Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini! [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series has a brand-new paperback! Jack and Annie travel to Coney Island, New York, to meet the master magician, Harry Houdini.
 
Abracadabra! Mary Pope Osborne cleverly combines history, mystery, adventure, and trouble in this new Magic Tree House paperback.
 
The time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie ...
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Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini!

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series has a brand-new paperback! Jack and Annie travel to Coney Island, New York, to meet the master magician, Harry Houdini.
 
Abracadabra! Mary Pope Osborne cleverly combines history, mystery, adventure, and trouble in this new Magic Tree House paperback.
 
The time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie are on a mission for Merlin the magician. They’re looking for a secret of greatness from the best escape artist that ever lived, Harry Houdini. Using the magic tree house to travel back in time, Jack and Annie head to Coney Island to look for the elusive magician. How can they find the master of escape? It’s going to take some determination, a little bit of trouble, and a whole lot of magic!
 
Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House® website at MagicTreeHouse.com.


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The magic ramps up when the legendary Harry Houdini joins the time travelling pair of Jack and Annie. Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Treehouse Books have been inspiring readers for more than twenty years. This fiftieth installment proves that their magic hasn't dwindled over decades. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original. Editor's recommendation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307980472
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) , #50
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 77,562
  • Age range: 6 - 8 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 New York City. 

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Great!

    I like all magic tree house books this one im looking forward to.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Madgic trre house

    I haven't read it, but it looks good

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    TAP ME!!! It is a great book!!!

    It is so good!!! Jack and Annie go to New York and become magicians!!! It is REALY good, so you better read it!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    BLEHHHHHH

    Dont u guys thibk magic tree house has too many books? I wanted to read them all in second grade but got sick of them at bk 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    TAP MEEEE!!!!

    Ha tricked you i acually hate this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Hhhghj

    Free i free ipad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Ok

    Make more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    I love it

    Besr book eve

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Heart

    Don't ehat to buy it

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Dont like

    I never liked majic tree houses books

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Cupid

    Smiles and walks there with her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    TAP ME!!!!!!

    HA!!!!!!!!!! I suckered you in to opening this with my five-star rating and my"tap me" title. I actually hate this book.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Great

    Jack and annie go to new york. They find lots of games to play.
    QUESTIONS
    1.where did jack and annie go to

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    Posted September 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    READ ME

    Hey im starting a competition .whoever post the best song wins . Put your name song the band and your fave lyrics ill have the winner posted by six pm on the thirteenth post the info on plt res six

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Help please

    I dont know if I should get it. Besides I have been reading this series since I was 6 and I am almost 11!Amazing how time flys huh! Send your results to my question to Frank Z.~Frank Z.
    P.S. peace out!:-):-);-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    I love this book

    Who else likes this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Horrible book

    I hated it and i did nit even read it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Awesome

    I want this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    About the book

    This book looks awesome because there is a magician in the book.

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