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Mystery of the Tree House

Mystery of the Tree House

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca

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The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House


The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House will take the brother-and-sister team next.

The story begins with Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie discover a mysterious tree house filled with books and a trip back to the time of the dinosaurs follows. In The Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie are in the Great Hall of a castle; a feast is under way, but they aren't exactly welcome guests. When the tree house whisks them back to ancient Egypt in Mummies in the Morning, Jack and Annie must help a long-dead queen solve a puzzle. And in Pirates Past Noon, Jack and Annie find a secret map that leads to buried treasure and ruthless pirates! Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians all over the world with her New York Times bestselling series.

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Random House Children's Books
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Magic Tree House
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10 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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. Mary 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 textbooks. 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.

Brief Biography

Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
B.A., University of North Carolina

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Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1 - 4 (Magic Tree House Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great set. My children love it and I love it too because now they are reading and they don't mind reading it on their own since they are such good stories. It keeps them very interested in the stories and they are always anxious to read to the next series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did you ever want to travel the world? Then read The Magic Tree House series. They are great books written and illustrated by Mary Pope Osborne. The stories are about a boy and girl helping a magical librarian. They have to go to different places and a long time ago too. Some places have a lot of animals because those places are along time ago. They have to meet a lot of people or animals to help them find stuff. They have colorful titles, but inside of the books have barely any pictures and they are black and gray. The books are great. You can learn facts from these books. It also feels like a real adventure. I recommend these books to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, but some 4th and 5th graders can read it if they want to. You can sometimes feel like your Jack the boy or Annie the girl. The setting takes place in Frog Creek Woods and around the world. The main characters are Jack and Annie and supporting character are Morgan Le Fay and sometimes the mom and dad. The books are definitely fiction because the plot is about Jack and Annie going in a tree house that could take them anywhere. The first books only have 10 chapters but when you get to the higher books there are more chapters, and the chapters are longer. Some books have golden words and those books are the higher books. When you get to the books you should finish them in about an hour or half. I hope you read this book because it's a great book.
Balina More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read. I loved every minute reading this
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son hated to read. I bought him his first Tree House book a few months ago and now he loves to read. He loves traveling to different countries with Jack and Annie. He can't wait to get to the next adventure. Great books, highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this set for my first grader and he absolutely loved them. He is learning new words and things about new places. The stories are very age appropriate and entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I love these books. I read a lot of adult books, including Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Danielle Steel, but all of these books were the books that got me 'into' reading. Even to this day, me being 13, I still want to sit down and read a good kid book and everytime I do I think of these books. I highly recommend that you let your children read these series. They are very imaginative and creative. They truly helped me in school. [SRAIGHT A'S TILL THIS DAY.] :]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson and I read the first Magic Treehouse together a couple of months before his fifth birthday, and I was surprised that he was totally absorbed in the book, which was the first "real" book without illustrations that he had read to him. Now, a year later, he is on #39 and reading the books to me (with a few requests for help with words and their meanings). As an educator, I am absolutely thrilled that this series is so educational about history and different cultures -- and particularly that the stories are so intriguing that I love them as much as my grandson. I teach at an international school in Beijing and have lived in Japan and Switzerland and Brazil, as well, so I'm just as excited to find cultural references to food, traditions, and people that are accurate and interesting. I highly recommend these books to all parents and grandparents and teachers. These are the kinds of books that will "hook" children into being life-long readers. Five Stars for firing up the power of a child's imagination and being a solid book for beginning independent readers. Few illustrations are the whole point of these books, which encourage creativity of the mind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are great for any age group, and is very intertaining..
Cassie1997 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend to my cousin because he is just in first grade and I think he would enjoy it as much as I did.
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dmblstnr More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book to read aloud to our four year old daughter at bed time. She enjoys the stories very much, but they are not as entertaining for adults as some other series we've read such as Chronicles of Narnia. The short sentence structure makes them difficult to read out loud.
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I love Magic Tree House books!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I bought a few books for my kids this past week as an early X-mas gift, and this set was one of them. would recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year loves to read. He just became ready for chapter type books, and we thought this set suited him just fine. It was perfect, he didn't need to ask for help on a single word. He loves the thrill of the storylines, he gets absorbed into their world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading these to my five yr old son. Every night he reminds me that we need to read it. THe price is right, and we can NEVER find them in the library. #3 was lost, they said. So it made it difficult. I have reccommended them to all my friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading the magical treehouse series to my 5 yr old son, I was honestly surprised when he was able to tell me what chapter we were on, and what was happening in the story from the night before. He is so excited to go to bed now, just to find out what Jack and Annie are going to be discovering next. Even though there arent pictures on every page, he begs me to keep going 'Just to the next chapter, mom, please'. The neatest part of the entire experience is the little facts that are in the books, that i hear him bring up when he's around his friends, 'did you know that a colt is a baby horse' and 'mom, i told timothy about the saber tooth tiger....' the author has worked some incredible lessons that are important for children to learn while their young. the books are amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old loves this series. I enjoy reading the books with her. Although the books are fiction, they contain alot of facts and interesting information. My daughter is not only improving her reading skills but also learning history and science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work (volunteer) in the Col Johnston Elementary School Library Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I see a lot of books come into the library. I see a lot go out with the children, as well. I noticed that the Magic Tree House series are the most popular. So I decided to read them myself to see what they were all about. They are fantastic. I have only read two (2) of the books in this 24 book series and enjoyed them both. I have recommended this series to my daughter to read to the children or have the chidren read them to her. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want read more get more at the libray
ReaderRK More than 1 year ago
Good set. Easy to read, easy to follow the story lines. My 1st grader can not wait to get home from school to continue his reading from one book to another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good.