Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House Series #25)

Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House Series #25)

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
     
 

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The show must go on!

That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare's

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

The show must go on!

That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare's having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare?

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Jack and Annie are no strangers to adventure. Through the discovery of a magic tree house, the siblings have met a magical librarian, traveled through time, solved ancient riddles, and helped save Camelot. In this escapade, they find themselves in Elizabethan England. With only a book about 16th-century England to help them, they must solve a secret rhyme: "To find a special magic,/You must step into the light/And without wand, spell, or charm,/Turn daytime into night." Along the way, the kids meet a playwright who requires serious help. He needs two people to appear in his play -- and fast! Jack and Annie agree and soon find themselves onstage, performing A Midsummer Night's Dream. And they discover that the mysterious playwright is none other than William Shakespeare! The Bard's magical language and superlative theater soon help them solve the riddle.

Author Mary Pope Osborne has achieved great success with the Magic Tree House series. With exciting story lines and a heavy dose of truly interesting historical facts, Osborne succeeds in enchanting younger readers into a world where learning is fun. In Stage Fright on a Summer Night, she includes a letter to readers explaining that the theater is one of her passions and that she drew upon her own experiences of stage fright and sheer excitement to crate Jack and Annie's reactions onstage. Osborne also includes a list of many of the words and expressions Shakespeare introduced into literature -- such as "All the world's a stage" from As You Like It and "Parting is such sweet sorrow" from Romeo and Juliet. A delightful journey into the world of Merrie England and a fantastic introduction to the world of Shakespeare. (Amy Barkat)

Children's Literature
Eight-year-old Jack and seven-year-old Annie are summoned to the Magic Tree House by the sight of a shooting star¾they know the star is actually their guide, Morgan le Fay. She has a treat in store for them this time. In order to say thank you for all of the help the siblings have provided in earlier volumes in the time-travel series, Morgan tells them they will now learn some magic of their own. The children study the reference book she has provided, and are instantly whisked to "Merry Olde England." Their charge is to "turn daytime into night" without any magic spells. Jack and Annie encounter a man named Will who needs their help. Two of the fairies from the play he is putting on at the Globe Theater did not appear for the performance, so the children are drafted to take over the roles. Annie becomes "Andy," since female performers were not permitted. During their adventures, Jack overcomes stage fright and comes to understand the magic involved in theater. As with the other books in the "Magic Tree House" series, in this 25th book, readers are provided basic information about the era woven into an easy-to-read story with familiar characters. 2002, Stepping Stone/Random House, Judy Rowen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375806117
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/12/2002
Series:
Magic Tree House Series, #25
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
56,157
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House Series #25) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main characters, Jack and Annie, are always going to meet famous people and see famous places on their adventures. This was a great book that takes Jack and Annie back in time to meet Shakespeare. They get to join in a play with fairies and princesses. Queen Elizabeth is in the play with them. What I like about this book is it has magic, lots of adventure, and is very easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that I read it almost all the time
Guest More than 1 year ago
' A penny to stand! A penny to stand!' Stage Fright on a Summer Night is about two kids named Jack and Annie who discover a magic tree house that takes them back in time or ahead of time. This time they travel to London, England and land next to London Bridge. In an attempt to save a bear, the owner chases after them. Jack and Annie are needed to star in a famous play. It is against the law for girls to take part in any play. They decide to pull her hair back and call her Andy. Jack was very nervous before the play. A friend told him to think of something to calm his mind. The author was trying to say whenever you have stage fright, try and think of calmer things. I really enjoyed this book and I think many fictional readers will like it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really felt like I was in London in the 1600's. I even met Shakespear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LIKE THE PART WHEN ANNIE SUPPOSED TO ACT LIKE SHE IS A BOY
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I perssonally love Magic tree house books they just carry me away in their adventures and I love that.
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