Kid’s Book Review: The Houdini Inheritance

Kid’s Book Review: The Houdini Inheritance

About the Book and Author

When Harry Houdini comes to visit the seaside town of Sidford-on-Sea, Glory and her friend Dennis are first in-line to see him. He is there to perform a daring trick: he will jump off the town pier in chains, pitching himself into the water below. But when Glory outsmarts the infamous Houdini, she is suddenly sucked into his world, and finds herself tasked with looking after his precious trunk – the one that contains all his secrets.

With Houdini in danger, Glory and Dennis are thrown deep into an adventure that takes them all the way to Coney Island in America, and the dark underbelly of its amusement parks . . .

Emma Carroll author

Emma Carroll was a secondary school English teacher for many years. he has also written the highly-acclaimed Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked on Air, In Darkling Wood, The Snow Sister, Strange Star, Letters from the Lighthouse, The Week at World’s End and Secrets of a Sun King and The Tale of Truthwater Lake.

Book Review

There is always room for kindness

I really enjoyed this book because it was fun and interesting! The way it was written took me on a journey back in time. I learnt things which I never knew. I hadn’t heard of Harry Houdini before and the illusions/magic he performed left me feeling amazed. I really enjoy the way Emma Carroll writes because her use of vocabulary is really powerful, it captures your imagination really well and you feel part of the adventure. This book had lots of twists and turns but I managed to solve the mystery before the end of the book.

Glory’s life wasn’t easy. She lived with her sister and her Mum lived abroad – I can’t imagine how hard this would have been. Despite this, she appeared to have dealt with this really well, her character reflected this as she was kind, confident and a great friend. Whereas Mrs Crandon was just mean, whatever happened to her in her life, she didn’t deal with it very well.

I believe this book is telling the reader ‘not to give up even when your enemies are trying to stop you’. It shows you it is good to persevere even when things aren’t going your way. I would recommend this book for confident readers from age 9+. Sometimes everyone goes through really tough times in life but this does not mean you have to be a horrible person and you have to find the light in the world and stay true to who you really are. There is always room for kindness.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book we invite you to order it from your local independent book shop.

Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian.

Whichever you choose we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!

Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Lilyana
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: Swimming, reading and kindness
  • Dislikes: unkindness and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
  • Favourite Song: Haus of Holbein by SiX
  • Favourite Movie: Descendants 3