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Featured books by Sid Fleischman

Travel by sea, elephant and magic with Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman. Meet a tall-tale-teller who farms, siblings who call on their forebears for help, a famous escape artist, get to know a writer or 2 rather personally, and more — all while you read books by Sid Fleischman. So grab a book, find a spot to read — and maybe someone to share the many laughs that you’ll have as you meet the remarkable characters in these and other books.

Bandit's Moon

By: Sid Fleischman
Illustrated by: Joseph A. Smith
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annyrose narrates her adventurous saga of life with a Mexican Robin Hood-like bandit as she tries to find her brother who's off trying to get rich during the California Gold Rush. Part historical fiction, part tall tale, Annyrose is sure to delight readers of all ages.

By the Great Horn Spoon!

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jack leaves the comfort of his aunt's Boston home lured west by the California Gold Rush. Accompanied by his aunt's British butler, Praiseworthy and Jack find not just riches to save his aunt but lots of memorable characters and lots of adventure.

Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How did a poor boy named Ehrich Weiss became the famous escape artist, Harry Houdini? The author, best known for his original tall tales and novels, demonstrates his ability to tell a spellbinding true story and shares his appreciation for the mystery of magic.

Ghost in the Noonday Sun

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Twelve-year old Oliver is kidnapped, pressed into service on a pirate ship, and finds adventure that includes outwitting a ghost who guards pirate treasure. Rich language is used in this fast-paced, exhilarating adventure tale.

Here Comes McBroom: Three More Tall Tales

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Three outrageous tales told by Josh McBroom, the farmer of an amazing one-acre farm, are compiled here, just right for reading and laughing out loud: "McBroom Makes Rain," "McBroom's Ghost," and "McBroom's Zoo."

The Entertainer and the Dybbuk

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A former American soldier stays in post World War II Europe as a ventriloquist, having little success until he meets Avrom Amos. Avrom is really a dybbuk, the ghost of a 12-year old boy killed by Nazis, back now to avenge his own and other children's deaths.

The Giant Rat of Sumatra or Pirates Galore

By: Sid Fleischman
Illustrated by: John Hendrix
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A cabin boy winds up on an infamous pirate ship called the Giant Rat of Sumatra — and in the middle of the war with Mexico. Swashbuckling adventure moves swiftly along even as the boy yearns to return to New England and pirate Captain Gallows to leave the sea.

The Troubles Begin at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West

By: Sid Fleischman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The early life and travels of the man who some claim changed American literature forever is presented with lively humor and wit, insight — all highly readable. What emerges is a readable, engrossing, and fast-paced look at the man who was born at 8.

The Whipping Boy

By: Sid Fleischman
Illustrated by: Peter Sís
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Prince Brat is a well-earned nickname; the rude, selfish royal even has a commoner to take his licks which happen daily. The prince decides to run away, taking Jemmy with him where adventures ensue and a friendship evolves. This is reminiscent of Twain's Prince and the Pauper though clearly for younger readers.

The White Elephant

By: Sid Fleischman
Illustrated by: Robert McGuire
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Run Run is a young elephant handler – a mahout – who lives in old Siam with his beloved elephant, Walking Mountain. When the boy and his elephant accidentally insult a spiteful prince, Run Run turns the prince's "gift that is a curse" — a sacred white elephant — into a blessing. Their riveting story is told by a Newbery Medal-winning author.

Thirteenth Floor: A Ghost Story

By: Sid Fleischman
Illustrated by: Peter Sís
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

After their parents' death, 12-year old Bud is in the custody of his sister. Faced with the prospect of selling their family home to repay debts, Bud and Liz go back in time to find help and to save a ancestor accused of being a witch. And it all starts on the 13th floor…

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