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Anything But Ordinary Addie

By Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Be astonished and dazzled by the true story of Adelaide Herrmann, the Queen of Magic!

Some girls are perfectly happy never doing anything out of the ordinary. But Addie was anything but ordinary. She longed for thrills and excitement! At a time when a young lady appearing onstage was considered most unusual, Addie defied convention and became a dancer. And when she married the world-famous magician Herrmann the Great, she knew she had to be part of his show. Addie wanted to shock and dazzle! She would do anything to draw the crowds, even agree to be shot out of a cannon. But when Herrmann the Great died, Addie couldn’t disappoint her loyal fans — the show had to go on. What could she do? She would perform the show all by herself! From the creators of Mesmerized, this rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician’s rise to glory, featuring exquisitely lavish illustrations by Iacopo Bruno. Extensive back matter, including instructions for performing one of Addie’s original tricks, makes this a dazzling celebration of one of the first female conjurers in show business.

  • Features Iacopo Bruno's lavish and exquisitely detailed artwork, with full-bleed spreads packed with beautiful elements to pore over.
  • Golden Kite and Zolotow Honor Award winner Mara Rockliff's humorous and lively text makes this an action-packed page-turner and also features extensive back matter about Adelaide Hermann, a link to further information via the author website, and even a lesson on how to perform one of Addie's own tricks!
  • A very empowering true story for girls (and boys) everywhere that teaches the importance of following the beat of your own drum, perfect for lovers of magic, vaudeville, and theatre.

About the author

Mara Rockliff is the author of many books for children, including Mesmerized, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, and the Golden Kite Award winner Me and Momma and Big John, illustrated by William Low. Mara Rockliff lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

About the illustrator

Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and the illustrator of Mesmerized. He lives in Milan, Italy.

ISBN: 9780763668419
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Dimensions: 229 x 300mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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