THe amazing Harry kellar, great american magician

Calkins Creek, 2012, ages 8 to adult
ISBN hardcover 978-1-59078-865-3
ISBN ebook 978-1-62979-170-8

Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The most well-known American magician at the turn of the twentieth century! The model for the Wizard of Oz!

Kellar performed on six continents and was the first American-born magician to achieve international fame. He could make a man disappear, levitate a woman, and decapitate himself. Audiences loved him.

This biography of Kellar (1849-1922) follows the great illusionist from his days as a magician's assistant during the Civil War to his travels as an international superstar. Kellar entertained emperors, kings, presidents, and thousands of children and their parents.

What Reviewers Say:

Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Nominee 2013 (YALSA-ALA)
Best Children's Books of 2012 - Kirkus Reviews
Orbis Pictus Recommended Nonfiction Book for Children, 2013 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Bank Street Best Children's Books of 2013
Nonfiction Honor List, VOYA
TriState Young Adult Books of Note 2013
Kansas NEA Reading Circle Commission, Top Selected Title
Missouri State Teachers Association Reading Circle Selection
Charlotte Award Nominee 2014 - NY State Reading Association
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
Starred Review, School Library Journal
Starred Review, Library Media Connection


"A first-rate visual presentation accompanies a fascinating biography of the first dean of the Society of American Magicians, a man Houdini regarded as a mentor." ~Kirkus Reviews

“Jarrow includes just the right mix of biographical information, anecdotes, and descriptions of the performer’s illusions...An excellent example of nonfiction that is readable, visually appealing, and well researched.” ~School Library Journal

“Though it’s loaded with photographs, the real visual treats here are the dozens of reproduced posters used to advertise Kellar’s shows.” ~Booklist

“This book is a must-have for all biography collections.” ~Library Media Connection

"Jarrow's book is fun and engaging--reading it is kind of like going to a magic show. Each section begins with a full page color promotional poster from Kellar's performances."

"The Amazing Harry Kellar, Great American Magician is a fantastic book for young readers, adults, and especially magicians. It would certainly make a great gift for anyone interested in magic or interested in the history of the theatre or entertainment." ~ Dean Carnegie,

"Gail Jarrow weaves the story of a Golden Age giant, and it's just right for kids....The book is beautifully designed and illustrated...The Amazing Harry Kellar just might spark interest in an adolescent who is looking for a magical hero." ~ Magic Magazine