I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the info about Houdini between the chapter-just enough to lead a kid to the library for more if they were intrigued. Jack's learning that family is what you make it really struck a chord w/me. My only problem was in the end he went back w/the Professor even though he basically traded his soul away. I know forgiveness is something to encourage but this was an extreme betrayal that I'm not sure was forgivable. It did make me think on the issue long after I had finished and I guess thats what a good book should do.