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Frame-up on the Bowery: A Houdini & Nate Mystery (Houdini and Nate Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2009

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Grade 4–7—Twelve-year-old Nate Fuller returns to solve another mystery alongside his famous mentor, Harry Houdini. In 1911 Manhattan, a prominent stockbroker is the victim of a gruesome murder. Nate is shocked when his good friend Ace, who works for Houdini, is arrested as the "Fifth Avenue Slasher." Both Nate and Houdini are sure that Ace has been framed, but the District Attorney, up for re-election and wanting to wrap up the case, is unwilling to see beyond the incriminating evidence. Nate and Houdini enter the seamy Bowery district to track down the clues that will exonerate their friend. Meanwhile, a younger cousin is dropped off on the Fuller doorstep by her father, who is eager to head west to seek his fortune. While young Allie's presence seems to be an unnecessary distraction through much of the story, she does play a part in its resolution. Lalicki's research into the period and his extensive knowledge of Harry Houdini are evident. As with Nate's past adventures, the coincidences stack up a little too neatly, but the rollicking action and tough-talking characters are appealing. Purchase where the first two books are popular.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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“This third book in Lalicki’s acclaimed Houdini and Nate Mystery series delivers action, appealing characters, and contemporary issues within an engaging historical context.” —VOYA

“Lalicki’s storytelling continues to make good use of historically accurate details while leaving the plot and character development unburdened by explanations that could distance readers from the excitement.” —Booklist Online


Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Houdini and Nate Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,091,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Lalicki is the author of the award-winning Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini which inspired him to write three Houdini & Nate mysteries for young readers: Danger in the Dark, Shots at Sea and Frame-up on the Bowery.

He lives in Westchester county, New York with his best friend (and wife), Barbara, and three outstanding cats.

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This is the third Houdini and Nate mystery I've read and though my kids at 14 and 15 might be getting too old for the series, I'm not! Besides the suspenseful story, I love the picture the author paints of New York City 100 years ago. Lalicki gives us many details that likely will stick with young readers because they don't come across as a boring history lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am going to recommend it to my younger niece and nephew.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. My favorite character in this book is Allie. She was such a sweet heart. My 10 year old daughter also read this and thought it was awesome.
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