Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. How did ancient Rome become an emipre? Where did ancient Romans go for fun? What happened to the Roman town of Pompeii? What have we learned from it? Find out the answers to these questions ...

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Overview

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. How did ancient Rome become an emipre? Where did ancient Romans go for fun? What happened to the Roman town of Pompeii? What have we learned from it? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375832208
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series , #14
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 78,928
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

MARY POPE OSBORNE and NATALIE POPE BOYCE are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. They are working on more Magic Tree House® Fact Tracker books to give Magic Tree House readers facts and information about places, time periods, and animals that Jack and Annie discover in the Magic Tree House adventures.
 
Mary lives in Connecticut. Natalie makes her home nearby in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Mary is the author of all the Magic Tree House fiction titles as well as many more books for kids.
 
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.

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 December 27, 2009

    a great introduction to roman life

    we bought this book for a book report for our 3rd grader. they were about to start a unit on ancient rome and she chose this book to do a book report on and make a game about in preparation for their lesson. she loved the book, there were great illustrations depicting many aspects of roman life - military, architecture, etc. there was also a lot of great trivia and an intro to latin roots of words. she ended up making a jeopardy game based on the book and there was plenty of material. the format is easy to understand and a very kid-friendly approach to history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    awesome

    i love these books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Read me!

    This book is so awsome! I don't know what to say!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Guess who

    Guess who said "the world will not end" and was right the girl who is wirting this ON YOUR FACE TI THE JURCKS WHO SAID " THE WORLD IS GOING TO END" WELL GUESS WHAT WHO EVER SAID THAT YOU ARE A PICE IF OF SH.T




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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Its agood book but

    Its a little short and uninformitive, BUT when your young it is thought provokeing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Boo!!terrible cause im an 11yearold der!

    Well noder!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Great

    Great

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    Posted August 13, 2012

    Cupcake and fallen

    She tied him to chair and pur him in a corner so he couldnt do anything while she slept

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    Posted August 3, 2012

    Wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    recommended

    My daughter reads all the fact trackers, she likes them better than the story books they go along with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Perfect to supplement classroom learning

    My 3rd Grade child used this extensively to support her learning on their study of Rome. She just had to have it - I was suspicious it would end up on the shelf unused. She carried back and forth to school for the entire time they studied Rome. She used it to write her paper and riddle us with facts.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Very informative book!

    I picked up this book to find out more about Rome and it actually helped as I went to the exhibit on Pompeii. It helped me understand life as it was in that time period and the book was educational from my viewpoint.

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    Posted October 28, 2012

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