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Mary Pope Osborne

Paul Coughlin

“I’m one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living. There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children’s book author.”—Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the popular Magic Tree House series. She works with her husband Will and her sister Natalie on the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Many of her books have been named to best-books lists.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“I grew up in the military. By the time I was 15, I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. Moving was never traumatic for me, but staying in one place was. When my dad finally retired to a small town in North Carolina, I nearly went crazy with boredom. I craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life. Miraculously, one day I found these things, literally only a block away—at the local community theater. From then on, I spent nearly every waking hour after school there.

“After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970s, I lived an intensely varied life. For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete. Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to ‘The East.’ We traveled through 11 Asian countries and nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then in a riot in Kabul. My trip came to an abrupt halt in Katmandu when I got blood poisoning. During the two weeks I spent in a missionary hospital there, I read all of the Tolkien trilogy. To this day, my journey to ‘The East’ is tangled up in my mind with Frodo’s adventures.

“After I returned home and recovered from my illness, I promptly headed back into the real world. I worked as a window dresser, as a medical assistant, and as a Russian travel consultant. One night I attended the opening of a musical about Jesse James. From the balcony, I fell in love with Will Osborne, the actor/musician playing Jesse. I loved his boots and his white cowboy hat; I loved how he sang and strummed the guitar. A year later, in New York City, we were married.

“Thereafter, when I wasn’t on the road with Will, I worked as a waitress, taught acting classes in a nursing home, was a bartender, and had a job as an assistant editor for a children’s magazine.

“Then one day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South. The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood. The first draft was crudely written, but it must have communicated something to an editor, because shortly after I finished, it became a young adult novel called Run, Run Fast as You Can. Finally, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

"Now 24 years and 80 books later, I think I’m one of the most fortunate people on earth. Whenever I work on a book, I feel as if I’ve traveled to some amazing place in the world. Writing Tales from the Odyssey, I sailed with Odysseus through the ancient Greek world. Working on the Spider Kane Mysteries, I spent time in an abandoned cottage garden with a group of nutty and wonderful insects. Working on my novel Haunted Waters, I lived in a haunted castle with a sea spirit. While working on my new picture book, Pompeii: Lost and Found, I felt as if I myself were excavating an ancient Roman city. And of course, with my Magic Tree House series, I take daily journeys with Jack and Annie to different times and places, from the prehistoric world of dinosaurs to the world of Camelot. Though there are 36 books of fiction and 13 non-fiction books in the Magic Tree House series now, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of places to travel to in my imagination.

"The Magic Tree House has also whisked me to schools all over the country, and the contact I now have with millions of readers has brought overwhelming joy into my life. I love the letters I get and I love reading the countless Magic Tree House stories that children themselves have written. I feel as if my readers and I are all exploring the creative process together, using our imaginations and writing skills to take us wherever we want to go. This, I tell my small fellow authors, is true magic."


MARY POPE OSBORNE ON THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES

We passed an old dilapidated tree house . . .

I spent a year trying different ways to get two kids back in time. I tried an enchanted cellar with magic whistles, an enchanted museum, and an enchanted artist’s studio. I wrote seven different manuscripts using different magical devices and nothing worked. Then on a walk in the country with my husband, we passed an old dilapidated tree house. We started talking about the tree house . . . and continued talking about it. The next day I tried writing about it—to see if it might possibly be magic. And it was.

I’m aching to hang out with penguins . . .

My stories always coincide with my personal interests, which seem fairly unlimited at this point. I find that the more you learn, the more you want to learn. I want to take Jack and Annie to Antarctica. I’m aching to hang out with penguins.

They started dreaming me up . . .

At first I just dreamed Jack and Annie up. They seem so happy and complete. I don’t want to subject them to the awful peer pressure that comes with growing older. They’d probably start hanging around the mall instead of climbing into the tree house.

