Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House Series #16) [NOOK Book]

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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!

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Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House Series #16)

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Overview

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 Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she's up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself—and Jack—into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in Hour of the Olympics.

Visit the Magic Tree House website!
MagicTreeHouse.com


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
    Magic Tree House Series  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375894732
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) , #16
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 49,455
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 3 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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."

Good To Know

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    A really neat little book to engage young readers!

    This is a really cute book to get young people involved in reading. It has all the elements that make books for older readers successful. A magical adventure, drama, and interesting information woven into a fine story. It stimulates young readers' imaginations to learn more about Greece and to keep reading. Fine job!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Read this great book today

    THIS IS AMAZINGLY AWSOME YOU NEED TO READ THIS TODAY BUY IT NOW IT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    a reviewer

    It is one of the best books I ever read!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Heudbfyqq gdgauznnzuyhxgsgsg p.s my baby brother wrote this

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Read this book!

    Because it is so advrnturous!Annie gets bummed becouse girls are not allowed in the Olympics so she finds a way to get into the Olympics but she got found. The guards ran after them. They hopped the fence and into the racetrack. They found a cart. Jack and Annie hopped in. That's all I'm going to tell you. You have to read the rest.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Love it

    Awesome

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Good

    This another interesting part of the series. :)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    F

    Annie is a brat. Good book for young readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Crazy about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JACK AND ANNIE ? LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Good

    Good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    For kids

    This is a good family book for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Great book!

    I think this book is really intresting and great for a family to read!
    I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Listen up

    You should read this book because this book is ery interresting and it is a awsome book and i think you should read it so you can see how good it is. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Lilstar23

    It was OK but not awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Silver

    Yup

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Ew

    Gross i dont like this as much as the othrs and i love the olympics.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    I love magic tree house

    I didn't read the book yet but I can tell it's gonna be magnificent

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    2nd grade review

    I learned that girls can't go to school and olypics and can't act in a play.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    GEAT BOOK

    I READ THIS AT A DOCTER OFFICE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Worst

    Worst book ever

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