Magic Tree House The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles Boxed Set #3: Book 9 - 12 (Magic Treehouse Series)

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Books 9–12 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the chapter-book series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic ...

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Overview

Books 9–12 of the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time!
 
These four titles are the perfect gift for a Magic Tree House fan or any child who loves a good adventure. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the chapter-book 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.
 
In books 9–12, Morgan le Fay, the magical librarian of Camelot, challenges Jack and Annie to find the answers to four riddles. To do so, they must travel under the sea and to the Wild West, the African plains, and the frozen Arctic. It’s a difficult and dangerous task, but if Jack and Annie succeed, they will become Master Librarians!
 
Books in this set include: Dolphins at Daybreak (#9), Ghost Town at Sundown (#10), Lions at Lunchtime (#11), and Polar Bears Past Bedtime (#12).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375825538
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series
  • Sales rank: 19,981
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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. Ms. Osborne 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 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 November 15, 2006

    early exposure to classical themes

    I'm the mom of a five year old boy who read all 28 magic treehouse books in about 30 days. My son just couldn't stop asking for them! I was so happy to see him learning about ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and about our Civil and Revolutionary Wars. He learned about history and he also learned about human relations as he saw the protagonists Jack and Annie, brother and sister learn from each other's strengths and weaknesses and about how two children from the same family approach life from totally different perspectives. What a lovely series. Ms. Osborne has made history 'come alive' for my son and me. I'm impressed that she could hold his attention through these ten-chapter books, but he wanted to read more than one each night. It was wonderful sharing the expereince with him-- what a great author! Thanks Mary Pope Osborne!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great Reading for Kids

    I bought these books for my grandson per his request. He is in the second grade and had read a few of these books from the library. He likes the mystery and excitement of each book, they take you on an adventure. I strongely recommend this book to beginner readers as well as any child who likes adventure.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

    I enjoy all of the books by Mary Pope Osborne...

    I recommend this book to all ages because I enjoyed them and I am eleven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Long live fantasy books!!!!!!

    As with books 1-8, 9-12 are great. Jack and Annie seek greatness and follow a dream. A great series for youngsters. Teaches kids to 'go for it!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    These books grabbed my daughters heart and pulled her into reading.

    It has been a challenge to get my daughter interested in reading. Ms. Osborne's books did the trick. She enjoyed these book so much and asked me, 'When can we get more?' Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2004

    My daughter love it

    Both my daughters (ages 8 and 9) enjoy the Magic Tree House series. I think most children should begin reading them around age 7, or have an adult read it to them. They are filled with adventures and I'm sure you'll learn a little history and science along the way.

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