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Piper Houdini Apprentice of Coney Island Hardcover – February 18, 2016
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"A wildly entertaining story...Plenty of storytelling magic."--Kirkus Reviews
"...strong central characters, evocative writing, and an atmospheric setting result in a fresh and fun novel." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Glenn Herdling, a graduate of Bucknell University and post-graduate ofNew York University, began his publishing career in 1987 as an editorand writer at Marvel Comics. He was born and raised in New Jersey wherehe currently works in the healthcare and financial sectors struggling to make insurance documents read like plain English. He has contributed to numerous published works and has written over 80 comic books. PiperHoudini: Apprentice of Coney Island is his first novel.
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I can count on one hand the number of young adult series I've read since becoming a full-fledged adult--Harry Potter and Hunger Games among that lot. Piper Houdini joins the ranks of some of the best-told and beloved stories on my library/Kindle shelf.
It's the 1920s, the age of flappers and prohibition; Calvin Coolidge is in the White House and the world's greatest entertainer is the legendary magician Harry Houdini. So imagine her shock when a skinny, redheaded orphan girl discovers that Houdini is her uncle and that she's been sent to live with him and his wife Bess. Thus starts her journey into the realm of the paranormal and arcane, for in this world, magic is very real.
Mr. Herdling's research into the language, fashions, and tropes of the roaring 20s should be applauded. So thorough is the immersion into that era, this book could very well be catalogued as historical fiction. Herdling's prose is as smooth as an 18-year-old single malt, and his vocabulary appropriate to the era. Mr. Herdling's creativity with words unspools the tale in you mind like a movie.
One part Goosebumps, one part Lemony Snickett, one part Harry Potter, and one part Little Orphan Annie gets you Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island.
Our heroine is strong, but curious, and being pulled in dozens of directions by the powerful characters she's surrounded by. Watching her try to discover who she is, and her place in the world, with strength she may not realize she has is what kept me up several nights past my bedtime.
Mr. Herdling is very talented at writing from a child's point of view, and possesses a strong working knowledge of history/mythology. He weaves both into a strong story here. Highly recommended!
Another great character is a zombie named Henri that belongs to Piper’s best friend. This zombie owes more to the traditional voodoo variety than the Walking Dead strain, which makes him all the more endearing—and terrifying at the same time. I can’t wait to see what happens to all of them in the second book!