My brothers and I had great adventures on our bikes and in the woods and on the beach where we lived. We felt as though we’d been to far distant worlds by the time we came home—adventures we happily kept to ourselves. I want kids to live through Jack and Annie’s independent journeys as well as their own!

It’s harmonious teamwork . . .

My editor has had an incalculable impact on these books. She has worked on all [the] books to date, and has been a great inspiration and guide. The series has a wonderful illustrator, Sal Murdocca. Sal researches the illustrations himself, and he’s very flexible and open to my ideas. The series’ designer and editor also have input into the art. It’s harmonious teamwork.


MARY POPE OSBORNE ON MARY POPE OSBORNE

I’m a creature of constant change . . .

No two days of writing for the last 20 odd years have been the same. I write at every time of the day. I carry my laptop to every part of the house—or to places outside the house. I’m a creature of constant change. I do a lot of research before I start writing, but I do a great deal more after I start writing, as I confront more and more questions about the subject matter.

I’m living an extraordinary life . . .

The best part of being a writer is being transported to other places and living other experiences. By surrounding myself with the smells, weather, animals, and people of imaginary landscapes, I feel as if I’m living an extraordinary life. The worst part of being a writer is not having enough time or energy to write all the things I want to write.

I started writing poetry in high school . . .

I was living in North Carolina and I loved the work of Thomas Wolfe. Not until my late twenties did I have any idea I could be a writer. I only knew that I loved living in my imagination, and that no matter what job I was doing, my mind and thoughts were elsewhere. I was ready to settle for being a professional daydreamer.

I’ve had too many favorite authors to list . . .

As a child, I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett and Laura Ingalls Wilder. In my teen years: Thomas Wolfe, J. D. Salinger, Hermann Hesse, and Jack Kerouac. In my twenties: Tolstoy, Nabokov, E. B. White, and Colette. Since then I’ve had too many to list. The Little Princess, The Three Ugly Sisters, and Big Farmer Big were my favorite books.

To aspiring writers:

Write, write, write. Always try to have fun and at the same time always do the hard work of rewriting.

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children and young adults, including novels, picture books, biographies, mysteries, and retellings of fairy tales, myths, and tall tales. She has completed two terms as president of the Author’s Guild, the leading organization for professional writers in the United States.


PRAISE


THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES

“Mary Pope Osborne provides nicely paced excitement for young readers, and there’s just enough information mixed in so that children will take away some historical fact along with a sense of accomplishment at having completed a chapter book.”—Children’s Literature on the Magic Tree House series

“A rousing adventure tale filled with dancing fairies, white stags, and hideous beasts.”—School Library Journal on Christmas in Camelot


AMERICAN TALL TALES

—A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
—A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
—An NCSS–CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
—An ABC Children’s Booksellers’ Choice Award


MOONHORSE

—An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
—A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year


SPIDER KANE AND THE MYSTERY AT JUMBO NIGHTCRAWLER’S

—An Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery


SPIDER KANE AND THE MYSTERY UNDER THE MAY-APPLE

—A Parents’ Choice Story Book Honor
—A Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Book of the Year


ONE WORLD, MANY RELIGIONS
The Ways We Worship

—An Orbis Pictus Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English


Author Bookshelf

Adaline Falling Star

By: Mary Pope Osborne

After her mother dies, Adaline is sent to live in St. Louis while her father–the famous scout Kit Carson–explores the West. But cruel relatives and her own daring nature soon force Adaline to extreme...

American Tall Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Michael McCurdy

The perfect addition to every family’s home library and just right for sharing aloud, American Tall Tales introduces readers to America’s first folk heroes in nine wildly exaggerated and downright funny stories.
...

Magic Tree House #10: Ghost Town at Sundown

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Is this town HAUNTED?

Jack and Annie wonder when the Magic Tree House whisks them to...




Magic Tree House #11: Lions at Lunchtime

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

"Where are the lions?"

Jack wonders when the Magic Tree House whisks him and his sister...



