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Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about.

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As in the other titles in the "Magic Tree House" series, a brother and sister named Jack and Annie are transported to another time and place through the use of books contained in a magical tree house. This time they travel to the Golden Age of Baghdad in order to help a caliph spread wisdom. While traveling to Baghdad, Jack and Annie meet a friendly traveler who entrusts them with a precious book. On their trip Jack and Annie learn to be respectful and to be humble. One particular instance of this education is when Jack has trouble with a camel and calls it stupid. The traveler, Mamoon, then explains that the camel is one of the greatest miracles of the desert because it is capable of surviving in the harsh climate. Jack learns his lesson and is able to help his sister not to brag to some boys later in the book. Though bandits raid their caravan and a sandstorm separates the siblings from the merchants, by the end of the story both Jack and Annie have respect for the Arab world and succeed in helping the caliph. The author based this story on past travels to this land and used research on two caliphs from the ninth century as a basis for the character. 2005, Random House, and Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375830310
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #34
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.66 (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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    sweet

    cool place for you to send Jack and annie to go!!

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    Posted January 15, 2012

    Awsome!!!!!!!

    Cool book!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Very good for imaginative nine-year olds.

    I use these books to read to my little reluctant reader. Their length, diction, and plots are well-suited to this age boys.

    The plots involve a pair of attractive elementary-school children and have just the right tension to keep the child's interest. My reading is just before he goes to sleep. You know the scenario: "I'll just rest my eyes a minute," and he is off to sleep and I turn off the lamp and creep out. However, if we are at the crux of the story, he will fight off sleep.

    Also, the illustrations are an asset to the story and he will often stare a while at each one before he lets me proceed.

    I hope your little one likes them as well as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    SNOOPY

    I really liked this book ad I would like to read it again.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

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    Desert Desires.

    Someone in this novel has a desire to gain wisdom. How do you acquire wisdom? Is wisdom worth more than silver, or gold, or precious gems and jewels? If you want to find out just journey with Jack and Annie on this mystery and suspense-filled tale of ¿Seasons of the Sandstorms.¿ You will learn about a caliph (KAY-liff), dates, where Baghdad is and why it is important to Jack and Annie, and about the House of Wisdom. What is the ship of the desert? And what is known as the fruit of the desert? Read about these and many other fascinating facts in this Magic Tree House novel, including a recipe for a ¿desert dessert¿ and how to make your own paper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Awesome!

    Good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2011

    Cool

    Coolest book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2010

    season of the sandstorms

    At the beginning of the story Jack and Annie woke up and got a message that they had to go on a mission to do for Teddy and Kathleen. Jack was getting in the book of rhymes to see what rhymes they were going to use to get to Bagdad. Jack and Anne rhyme that they were going to say and after they were done saying the rhyme the tree house started spinning around in circles. When the tree house stopped they couldn't see anything then they saw people on camels and the got down out of the tree house n stopped them and they were talking and they got a ride with them. Then they had to take a treasure somewhere where they couldn't get it. They were trying to find mammon and they turned around because they heard another sandstorm heading their way and they got off the camels and they tried to hide the box and they dunked down and after the storm was over they found Mammon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    The coolest book ever

    This book is filled with mystery and suspence you will not be able to put it down

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