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

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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?

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to Elizabethan London, where they become actors in a ...

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Overview

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?

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to Elizabethan London, where they become actors in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and try to rescue a tame bear.

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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: 3/12/2002
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #25
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 52,234
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.30 (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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

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    ' 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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Another great book in the Magic Tree House Series

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    Super

    I really felt like I was in London in the 1600's. I even met Shakespear

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Mikey Loves this book

    I love this book so much that I read it almost all the time

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Magic

    I liked this books so much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Review of Osborne's Stage Fright on a Summer Night

    While I enjoyed the book, I don't feel that it would be the best means to introduce children to the works of Shakespeare. If your intent is to get young children to be excited about Shakespeare, you may want to find a better book. Osborne doesn't really explain some of the nuances of the age, such as only males are allowed to perform on stage. Though the book does focus primarily on children dealing with stage fright, it could be helpful in that area.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    COOL

    I LIKE THE PART WHEN ANNIE SUPPOSED TO ACT LIKE SHE IS A BOY

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    Posted April 2, 2012

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    Good reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Okay

    I liked these books for like a year but then they got to easy to read and not as exciting to read so if the author could write abooks like that for older faster readers it would be great but if not wel it is her loss because alot of people would by them

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    Posted June 12, 2012

    Res twelve for fright

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