Magic Tree House #12: Polar Bears Past Bedtime

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It's icicle city . . .

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen...



Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Who wants to vacation next to a volcano?

Jack and Annie are about to find out when the...




Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Who would burn books?

Jack and Annie find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to...



Magic Tree House #15: Viking Ships at Sunrise

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

"Beware of Vikings!"

warns Morgan. Then Jack and Annie are whisked back to ancient Ireland....



Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

No girls allowed at the Olympic Games!

That's the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks...




Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Titanic trouble!

Jack and Annie are in for an exciting, scary, and sad adventure when...



Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Hello, buffalo!

That's what Jack and Annie say when the Magic Tree House whisks them...



Magic Tree House #19: Tigers at Twilight

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Tigers in trouble?

That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks...




Magic Tree House 20th Anniversary Edition: Dinosaurs Before Dark

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

We are celebrating by bringing full color to the Cretaceous period—full-color art that is! This jacketed hardcover edition boasts new artwork, plus extras, like an interview between the creators,...

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark Book & CD Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

THE BOOK THAT started it all is now in a new package with a CD of the author reading the story. Whether kids are fans or new to the bestselling Magic Tree House series, this package makes for a magical read-and-listen
experience.
When...

Magic Tree House #20: Dingoes at Dinnertime

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Wildfire!

That's what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the...




Magic Tree House #21: Civil War on Sunday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Cannon fire!

That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back...



Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It is a dark and snowy night

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to...



Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

An adventure to blow you away!

That's what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House...




Magic Tree House #24: Earthquake in the Early Morning

By: Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie travel back to the morning of the great San Francisco earthquake. While they are there, they meet a reporter and help get some kids to safety.

Magic Tree House #25: Stage Fright on a Summer Night

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The show must go on!

That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House...



Magic Tree House #26: Good Morning, Gorillas

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Gentle giants or giant monsters?

That's the question Jack and Annie have...




Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It's a time for giving thanks . . .

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack...



Magic Tree House #28: High Tide in Hawaii

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Catch the wave!

That's what Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them...



Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which...


Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

A castle with a secret passage!

That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree...



Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn Book & CD Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

THE MAGIC TREE House whisks Jack and Annie back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren’t exactly welcome guests!...

Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The intrepid Jack and Annie are summoned once again to the fantasy realm of Camelot. There, Merlin the Magician tells them that the Stone of Destiny has been stolen. The answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted...


Magic Tree House #31: Summer of the Sea Serpent

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are off on another mythical mission at the request of Merlin the magician. Luckily, they have a young sorcerer, Teddy, to help them. From underwater caves to a Spider Queen, from mystical...

Magic Tree House #32: Winter of the Ice Wizard

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

JACK AND ANNIE, joined by Teddy and Kathleen (from earlier books), travel in the Magic Tree House to a land of snow where the Ice Wizard has captured Morgan and Merlin. The four friends must find the Ice...

Magic Tree House #33: Carnival at Candlelight

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

MERLIN HAS ASKED Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy. With the help of a research book, a book of magic rhymes, and a set of mysterious instructions...


Magic Tree House #34: Season of the Sandstorms

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live....

Magic Tree House #35: Night of the New Magicians

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mysterious mission to Paris, France, over a 100 years ago. There they must find four magicians and give them an urgent message from Merlin himself. When Jack and Annie...

Magic Tree House #36: Blizzard of the Blue Moon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. This time, Merlin has sent them to rescue a beautiful magical creature—the unicorn. But when they land in New York City during the Depression of the 1930s, Jack...


Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Merlin the Magician will not eat or sleep or speak to anyone in Camelot. What can be done? The enchantress Morgan knows who to ask
for help: young Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania! The brother-and-sister team quickly head off in the...

Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

JACK AND ANNIE are on a mission to save Merlin from his sorrows! Charged with finding the second of four secrets of happiness, the brother-and-sister team travel back in the magic tree house to the period...

