Aylea Stephens


Outstanding, Primary, Mara Rockliff, Iacopo Bruno, Magic, Magicians, Nonfiction, Biography, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


Addie never wanted to be ordinary. Even though it shocks her family (and several other people), she went on the stage and performed as a dancer and bicyclist. On her way to America, she met a man named Alexander, but he was known as the famous magician Herrmann the Great. They decide to get married and she joins him in his performances onstage doing magic and even getting shot out of a cannon. When her husband dies, she decides to take the show into her own hands and become the first woman magician. To get people to come, she does the very dangerous, potentially fatal bullet-catching trick.