Magic Tree House: Books 1-4 Ebook Collection: Mystery of the Tree House [NOOK Book]

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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 will take the brother-and-sister team next.

The story begins with Dinosaurs Before ...
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Magic Tree House: Books 1-4 Ebook Collection: Mystery of the Tree House

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449810354
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Books 1 - 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 25,881
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 10 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. 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.

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    The Magic Tree House Series by Oscar

    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.

    31 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A Great Set !

    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.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Good read

    One of the best books I have read. I loved every minute reading this

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    mom whos son hated to read until now

    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.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    As a child, these books were the books that helped me become such a fantastic reader:]

    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.] :]

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

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    My son loved these books!

    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.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    My grandson and I read the first Magic Treehouse together a coup

    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!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

    I really enjoyed this book...

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Madison

    I love Magic Tree House books!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Lili

    4 books all in 1!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Love

    These books are great for any age group, and is very intertaining..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Peanut Kid

    Well if you want to join a chat room search up abe licon gets his chance go to page 2 of 2 and tap the last book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    good for early readers

    This series is geared toward younger kids and very age appropriate.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Mean

    It mean to say that these books are boring to other people because mabey some aother people like these books. One question for you how old are you?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    BORING!!!!!

    These are the worst books in my life.......
    The magic tree house books arent good for me it makes me barf to death.
    Sorry Mary Pope Osborn but mabey next time wrighting another series, more intrasting charaters, and not let it be a tree house...
    I need half a star too!
    I dont know how my sister likes these books a least she used to i hope.....

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Great for beginning chapter books.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Great Pick!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    My 5 year old son and I cant get enough

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Loved by Mom and Daughter

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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