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Born of Illusion
Contributor(s): Brown, Teri (Author)

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ISBN: 0062187554     ISBN-13: 9780062187550
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2014
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Annotation: Set in 1920s New York City, budding magician Anna Van Housen, who has spent her whole life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother, struggles to hide the fact the she actually possesses the very abilities her mother fakes.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Visionary & Metaphysical
- Young Adult Fiction | Romance - General
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 13-UP
Grade Level: 8-UP
Lexile Measure: 720 HL (High-Low)
Series: Born of Illusion
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 5.2" W x 7.8" (0.65 lbs) 373 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 168799
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 14.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Brown, Teri: -

Teri Brown is most proud of her children, but coming in a close second is the fact that she jumped out of an airplane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, food fixer, kitty keeper, and city slicker. She is also the author of the Born of Illusion novels. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland, Oregon.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
A gifted stage magician, Anna can sometimes glimpse the future and sense the emotions of others, a power that becomes stronger soon after she meets a young Englishman. Brown gets the historical details of 1920s New York right, and while the pacing lags, Anna's strong personality and her complex relationship with her mother, as well as a slightly supernatural romance, provide teen appeal.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #3)
Anna is the teenage daughter of Madame Van Housen, "Medium and Mentalist Extraordinaire," and she has been told all her life that she is also the daughter of Harry Houdini, though she's never been sure if it's true. A gifted magician in her own right, Anna can sometimes glimpse the future and also has the ability to sense the emotions of others, a power that becomes stronger soon after she meets a young Englishman named Cole. Although Anna loves her magic act, she is uncomfortable with the seances she and her mother do, especially after a young man killed in World War I speaks through her to his grieving mother. Brown gets the little historical details of 1920s New York life right, from the clothes to the restaurants to the public's interest in the occult. The pacing lags in the middle and the book is too long, but the first-person present-tense narration gives it immediacy. Anna's strong personality and her complex relationship with her mother (who mixes love with professional jealousy), as well as a slightly supernatural romance, provide lots of teen appeal. susan dove lempke
 
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