Magic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep Sea

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness–secrets they need if they’re going to save Merlin. But when the magic tree house leads them to a tiny deserted island in the...


Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Jack and Annie don't need another mummy.

But that's what they get when the Magic Tree...



Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

JACK AND ANNIE continue their quest for the secrets of happiness—secrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven’t visited before:...

Magic Tree House #41: Moonlight on the Magic Flute

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn—including a wig for Jack...


Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are on their second mission to find—and inspire—artists to bring happiness to millions. After traveling to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come head to head with some real ghosts,...

Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an...

Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Jack and Annie’s mission from Merlin the Magician? To help the famous writer Charles Dickens! In a...


Magic Tree House #4: Pirates Past Noon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It's a treasure trove of trouble!

Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when...



Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Have you ever met a real live ninja?

Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks...



Magic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the Amazon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Vampire bats and killer ants?

That's what Jack and Annie are about to run into when...




Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The Ice Age is very cool
. . . for two kids in bathing suits! Jack and Annie nearly freeze...


Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Three . . . two . . . one . . . BLAST OFF!

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie...



Magic Tree House #9: Dolphins at Daybreak

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

IT'S SINK OR SWIM

for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the...




Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #10: Ancient Greece and the Olympics

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics, they had lots of questions. What did the ancient Greeks wear?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #11: American Revolution

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday, they had lots of questions. What was it like to live...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #12: Sabertooths and the Ice Age

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth, they had lots of questions. What was it like to live in the Ice Age?...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #13: Pilgrims

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday, they had lots of questions. What was it like to sail on the Mayflower?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. How did ancient Rome become...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #15: Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #28: High Tide...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #16: Polar Bears and the Arctic

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #16: Polar Bears Past Bedtime, they had lots of questions. Why is the Arctic so cold? What...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #17: Sea Monsters

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep Sea, they had lots of questions. How big is a giant squid?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #18: Penguins and Antarctica

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin, they had lots of questions. What do penguins eat? Why do they huddle...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #19: Leonardo da Vinci

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius, they had lots of questions. Why was Leonardo da Vinci interested in flight? What...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, they had lots of questions. When did the dinosaurs live? What other animals lived...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #20: Ghosts

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts, they had lots of questions. What are some of the most famous ghost...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter, they had lots of questions. What are leprechauns? How do we know many...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #22: Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time, they had lots of questions. Why did Charles Dickens write A...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #23: Snakes and Other Reptiles

By: y Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras, they had lots of questions. Can snakes really be charmed? What reptile...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #24: Dog Heroes

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night, they had lots of questions. How do St. Bernards help find avalanche survivors? Who...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #2: Knights and Castles

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn, they had lots of questions. How were castles built? What was it like to live...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #3: Mummies and Pyramids

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning, they had lots of questions. Why did people make mummies? What was...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #4: Pirates

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #4: Pirates Past Noon, they had lots of questions. Did pirates really make people walk the plank? What...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #5: Rain Forests

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #5: Afternoon on the Amazon, they had lots of questions. How much rain falls in a rain forest? What...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #6: Space

By: Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon, they had lots of questions. How did the universe begin? How long does it...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #7: Titanic

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic, they had lots of questions. How many people were aboard the Titanic?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #8: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tueaday, they...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #9: Dolphins and Sharks

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #9: Dolphins at Daybreak, they had lots of questions. Did dolphins ever live on land? How do dolphins...


Moonhorse

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: S.M. Saelig

A lovely lullaby by the author of the Magic Tree House books
Out of the night the shimmering Moonhorse appears, and a young girl leaves her father napping on the front porch to join the silver-winged horse...

New York's Bravest

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

In the 1840s, there was a real vounteer firefighter named Mose Humphreys whose bravery was reknown throughout New York City. Plays about him began being performed on Broadway in 1848 and over the years his strength...

One World, Many Religions

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Religious understanding is as important today than any other time in history. In this highly acclaimed book, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to the six major religions of the world. One World, Many Religions covers...


