Double or Nothing

Marc Talbert, Author, Toby Gowing, Illustrator
Marc Talbert, Author, Toby Gowing, Illustrator Dial Books $15 (129p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0832-7
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
This tender and sensitive novel celebrates a boy's devotion, faith and wonder. Although Uncle Frank's death has left Sam with a tremendous sense of loss, grief becomes mingled with excitement when the nine-year-old receives a large collection of magic tricks--the tools of his uncle's trade. Already an amateur magician, Sam prepares a one-man show to commemorate his late uncle's birthday. During his debut, Sam discovers a new kind of magic that is produced by his captive audience. Even though the real star of this novel--Phantasmagoric Frank--is dead when the story begins, his whimsy and wisdom will be felt as his nephew recalls past events. While focusing on Sam's attempts to emulate his idol, Talbert ( Toby ; The Paper Knife ) expresses poetic, keenly perceptive ideas about people and their visions of the world. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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