Day of the Dragon King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Books in a tree house give kids the magic to travel to far away places and time periods.

The magic treehouse takes Jack and Annie back two thousand years to ancient China where they must find the original copy of an old legend before the Imperial Library is burned down by the evil Dragon King.

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Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House Series #14)

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Overview

Books in a tree house give kids the magic to travel to far away places and time periods.

The magic treehouse takes Jack and Annie back two thousand years to ancient China where they must find the original copy of an old legend before the Imperial Library is burned down by the evil Dragon King.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Number 14 in the "Magic Tree House" series finds Annie and Jack on a mission to China. They have been promoted to the status of Master Librarian, and must rescue a Chinese legend recorded on bamboo sticks. The emperor has threatened to burn all of the books in the Imperial Library-will Jack and Annie save the legend from the fire? Aided by a silk weaver and a scholar, they sneak into the walled imperial city, and even visit the emperor's tomb full of terra cotta soldiers. A quick reading adventure with a not too subtle message concerning the value of books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613075978
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #14
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 68
  • Sales rank: 1,231,979
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete.  She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.  She was a bartender, an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant — all before becoming an author!  Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.  In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

Mary her husband Will spilt their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania.  They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes!  

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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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    i love this book

    u r going to love this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Best book

    I love these books but didnt they already go to china cause there was 1 with nijas (says nijay like and mystrios)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    My faverite book after pirats past noon

    MUST READ! Magic tree house lovers!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Day of The Dragon King

    WOW! Day Of The Dragon King was AMAZAING!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    THE BEST BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book! It's the best out of the whole series,whith lots of scary parts!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    The queen of dragons said....

    This is the greatest book ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    You should read this book it keeps going on and on of entertaining.I love this book.It's just diffrent then the others.And better.Buy this NOW!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Pirats past noon

    Love that book soooooo much that i read it soo many times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Awsome book only one problem

    I thought this was an awsome book!!! Its not too long!!! And its not to short!! But there is one thing I don't like about this book and that is jack and annie have to find a book instide of finding a object

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Highly recommend this book

    My 7 year old loved this book and all of the Magic Tree House Series books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    OMG gotta read this

    Greatest ever in history!!! It makes me want to LOL!!!!!!!! I LOOOOVE it p.s. i do not have mentel issues

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Hi

    This book is awesome.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Day of the dragon king

    is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Great Fantastic

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Hate you

    I hate hannah matanah good book

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    SHORT

    these books are short, and you can read them in less than 30 minutes. Its good...for 2nd graders

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Day of the Dragon King-Magic Treehouse #14

    The Day of the Dragon King is book #14 in the Magic Tree House Series. I am a big fan of the series overall, and so is my 6 year old son. This book however, is not my favorite in the series. It lacks some of the historic detail which would have added a lot to the story, and I thought the plot was a little weak compared to many of the later books. That being said, this book has facilitated discussion with our son about censorhip of books, China, Kings/Monarchs, Chinese culture, libraries and comparisons of historical time periods. He enjoyed this book enough to have it as the theme for his birthday party- where he handed out a copy to all his guests, so it has also promoted literacy.

    We enjoy the Jack and Annie characters and the places the series takes children. As usual, this book has spurred imagination and encourages children to ask questions about a specific time period.

    Generally a pretty good book for children- with not quite as much action or adventure as there could be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    An Awsome Book

    This book was exciting because Jack and Aniie are going to China. The pictures may be in black and white, but there great. The exciting part is when Annie saves the books from getting burned. Now that you know the story maybe you will read it some day.

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