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Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House Series #39) [NOOK Book]

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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 middle of the ocean, they?re not sure who needs help more?Merlin or themselves! The brother and sister team are soon rescued by a ship of explorers and scientists. But the crew isn?t ...
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Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House Series #39)

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Overview

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 middle of the ocean, they’re not sure who needs help more–Merlin or themselves! The brother and sister team are soon rescued by a ship of explorers and scientists. But the crew isn’t looking for the secrets of happiness. The crew is looking for . . . a sea monster!


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To save Merlin, Jack and Annie know that they must continue their search for the secrets of true happiness. What they don't understand is how being transported to a tiny desert island in the remotest part of the ocean will help them on their quest. A surprising series of adventures, however, propels them toward a solution -- and a sea monster! Another delightful teaching tool by master of the craft Mary Pope Osborne.
Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
Annie and Jack are back with another "Magic Tree House" adventure back in time—this time finding themselves aboard the HMS Challenger, a British ship embarked on a voyage of scientific discovery during the 1870s. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy this new adventure, full of rough weather, a giant octopus, and superstitious sailors, and many young readers will be intrigued to learn how much scientists did not know in the 19th Century. As with all book in this series, however, this new entry will appeal much more to children who prefer to read nonfiction, than to those who prefer strong character development and the exploration of relationships. This book is part of a sub-set of the "Magic Tree House" series; it is a "Merlin Mission" book, a little longer than the original books, with more complex vocabulary, meant for young readers who are ready to graduate up from beginning chapter books. This "Stepping Stone Book" story seems a bit more contrived than some in the series, particularly the personification of the octopus, but it is still a good choice for youngsters who enjoy taking in facts with their fiction. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375894619
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #39
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 64,911
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne
MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.


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Biography

Ever since 1992, Mary Pope Osborne has been thrilling kids everywhere with her delightfully exciting Magic Tree House series. The globetrotting escapades of time travelers Jack and Annie are brimming with adventure and magic (not to mention some subtly placed lessons on history and geography). With a life like Osborne's, it's only natural that she would be capable of bringing such wondrous stories to life.

Osborne was brought up in a military family, and her parents' work led to a lifestyle marked by constant change. "By the time I was 15," she says on randomhouse.com, "I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina." While many kids would probably feel disoriented by such constant change, Osborne wouldn't have had it any other way. "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."

And adventure is exactly what Osborne got! After college, she embarked on a series of daring treks across the globe that would surely give Jack and Annie a run for their money. "For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete," she said. "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."

Following an illness she contracted in Katmandu, Osborne returned home to the U.S. trying her hand at a vast variety of jobs: window dresser, medical assistant, Russian travel consultant, waitress, bartender, and an assistant editor at a children's magazine. Although Osborne had unconsciously moved closer toward her ultimate career, she says that her first attempts at writing seemed to come without warning. "One day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South," she recalls. "The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood...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."

She sure did! Since then, Osborne has penned a slew of stories, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels; but she is indisputably best known for her wonderful Magic Tree House books, a happy hodge-podge of history and mystery with a time travel theme kids find irresistible. No doubt inspired by Osborne's own highly adventurous life, these exiting expeditions have attracted droves of children and pleased educators by combining compulsively readable storytelling with useful facts about geography and history.

As was written of the series in Children's Literature, "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." As much as Osborne has certainly pleased her readers (not to mention their parents and teachers), perhaps no one is quite as pleased as she. "I'm one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living," she explained. "There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children's book author."

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A few fascinating outtakes from our interview with Osborne:

"One of the most defining experiences of my life was traveling overland in an old van through the Middle East and Asia in the early 1970's. One day, when a small group of us were camped in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, we saw a woman riding horseback over the sloping plain. Her long brown hair floated on the wind and she wore a bright gypsy-style dress. When she got closer, I realized she was one of my roommates from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill! Though I didn't even know she'd left the U.S.—and she didn't know I was in Afghanistan, we weren't that surprised to come upon each other. That says a lot about the times we were living in then."

"After 26 years of living in New York City, my husband Will and I now spend most of our time in Northwestern Connecticut, living in a house that overlooks a lake. We kayak and hike with our two Norfolk terriers, Joey and Mr. Bezo. Will's learning Italian, and I've been working with a tutor for two years trying to understand Dante's Divine Comedy. One of my biggest hobbies is reading philosophy and theology. We spend lots of time, of course, on our work. After writing three shows for the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina, Will's writing a musical based on the Magic Tree House series. I'm writing book # 38 in the series. I also spend a lot of time with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce who works on the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Natalie and our nephews and some of our best friends live nearby in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts, so we're up there a lot, too. My only complaint is there is not enough time to do all I want to do. For instance, I'd love to take drawing classes and I'd love to paint the lake we're living on. And I'd love to bird watch and become a better cook and learn about classical music. Maybe sometime in the future...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Goshen, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of North Carolina
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

    Fantastic Book!

    The most recent addition to the series, "Magic Tree House" is a book called, Dark Day in the Deep Sea (2008). Jack and Annie are at it again with another adventure to tell. In this 39th book of the series, author Mary Pope Osborne takes the reader on an exciting adventure to the South Pacific in the 1870's. The two siblings stumble upon the crew of the HMS Challenger and take part in their deep sea exploration. The two main characters meet scientist Henry Moseley and Professor Charles Wyville Thomson who while aboard the Challenger from 1872 and 1876, sailed around the world finding multiple species of sea life for the first time. While aboard the ship, Jack and Annie face fierce storms and giant octopi (as beautifully illustrated on the cover) and they begin to question whether or not they will make it home again to share their new secret of happiness. You'll have the read the book to find out!

    As a teacher, I would highly recommend this or any other book from "Magic Tree House" series. The characters are compelling and the author makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the action. There are many, many, many teachable moments that can be found within this book! One fascinating fact for this book in particular is that students can learn that just a little over one hundred years ago, scientists did not have near the ideas that they have now. The students have the potential to see how discoveries are made, and how the knowledge that we possess now was developed. Each book gives the reader insight to historical facts and geographical locations. These books provided perfect opportunities for interdisciplinary units and with over 40 books to choose from, the author has basically covered any topic this reading level would study. I think this book and this series are excellent and any middle elementary teacher would benefit from using these books as learning tools.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Magic tree ouse

    I really ike this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    March 25, 2012

    My little brother loves it. He usually doesn't read books but he was so interested in it he did not want to go to bed! When I was little like him I loved these books. Jack and Annie ( the kids in the books) go on all these adventures. It's really good for a kids imagination. I sometimes read them and there usually for my brothers age ( 7 ). If you have a child, brother or sister that has a big imagination and loves to get in action then this is the book for him or her. Actually there's a series of these books! You could get them all and your child's or sibling's imagination will be a blast!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

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    Hi,I'm Audrey.I love it.Its my secont faverit book.


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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    Hey! You know what?

    I wish it was a lend-me!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    woud like it

    I did not read the book but, I think I would like it!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    This is a really good book

    I think this is a very good book kids love it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2011

    Love+these+books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    this is a pretty good series

    i cant wait to reead this one even tho im a little too old for it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    This book is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Review

    All ik is that this particular series is for a certain age group. After a while as you get older it becomes boring. Well thats my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    I think that this book is wonderful!!!

    Rb feb 21

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ilove it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    I love the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Book person

    Never red it,but sounds good.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    it was very seaful anybody will enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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