Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #7: Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic

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How long did it take to build the Titanic? Why did it sink? What was it like to be a passenger? What happened to the people who survived? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Titanic, Jack and Annie’s very own guide to the ship and its story. Includes information on the people who sailed on the Titanic, life on board the ship, the search for the sunken remains, Titanic artifacts today, and much more!

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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #7: Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic

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Overview

How long did it take to build the Titanic? Why did it sink? What was it like to be a passenger? What happened to the people who survived? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Titanic, Jack and Annie’s very own guide to the ship and its story. Includes information on the people who sailed on the Titanic, life on board the ship, the search for the sunken remains, Titanic artifacts today, and much more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375913570
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series , #7
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,020,061
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

WILL OSBORNE and MARY POPE OSBORNE have been married for a number of years and live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs, Joey, Mr. Bezo, and Little Bear.
 
Mary is the author of over one hundred books for children, including novels, picture books, biographies, and retellings of fairy tales and world mythologies. Will has worked for many years in the theater as an actor, director, and playwright. Together he and Mary have coauthored two books of Greek mythology and eight Magic Tree House® Fact Trackers. Will has also written a multimedia planetarium show, Magic Tree House Space Mission, and is cocreator with Randy Courts of Magic Tree House: The Musical, a full-scale Broadway-style family musical based on Christmas in Camelot.
 
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    A Magnificient Piece of Writing!

    This Book is wonderful piece and displays interseting facts in a kid-friendly way. Mary Pope Osborne writes with the audience in mind.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

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    According to my 7 year old...

    It is good. Super good. He likes the pictures and the "The Titanic in Fact and Fiction" part of the book. He loves reading all the facts and statistics. It is easy enough for him to read mostly on his own, but is still challenging. He has lots of favorite parts.

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    Posted March 31, 2014

    Really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Track facter Tianic

    Fyi I'm upseased with the Titanic ! Ireally enjoyed this book It gives a lot of intersting facts and some of the people who actulluy (can't spell that sorry ) went on there . I loved it ! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Ice girl 123

    I think the movie the titanic is great but im 11 and i think this book is kinda like the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Wonderful.....

    I've loved the titanic ever since i heard the name,like the movie was 3and a half hours long but still worth it. Oh my god and now there is a magic tree house book also , how cool.

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    The sample

    The sample didn't even get ti the first page! It only got to the copyrite page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    i love the titanic!

    Buy it now!

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    Posted June 7, 2012

    Great

    I love this cool book

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    Posted April 23, 2012

    Awsone

    Awsome book

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    Posted April 1, 2013

    The best EVER the only sad part is when it hits bthe iceberg

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    Posted March 2, 2013

    WISH

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    Posted December 2, 2012

    To the nook people

    I have been looking for a great titatac sample but i was wrong THE SAMPLE ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STUPID THEY BERLY HAVE ANY FIRST PAGES THEY HAVE JUST TH COPERITE PAGE SO IF ANY NOOK PEOPLE ARE READING THIS TEXT SHAP UP THE SAMPLE ARE ONLY 4-10 PAGES EACH AND I WANT123-356 PAGES OKAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :-(

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    Posted October 27, 2012

    TITANIC

    Fact tracker# 17& tonight on the TITANIC

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