Disappearing Act

disappearing actAuthor: Sid Fleischman

Illustrator: Chad Beckerman

My rating: 4 of 5

Have you ever felt like just packing your bags and disappearing? When a faceless stalker begins giving them problems, orphans (maybe) Holly and Kevin do just that. Throwing everything they can’t leave behind into Holly’s beat-up VW, the siblings high-tail it to Venice, California, where everyone’s from somewhere else and where you can be whoever you say you are. As the two start fresh as Chickadee and Pep Gomez (singing sensation and fortune-teller extraordinaire, respectively), their stalker seems lifetimes away, but have they really escaped, or is their safety just an illusion?

Disappearing Act is a lot of fun to read. It has a certain spontaneity and conversational tone that make it comfortable and easy to read. Fleischman’s depiction of the culture found among the street performers is brilliant and surprisingly detailed. The story is engaging and has enough unexpected twists to keep the suspense high to the end. Recommended for basically all demographics–an all-around good read.

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