Moonlight on the Magic Flute (Magic Tree House Series #41)

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Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn—including a wig for Jack and a giant hoopskirt for Annie!—the two siblings search an entire palace to no avail. Their hunt is further hampered by the appearance of a mischievous little boy who is determined to follow them everywhere. But when the boy lets the animals out of the palace zoo, Jack and Annie have to use the only magic at their disposal to ...

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Overview

Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn—including a wig for Jack and a giant hoopskirt for Annie!—the two siblings search an entire palace to no avail. Their hunt is further hampered by the appearance of a mischievous little boy who is determined to follow them everywhere. But when the boy lets the animals out of the palace zoo, Jack and Annie have to use the only magic at their disposal to save themselves and the naughty little fellow.

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In this Magic Tree House time travel adventure, Jack and Annie zip off to 18th-century Austria to help a young musician named Mozart. Dressed in the extravagant attire of the time, the sibling sleuths search high and low for the prodigy, but without success. However, they do encounter a prodigiously talented, mischievous little boy who follows them everywhere they go. Several surprises (and illuminations) await readers in this clever romp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856471
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series, #41
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 48,339
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (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."

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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    I'VE READ THE WHOLE SERIES

    I READ THE BOOKS AS THEY COME OUT AND THEN PASS THEM ON TO MY GRANDCHILDREN. I FIND THE BOOKS ARE AN INFORMATIVE QUICK READ THAT HAVE HELPED ME LEARN AND I SEE THE YOUNG PEOPLE ENJOYING READING AS THEY LEARN. I RECOMMEND THE WHOLE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES PLUS THE RESEARCH GUIDES.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Mesmerizing & Imaginative

    My 3rd grade grand daughter read it in one sitting.She has enjoyed every story in The Magic Tree House series & has become more educated in a variety of subjects; she finds each one enchanting!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Great Book to learn about Wolfgang Mozart

    I am a music teacher. This book was recommended to me by one of my piano students. I am now recommending it to all of my other piano students. It is a fun way for children to learn about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! I enjoyed reading it and I know that my students will enjoy it too!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Excellent

    Mary Pope Osborne never disappoints her readers. Using historical figures such as Mozart brings the past alive.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    A Hook into Classical Music with a Great Series

    We began reading the Magic Tree House Series when my son was a first grader. Now, he's finished third grade and continues to wait for the next Jack and Annie. This last one followed in the tradition of a good stories with a hook into a historical event or character. Since reading about Mozart in Jack and Annie, he has also learned more about the rest of his life and music.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

    wonderful new addition to MTH series

    we really enjoyed the story---the cover and interior illustrations are great too. mary pope osborne and sal murdocca continue to be a good team.
    it is wonderful how the MTH books are such fun stories but also educational.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Moonlight on the Magic Flute takes Jack and Annie back to eighteenth century Austria to meet the famous Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was a child.

    Another great adventure for Jack and Annie. My children read the Magic Tree House series since first grade and they love every single book. Good language, interesting facts, magic and adventure. A good book for grades 1-4, depending on reading ability.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

    Best One Yet

    Educational as well great fun.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    love the books!

    i love all of your books and good luck with the future to mary pope osborne

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Aniya

    Greatest book yet!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Best magic tree house book yet

    I read it in 2nd grade and LOVED it I would love to read it againn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Cool

    Thanks ro the Magic Tree House books I've been imagining more than anyone else I know.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    PRETTY GOOD

    Pretty good.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2011

    Awsome

    I love it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Joe

    It' the best book Mary Pope Osborne has written!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    nice!!!!!!!

    this was an awesome book!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Awesome!

    I've read almost EVERY book in this series, and this one is just x amazing!! GO JACK AND ANNIE!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    This series is fantastic!!

    Three of these books in the series were purchased for my niece and
    nephew. The books are absolutely a joy to read. They are also very informative and educational. The illustrations are most attractive
    to readers of all ages. Best of all, they encourage you to read from
    cover to cover. That is the best reason to choose this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Adorable

    This book is great for young kids. It is wildly imaginative.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

    seriously?????

    with all the editors that books have to go through i cant believe that someone didnt catch that the flute is being played the wrong way. I mean I know this is a children's book....but COME ON.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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