The Houdini Inheritance


Meet Sailor, Moses, Wader and Shrimp. A gang of four Victorian children condemned to searching through the sludge under Putney Bridge for anything they can sell to make ends meet – the Mudlarkers! Wader has found a letter in a bottle, washed up on the riverbank. The note is mysterious and confusing and it’s followed by another one the very next day. Who is sending them? Why is Wader the only one who can read them? And what is this magic that he’s being warned of, about to befall the river?

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Magic shows and mysteries abound in this showstopping new standalone from a bestselling author who has sold close to a million copies of these middle-grade adventures!

The English seaside, 1920s

A world famous escape artist . . .
A suitcase full of secrets . . .
And a death-defying stunt . . .

When Harry Houdini comes to visit the seaside town of Sidford-on-Sea, Glory and her friend Dennis are first in-line to see him. He is there to perform a daring trick: he will jump off the town pier in chains, pitching himself into the water below. But when Glory outsmarts the infamous Houdini, she is suddenly sucked into his world, and finds herself tasked with looking after his precious trunk – the one that contains all his secrets.

With Houdini in danger, Glory and Dennis are thrown deep into an adventure that takes them all the way to Coney Island in America, and the dark underbelly of its amusement parks . . .

Utterly thrilling.’ Abi Elphinstone
Magical.’ Katya Balen
An absolute cracker.’ Hilary McKay
A page-turning, plot-twisting, mind-bending treat.’ Piers Torday
Bursting with excitement, action and heart.’ Jasbinder Bilan
Emma Carroll at her dazzling, storytelling best.’ Phil Earle

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm










Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J


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