Pompeii

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Bonnie Christensen

The famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius that snuffed out life in Pompeii and buried the town has long been a fascinating moment in history for children. This book presents that dramatic story with Mary Pope...

The Mysteries of Spider Kane

By: Mary Pope Osborne

With two books in one—Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple and Spider Kane and the Mystery at Jumbo Nightcrawler’s—this is a great read-aloud for younger children as well as...

The Random House Book of Bible Stories

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Michael Welply

A beautifully illustrated collection of more than 50 Bible stories.

In the Random House Book of Bible Stories, more than 50 stories from the Old and New Testaments come to vivid life, ready to captivate...


Magic Tree House Volumes 17-20 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Books 17–20 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure....

Magic Tree House: Games and Puzzles from the Tree House

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The best activity book for kids who love the Magic Tree House series!

Travel through time and around the world with Jack and Annie to help them solve mazes and crossword puzzles, break secret codes, play games,...

Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The fan-favorite chapter-book series sends Jack and Annie back to India over 400 years ago to search for a rare and precious emerald. Once there, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger....


Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

   The fan-favorite chapter-book series whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the Swiss Alps in search of a rare flower. When they find a monastery where monks and St. Bernards live, Annie offers...

Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Are you ready for a presidential adventure?

Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special...



Magic Tree House #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series has a brand-new paperback!
 
Jack and Annie must rescue pandas after an earthquake in China!
 
Mary Pope Osborne perfectly blends...




Favorite Series Starters Boxed Set

By: J.C. Greenburg, Mary Pope Osborne, Barbara Park, Roy Roy, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
illlustrated by: Debbie Palen, Sal Murdocca, Denise Brunkus, John Steven

Let the adventures begin!

What do the Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, A to Z Mysteries, Andrew Lost, and Nate the Great series have in common? Not only are the main characters spunky and lovable...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #25: Abraham Lincoln

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the Facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!, they had lots of questions. What was it like to grow up in a log cabin?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #26: Pandas and Other Endangered Species

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas they had lots of questions. What do pandas eat? Where do they live? Why...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #27: Horse Heroes

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #49: Stallion at Starlight, they had lots of questions. Why did people tame horses? What jobs do horses...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #28: Heroes for All Times

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #51, they had lots of questions. How did Florence Nightingale change nursing? Who helped women...

Magic Tree House Starter Library Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Get ready for a world of adventure with the first two books of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series! This boxed set also includes the first nonfiction companion title, Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dinosaurs, and the fun activity...


Magic Tree House Volumes 1-4 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Get ready for a world of adventure with the first four books of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan...

Magic Tree House Volumes 5-8 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Books 5–8 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure....

Magic Tree House Volumes 9-12 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Books 9–12 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure....


Magic Tree House Volumes 13-16 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Books 13–16 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure....

The Magic Tree House Library: Books 1-28

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocc

Get ready for a world of adventure with the first twenty-eight books of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series now in a collectible box that looks like the magic tree house itself!
 
This boxed set is the...

MTH 40/7- CD AUDIO COLL PPK

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Experience the entire Magic Tree House audiobook collection as sibling adventurers Jack and Annie travel across distant lands throughout history in Mary Pope Osborne's award-wining children's series. With over 34 hours of listening pleasure, this 40-CD collection...


Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they're hooked on reading! This is one series that kids, teachers, librarians, and parents all agree on. A perfect blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger,...

Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini!

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Magic Tree House #50 features Jack and Annie and legendary magician, Harry Houdini! If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they're hooked on reading! The Magic Tree House books, with their fiction and...

Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes features Jack and Annie back in Egypt, still seeking the secrets of greatness for Merlin. This time they will meet the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, on her trip...


Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Just in time for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday will take Jack and Annie to a soccer field in Mexico where they must find the final secret of greatness for Merlin. On the field,...

Magic Tree House: Books 1-4 Ebook Collection: Mystery of the Tree House

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents,...

