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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sid Fleischman Narrator: Banna Rubinow Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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After World War II, sergeant Freddie T. Birch's ventriloquist act takes a radical turn when he is possessed by the ghost of Avrom Amos, a 12-year-old Jewish boy killed by the Nazis. Though Freddie is deeply annoyed by the little invader, he finds that working together his act goes from third rate to top notch.

Unfortunately for Freddie, Avrom has other things in mind besides just making people laugh. He's on a quest for revenge, and despite the sometimes hilarious havoc it wreaks on Freddie's personal life, the dybbuk plans to track down his Nazi murderer and bring him to justice. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " This is kinda a twisted book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2014

    " Freddie, a former American soldier, has nothing to go home to after World War II, so he tries rather clumsily to make a living for himself in post-war Europe as a ventriloquist. When he is inhabited by a dybbuk (a Jewish spirit), he's scared and mad, but the dybukk, who has a mission that only Freddie can help him with, helps Freddie make a success of his act. The two go on stage with surprising results. -- Age 10 and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leandro Ribeiro | 1/22/2014

    " This book uses true historical events and facts and merges it well with this unique story of a bad ventriloquist and his struggles. The author really thought of something that's one of a kind when he created this book; the story of an ex soldier ventriloquist that is haunted by the spirit of a Jewish child. The ventriloquist, named Freddie, eventually gains popularity due to his "skills" given by the ghost. Although he reaches fame thanks to the spirit he must then return the favor and commit to duties for the ghost boy. The story takes place post World War II and merges well with the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ezra | 1/19/2014

    " this is supposedly a children's book but honestly I think it's way too brutal for young children. Maybe young adults? It's a good story, and well-written, but the discordance between the Juvenile Fiction layout (large typeface, small book) and the "adult" themes (nazi brutality) were confusing to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/2/2014

    " Fleischman is a great writer and this was interesting, because I'm interested in tales about the Holocaust. But I didn't think that it surprised me much--I learned more about the history but not more about the characters or human nature, so I don't think it will be on the short list for the Newbery. But I'm still glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madlyn | 12/18/2013

    " I thought it was a great book..sorta taught me about the adof hitler history but in a good and thrilling way of describing it...the dybuck really gave it that POP!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/11/2013

    " A cute story, not heavy with details about the holocaust. A story about revenge. It was a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/8/2013

    " A clever plot, and very well-written. It's a quick read, with a wonderful karmic lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista Ivy | 12/5/2013

    " a fast and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston Weinzerl | 11/30/2013

    " I thought this book was one of the best books I have evre read. It was so easy to get into. I was sad when it was over. I am not very much of a reader but in one night i read it for an hour and ten minutes! Its a really easy book to read, but its definatley worth your while! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/4/2013

    " i have this book if u dont belive me ask me at school "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/4/2013

    " An easy read, and I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Secret | 10/3/2013

    " Nothing spectacular. It was a fast interesting read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Grady | 6/5/2013

    " I avoided this book for a long time mainly because of the goofy cover. I ended up reading it in a day. It was an easy book and an interesting take on the Holocaust. I liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Apiag | 6/8/2012

    " Kinda creepy...but really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 10/9/2011

    " A bit bizarre and definitely not one of the best children's books about the Holocaust. Rated as children's fiction, but I don't think the 12 and under set would appreciate or "get" some of this book. This is definitely one of those books that can be judged by its cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 6/9/2011

    " A thin little book that tells the story of a young Jewish victim who comes back as a dybbuk to finish business with his Nazi killer. It cleverly balances the truth of the dark details of how Jewish children were killed for sport with a funny and witty dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noellebastian | 5/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed listening to this on tape. It was so interesting to learn more real life details about the real Houdini. I would read this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorri | 3/3/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this and although the style of writing wasn't magical, I though the author gave a clear picture of Houdini and was able to add insights through his own magic career. I have nothing to complain about, hence the 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2011

    " This book did not hold my interest. It has more to do with not liking Houdini than the book. One caveat - every boy I have recommended this book to has loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2011

    " This book bored me which is not what I expected when dealing with Houdini. I felt that Fleischman's book about Charlie Chaplin was a much better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/5/2010

    " Very good reader; repetitive, but informative too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 8/28/2010

    " I've read a lot of books about this great man, and this is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boston | 8/20/2010

    " Weird yet, interesting… did you know he drank tea through his ear? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 7/19/2010

    " Great juvenile non-fiction that's enjoyable for adults too. Houdini was a fascinating person to learn about. Apparently he had an ego the size of Jupiter, which is probably why he attempted what he did and became so famous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 7/7/2010

    " Houdini was such an interesting character that I could hardly put this book down. I really enjoyed the author's comments because he was formerly a professional magician. One of the gems of this book are the many rare and interesting photographs of Houdini from many stages of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/13/2010

    " Very interesting. I never knew Houdini escaped from the shackled corpse of a mysterious sea monster in 1911. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bre | 1/10/2010

    " This book was extremely boring. It was like one fact after another. I wouldn't want anyone else to read this. "

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About the Author
Author Sid Fleischman

Sid Fleischman (1920–2010) wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid.