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Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes [NOOK Book]

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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 to Egypt that served as the inspiration for the choices that made her both famous and beloved.

The Magic Tree House books, with their fiction and nonfiction titles, are perfect for parents and teachers just starting to get into the "Core ...
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Overview

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 to Egypt that served as the inspiration for the choices that made her both famous and beloved.

The Magic Tree House books, with their fiction and nonfiction titles, are perfect for parents and teachers just starting to get into the "Core Curriculum." With a blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness, the topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving). There is truly something for everyone here. 
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Time-travelers Jack and his little sister Annie are back in Egypt to renew their Merlin mission. This time their paths cross with none other than Florence Nightingale, the British social activist and founder of modern nursing. Like previous installments of this supremely popular series, High Time for Heroes doesn't skimp on story, but smuggles in tasty factoid morsels about history, science, and a host of other subjects.

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
In the third book of the “Merlin Mission” series, Jack and Annie travel through time in the Magic Tree House to discover the third secret of greatness. Where do they end up? On the banks of the Nile by the city of Thebes in search of Florence Nightingale. Annie knows Florence Nightingale as the famous founder of modern nursing, but when the children encounter Florence, she is not a nurse nor is she famous. Can this melancholy woman, guided by family expectations, possibly hold a secret to greatness? Jack and Annie leap into their adventure. Delegated to babysit a playful baby baboon, they follow Florence into the desert toward the tombs of Luxor. Koku, the baboon, runs away and Jack hurts himself in the chase, but Florence steps forward to help him and nurses Jack back to health. Her secret to greatness is not nursing, but something bigger than that, a secret that can fit into anyone’s life! Readers will enjoy finding out the Nightingale secret! Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307980519
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #51
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 55,701
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 6 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 as well as co-author of The Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, along with her husband, Will, and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce. 

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated over 200 children's trade and textbooks. He currently teaches children's illustration at Parson's School of Design in NYC. 

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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    When my granddaughter was young I made sure she had all of the M

    When my granddaughter was young I made sure she had all of the Magic Tree House books....I bought a new one as soon as it was published.  She was able to travel the world though them.  Jack and Annie were like magical friends to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Best serise

    I love the magic tree house serise
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    Posted November 8, 2014

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    This book is relly great

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    Posted April 27, 2014

    MTH ( magic tree house)

    AWESOME BOOK

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    Posted April 21, 2014

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    Posted April 4, 2014

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    They are so cool I read all of them but not this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Nice story

    Good book. I really like this series!

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    Posted February 24, 2014


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    Posted February 5, 2014

    Magic tree house

    I can't wait to read this book I love the magic tree house books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted January 24, 2014

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    Posted March 30, 2014

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    Posted April 6, 2014

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