First there's Harry Houdini, the all famous escape artist and magician who is famous for escaping death, until he tragically died in 1926. And then there's Harry Mancini, a twentieth century kid who wasn't named after Houdini. Harry Mancini was born in the house that Houdini lived in though, which probably explains why Harry knows everything there is to know about the former occupant of his house. But after an accident that involved a tunnel, a train, a quarter, a nickel, four pennies, and a really bad decision, Harry Mancini gets a mysterious gift from a stranger, an old flip phone that, to Harry's disappointment doesn't work.
But soon Harry starts receiving text messages from someone who claims to be Houdini! Harry doesn't believe it at first, but when the evidence starts piling up, and Houdini wants Harry to switch places with him, he wonders.... could Harry Houdini being trying out his most famous escape of all, escaping from death itself?
This book is a fantastic read and is filled with all sorts of true facts about Harry Houdini and his life, and its a great message about how friends stick up for each other, and how easy it is to face your fears.