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

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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 castle. With a young magician named Teddy, Jack and Annie take on the challenge in an adventure that takes them to new heights and places they couldn't even imagine!

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Overview

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 castle. With a young magician named Teddy, Jack and Annie take on the challenge in an adventure that takes them to new heights and places they couldn't even imagine!

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In their magic treehouse, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur's realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night.

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Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House adventurers take their second Merlin-sent trip in this splendidly spooky Camelot tale. With the familiar, welcoming artwork from Sal Murdocca, Osborne's 30th entry takes Jack and Annie back to their old stomping ground to "bring order to the duke's castle." This time, the two kids are joined by Teddy -- Merlin's apprentice in Christmas in Camelot -- and after the three learn that the Raven King has swiped a legendary diamond from the duke's family (and made them invisible), they set out to get it back. With gently spine-tingling scenes and magical transformations to keep young readers on the edge of their chairs (Jack, Annie, and Teddy become ravens to rescue the diamond!), this MTH episode is one not to miss!
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Once again, Annie and Jack are summoned by Merlin to the fantasy world of Camelot. He informs them that the Diamond of Destiny has been stolen and the answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted castle. Jack and Annie, with a young magician named Teddy, find the castle and discover that it is inhabited by four ghosts-a girl, twin boys, and a dog. The ghosts communicate to the three that the problem is the stolen diamond, that it must be retrieved, and that the Raven King has it. The children find and retrieve the diamond, revive the ghosts and their sleeping household, and give the Raven King what his heart most desires. All of these books fly off the shelves in our school library. 2003, Random House, Ages 6 to 8.
— Pat Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375825217
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2003
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #30
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 571,529
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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.

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 November 2, 2008

    Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

    In this book you can see youself going on to the adventures with the characters Jack and Annie to different places in time. You can about some history and different things that went on in another time. You cast away into another world right from your very own bed room. Once you get started with the adventure you can not break away.You are lured into reading until the very end of the pages. I have read several of the Magic Tree House books and love them all.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    magic tree house #30

    The magic tree house #30 was pretty good. In the begining it was cool how merlin hid his house inside them tree. It was cool how the author described things. Like when they were ravens it said how there eyes glimered. She realy made me wonder when they sid the riddle obout the two boys the girl and the dog. So I'll give Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve four stars

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    I liked this book.

    I read this book. I thought it was a good book to read because Jack and Annie are always going on a cool, awesome mission. If you read this book I would suggest it to your friend. They see Teddy again and you should read it. It is a magical book so if you like magic, and adventures Haunted Castles on Hallows Eve.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Purchased for my Grandson who is eight he is loving the story and I am loving that he enjoys reading. Highly recommended

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    I bought these books for my grandson and he enjoyed the very much.

    This author writes for children to learn to read and enjoy books. My family has always loved books and now that I am a grandparent I have great quialty time reading to my grandson. This is a great read for and share with the children.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Awesome

    Love this book fell in love with on the first page love love love this bok if you like ghost you should read this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    READ THIS BOOK!!!

    Haunted Castle On Hallows Eve is SOOO GOOD!!! I finished this book the day i started it i liked it and thought it was AWESOME!!!! So everybody that can READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    best book

    i love this book i read it in school and i want to read it over and ,over agan

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Read the book!

    In this book they are finding the ring of destiny.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Amy

    Me too!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    good

    good book love it READ IT!!!!!!read it 80 times so good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    best book

    i read this book over and over and over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    We love this series

    My son is 5, and he just devours these books. They are wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    This book stunk.

    This book was one of the most boring books I had ever read. I got some excitement out of the book, but I will not read more of the series.(6-year-old-reader review).

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Nook sex abyone??????P

    Avivw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I do not have this book

    I only have 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 i think?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Okay over all

    I like it .I think the book is silly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    To 7yr old i am 8

    Lets be friends

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    I read Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve. This book is about Jack an

    I read Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve. This book is about Jack and Annie they go on a big adventure to a castle .they are trying to get the diamond the family needs because they are invisible. But then they turn into ravens. they go into the raven king’s nest. Where the diamond is. They go with a boy named teddy. Read this book to find out do they get the diamond. I like Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve because it is a very big adventure. It has lots of magic like Magic Tree House, magic books. Morgan sends them on missions to lots of places. I like it because it has ravens I like ravens. If you like adventure or magic I recommend this book for you.  

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