Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House Series #8)

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Illustrated in black-and-white. Jack and Annie are whisked forty years forward in time and land at an international space station on the moon. There they don space suits and go exploring the lunar surface in search of the fourth object needed to free the enchantress Morgan le Fay from a powerful spell.

The magic treehouse takes Jack and Annie to a moon base in the future where they continue to search for the fourth thing they need ...

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Overview

Illustrated in black-and-white. Jack and Annie are whisked forty years forward in time and land at an international space station on the moon. There they don space suits and go exploring the lunar surface in search of the fourth object needed to free the enchantress Morgan le Fay from a powerful spell.

The magic treehouse takes Jack and Annie to a moon base in the future where they continue to search for the fourth thing they need to free their friend Morgan from the magician's spell.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
    Magic Tree House Series  

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Eighth in the series, Jack and Annie are off to the moon to find the fourth item in their quest to free Morgan le Fay from a magic spell. In previous adventures, the brother and sister team had obtained a Moonstone, mango, and a mammoth bone, but what were they supposed to find on the moon? In addition to the adventure and a touch of suspense, kids learn some facts about the moon. The pattern of these books is similar, and they offer both entertainment and education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679863748
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #8
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 40,975
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

*  Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.

* After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete.  She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

* She was a bartender, an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant — all before becoming an author!  Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.

* In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

* Mary her husband Will spilt their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania.  They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes!  

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 January 26, 2012

    Magic Lover

    My second grade teacher made us read these in groups. I loved these books....i grew up on them. They teach kids real facts but it is still kid friendly! To be honest after six years i would still pick up a magic tree house book n still enjoy it. Every book is great, so go for all of them:D

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    It's a good book!

    IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. IT HAD A LOT OF SCIENTIFIC FACTS. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Travel to the Moon!

    This book was great because it talked about space and visiting the moon. When I read this story, I felt like I was actually on the moon! I learned all about moon buggys and living on the moon. Jack and Annie had another scary adventure, but at the end they found what they were looking for.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Wow

    Womderful

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Reading

    Love mary pope osborne

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    This book was great!

    The book midnight on the moon was one of the best books I ever read. It really made me think I was on the moon, or a eaiser way to say it was that I felt like jack and annie. Midnight On The Moon was a awesome book!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    TO MR HATE IT

    I LOVE YOU

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Good book!!!

    I LOVE MARY POPO OSBOREN BOOKS! I think she did a good job on the book, so I give 5 stars!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Space

    I highly recommend this to any 8-9 year old who likes space.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Excellent

    Wonderfully written, outstanding collection to start and add to. One of my son's favourite collections

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    the book is amazing to read

    I love the book because its so incredibly made! Mary Popsone is the uniquest authors ive ever heard of. She is the one who inspired me to write and now look at my writing grades now!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Intresting and asome!!!!!!!

    Sonds asome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Hate it

    It sukt so bad

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Why midnight?

    Why not morning or afternoon?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Not the right book

    Its more mystery than adventure and danger which makes a book a great book so dont buy this book if you like adventure and danger because this book dosent have it!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    A another great book.

    I love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Mason

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Good book girl

    It ia the best fookz

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Good

    Awesome book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Boo

    Fooled you its so good.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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