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Featured books by Mary Pope Osborne

Share history, science, heroes, and epic stories — all introduced by master storyteller Mary Pope Osborne. If you don't know Jack and Annie, you'll find their time travel adventures as fascinating as they are diverse. You'll also meet an eight-foot tall firefighter, a Celtic giant, an ancient Greek wanderer, and others in books by this author. So, read on — and travel to different times and places. You're sure to find the journey enjoyable and enlightening.

A Good Night for Ghosts

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this latest installment of the ever-popular series, Jack and Annie go to New Orleans on All Saint's Day in 1915 to find a young musician named Louis Armstrong. Music, mystery and ghosts combine for another riveting quest for the sibling adventurers.

American Tall Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Michael McCurdy
Illustrated by: Michael McCurdy
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet heroes (and heroines) in these well-told tales of fictitious and actual characters from American folklore. These tales are ideal for reading aloud, and are illustrated with strong-lined wood engravings.

Ancient Greece and the Olympics (A Magic Treehouse Research Guide)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Where and how the Olympics began is explored in this factual companion to Hour of the Olympics (one in the fantasy series in which siblings Annie and Jack time travel). The informational book stands alone or can augment the novel (for 6-9 year olds) as they explore the origins of the Olympics.

Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House #33)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jack and Annie head to a Venice of long ago on a mission for Merlin to save the city from a devastating flood. History and time travel meld for an imaginative, informative jaunt.

Civil War on Sunday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Louisa May Alcott briefly worked as a nurse during the Civil War before becoming ill herself. In this fantasy, Jack and Annie travel back to the Civil War, meeting Clara Barton and help nurse the soldiers wounded in battle.

Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Travel back to the 19th century with Jack and Annie on another mission for Merlin — this one involving the South Pacific, sea travel with early scientists, and the search for a sea monster.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Time-traveling siblings, Jack and Annie, are celebrating their 20th anniversary in print. Join them on their first fantastic adventure to the time of dinosaurs. The occasion is celebrated with new illustrations, updated dino-info, and a letter from the author.

Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House #37)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Travel with Annie and Jack to the city of Edo in 17th century Japan on a Merlin Mission to find one of the secrets of happiness. The siblings spend an exciting day with the wise and respected teacher, Basho, using their research skills for a fast-paced, informative, and fantastic adventure.

Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Magic Tree House #40)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack find themselves in remote and frozen Antarctica in contemporary times on a mission to save a small orphan — and Merlin himself. Fact combines with fantasy though readers can learn more about the place and its inhabitants in a companion volume, Penguins and Antarctica: A Magic Tree House Research Guide.

Favorite Medieval Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Troy Howell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Language and art combine to recreate long ago times of long ago heroes. Meet Fin M'Coul, Arthur, and others in these sophisticated tales. Ideal for reading aloud to mature readers.

Happy Birthday, America

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Peter Catalanotto
Illustrated by: Peter Catalanotto
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Realistic watercolors present the summer celebration a boy shares with his family on the 4th of July. The day's activities range from a pet parade and games to a barbeque and concert. The patriotic performance concludes with fireworks, after which the family returns home, tired but happy. The story is inspired by an actual community gala.

Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Magic Tree House #30)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack go back in time to Camelot to a haunted castle to find the Stone of Destiny. Their quest involves lots of spooky things as well as an apprentice wizard, Morgan LeFay's nephew.

High Tide in Hawaii

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Hawaii is home to no less than 8 national parks where magic abounds in natural wonders such as the Volcanoes National Park. In this Magic Tree House installment, Jack and Annie are instructed to find a "special magic" in old Hawaii. They find it in Hawaii's beauty and the drama of natural disasters!

Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack travel back in time to the first Olympic games to retrieve a lost story. There they learn a lot about what girls were — and were not — permitted to do in Ancient Greece.

Leprechaun in Late Winter

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sam Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack travel to a long-ago Ireland to inspire Augusta to share her creativity with near calamitous results. How the sibling team solves the problem and achieves their mission is a worthy addition to this appealing series.

Magic Tree House Survival Guide

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Natalie Pope Boyce
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jack and Annie share what they've learned about survival throughout their time travel adventures. They provide tips when lost in the wilderness, how to make it through a natural disaster and more. Practical advice even for unlikely events (such as surviving on spiders) adds another entertaining though factual "what-if" element.

Magic Tree House: Books 1-4

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While probably best enjoyed as audio books, these unabridged readings are ideal for both boys and girls. The books combine a bit of information and an easy fantasy for satisfying stories.

New York's Bravest

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Steve Johnson
Illustrated by: Steve Johnson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When others ran from trouble, eight foot tall Mose Humphreys ran toward it as an extraordinary New York City firefighter. This larger-than-life story is actually a tall tale, an urban legend based on a real firefighter who lived in the 1840s. Text and illustration combine to create a fast-paced celebration of heroism and the man who earned the gratitude of an entire city.

One-Eyed Giant: Tales from the Odyssey

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Troy Howell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greek gods often interfere with humans as they do with Odysseus and his men as they head home after the Trojan Wars. The start of their journey is vividly retold and newly illustrated for younger listeners and readers.

Penguins and Antarctica: Magic Tree House Research Guide

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This lively, informative companion volume to Eve of the Emperor Penguin provides more particulars about the Antarctica and its inhabitants. This book, as well as others in the series, will encourage children to want to learn more.

Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sam Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This companion volume to Annie and Jack's colonial adventure (Thanksgiving on Thursday in the Magic Tree House), provides information about those who arrived on the Mayflower, what they confronted, and more. Illustrations enhance the accessible information, as do occasional asides from Jack and Annie.

Stallion by Starlight

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Siblings Jack and Annie time travel to ancient Greece to help Alexander the Great, successfully read by the book's author.

Thanksgiving on a Thursday (Magic Tree House #27)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Once again, Annie and Jack travel back in time from the Magic Tree House, this time to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet Indians and Pilgrims as well as gain an understanding of the difficult life during that period.

The Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join siblings Annie and Jack on their first eight magical adventures as read by the author.

Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House #23)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack travel back to an earlier time to a one-room school house on the prairie in 19th century America. Not only do they learn about pioneer life, but they also brave a tornado to save the teacher and her students.

Twisters & Other Terrible Storms: Magic Tree House Research Guide

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Find out more about tornadoes and other major storms in this research guide that augments information introduced in Twister on Tuesday. This book, as well as others in the series, are strong enough to stand alone.

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