
 
Published April 15, 2003 by Greenwillow Books. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference. Fiction

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They rename themselves “Gomez,” and Kevin (as “Pepe”) turns his energies to making a living with the busking community on the beach, while Holly (as “Chickadee”) gets a role as Mimi in a beachfront production of La Bohème—when the Toad shows up and threatens everything.

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A 12-year-old and his aspiring opera singer sister flee from a stalker. They don't know what he wants, but perhaps it has something to do with their missing mother. "Fleischman again unlea

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From the opening lines of this sprightly adventure ("Hear that screaming? That's my sister, Holly. It's not exactly screaming. It's singing") readers know they are in good hands

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En route from New Mexico to Southern California, they wash up in Venice Beach, where they rent a room from Miss Fiesta Foote, a plump movie extra, rename themselves Pepe and Chickadee Gomez, and scare up jobs on the boardwalk (Kevin tells fortunes;

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A 12-year-old and his aspiring opera singer sister flee from a stalker.

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