The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr, aka Houdini
by Peter Johnson
This book will be an inspiration to any middle grade reader who is feeling the growing pains in the worst way. It gripped me from the first sentence to the closing sentence. It is, without a doubt, the most authentic child's voice I have read since Catcher in the Rye. A lot of adults try to sound like children in their writing- Peter Johnson succeeds. Don't be put off by the cover- it looks very young. But this book is definitely not intended for young readers. I would say 12-13 year-olds would be the ideal audience.
--Katherine from Books Inc. Laurel Village