Magic Tricks from the Tree House

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

It's a book of magic tricks perfect for chapter book readers! When Jack and Annie went back in time to meet Houdini, they learned that the most famous magician of all time didn't use real magic at all....


Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn (Full-Color Edition)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

This jacketed hardcover edition boasts new artwork, plus extras, a letter from Mary Pope Osborne, and new nonfiction information! Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time of knights and castles,...

My Magic Tree House Journal

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Fans of Mary Pope Osborne's mega bestselling Magic Tree House series will love to keep their own notebook—just like Jack and Annie! This fun, full-color journal is filled with lists of things Jack...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #29: Soccer

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday, they had lots of questions. How did soccer get started? Who are some of its greatest...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #30: Ninjas and Samurai

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas, they had lots of questions. What did it mean to be a ninja or a samurai?...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China: Land of the Emperor's Great Wall

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated Carlo Molinari

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House® #14: Day of the Dragon King, they had lots of questions. Who was the Dragon King? How did...

Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning (Full-Color Edition)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Now in full-color throughout, this jacketed hardcover edition boasts new artwork, plus a letter from Mary Pope Osborne and new nonfiction information! Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time...


Magic Tree House Volumes 21-24 Boxed Set

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Books 21–24 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure....

Magic Tree House: Books 5-8 Ebook Collection: Mystery of the Magic Spells

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

This ebook collection includes Night of the Ninjas (#5), Afternoon on the Amazon (#6), Sunset of the Sabertooth (#7), and Midnight on the Moon (#8).

In these adventures, Jack and Annie’s friend Morgan...

Magic Tree House: Books 9-12 Ebook Collection: Mystery of the Ancient Riddles

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

This ebook collection includes Dolphins at Daybreak (#9), Ghost Town at Sundown (#10), Lions at Lunchtime (#11), and Polar Bears Past Bedtime (#12).

This time Morgan le Fay, the magical librarian of Camelot,...


Magic Tree House Survival Guide

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Lions and tigers and bears—oh, man!

Jack and Annie have survived all kinds of dangers on their adventures in the magic tree house. Find out how you can survive lots of scary situations, including...

Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: Danger in the Darkest Hour

By: Mary Pope Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Introducing the first Magic Tree House® Super Edition—and Jack and Annie’s most dangerous mission ever! With a longer story and additional facts and photographs, this thrilling, first Super Edition in the Magic...

Magic Tree House: Animal Games and Puzzles

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

More than a hundred animal puzzles, games, and activities for kids who love the Magic Tree House books!
 
Take a walk on the wild side with Magic Tree House® animal activities! From cobras to...


Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Dinosaurs

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to the time of dinosaurs in Magic Tree House® #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark....

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Ghosts

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to New Orleans in 1915 on the eve of All Saints’ Day in Magic Tree House®...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Mummies

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to ancient Egypt in Magic Tree House® #3: Mummies in the Morning. Then uncover...


Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Ninjas

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to ancient Japan in Magic Tree House® #5: Night of the Ninjas. Then uncover...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Pirates

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to the time of pirates and treasure maps in Magic Tree House® #4: Pirates...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Soccer

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to Mexico City for the 1970 World Cup in Magic Tree House® #52: Soccer on...


Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Thanksgiving

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the first Thanksgiving in Magic Tree House® #27: Thanksgiving on...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Penguins

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to Antarctica in Magic Tree House® #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin. Then...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Knights

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to the Middle Ages in Magic Tree House® #2: The Knight at Dawn. Then uncover...


Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Charles Dickens

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to Victorian London to help Charles Dickens in Magic Tree House® #44: A...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Horses

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to ancient Greece to meet Alexander the Great and his famous horse in Magic...

Magic Tree House Fact & Fiction: Titanic

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Read the adventure and track the facts—it's two great ebooks in one!
 
Join Jack and Annie as they travel to 1912 and on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in Magic Tree House® #17:...