Vacation under the Volcano (Magic Tree House Series #13)

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In their first adventure as Master Librarians, Jack and Annie go to the city of Pompeii to bring back an ancient story that is in danger of being lost forever. Little do they know they are saving the myth of Hercules! But before they can find it, the town's volcano erupts in a mighty explosion. Just when things look hopeless, Jack and Annie get some unexpected help from a certain mythic hero - and the rest, as they say, is history.

Their magic tree house takes Annie ...

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Overview

In their first adventure as Master Librarians, Jack and Annie go to the city of Pompeii to bring back an ancient story that is in danger of being lost forever. Little do they know they are saving the myth of Hercules! But before they can find it, the town's volcano erupts in a mighty explosion. Just when things look hopeless, Jack and Annie get some unexpected help from a certain mythic hero - and the rest, as they say, is history.

Their magic tree house takes Annie and Jack to Pompeii just as Vesuvius is about to erupt, and they must find a Roman scroll before everything is covered with burning ash.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
    Magic Tree House Series  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679890508
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 57,966
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (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."

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 12, 2009

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    Food for first graders

    My first grader read this and loved it. I am going to get her more in the series.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    Vacation under the Volcano Review

    My Review over Vacation under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne Today I will review a story book from the Magic Tree house series. It is ¿Vacation under the Volcano, a Historical Fiction book. This book is about Jack and Anne (the main characters) going on a mission to Pompeii, Italy. But there is a problem, the mountain above the city named, Mt. Vesuvius, is about to erupt!And as Jack and Anne continue on their mission, they learn about the eruption that will happen. Then, it blows. Jack and Anne rush to the bridge to escape the city, but the bridge has collapsed, and the river has dried up! Will Jack and Anne escape? Or will they be history in Pompeii? Read, Vacation Under the Volcano to find out. In this book, I think there were 3 main strengths. One- Description of the characters. I think the author had really described them well. Two- Description of setting. The author describes most of the setting well. Three- The Facts. Mary Pope Osborne has this area nailed. She has explained everything about Pompeii that Jack and Anne learned very well, she knows her facts! In this book, I think there was only one weakness, the description of setting in the beginning. In the beginning, the story starts at Jack and Anne¿s house, she didn¿t describe this area very well at all¿. I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! The reason is this- it is so fun to read, yet is educational. It is great for 2nd to 5th graders to read in my opinion! I hope that you want to grab this book off the shelves at the local bookstore now that you have read my review, and will enjoy this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    My son loves Jack and Annie...

    My son is 6 years old..he got a set of Magic Treehouse books from his grandfather and has been hooked ever since. Very entertaining and even educational.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    This book was good.

    The Vacation under the Volcano By Mary Pope Osborne The book I was reading is was called Vacation under the Volcano .The book was mostly about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. They are very smart they had a magic tree house by Frog wood creek. The tree house can also take you any were you wish. There wish was to go to Pompeii. While they were in Pompeii they learned about soothsayers and other many people. A soothsayer is a person who can see into the future and warn others what they saw. I think the Arthur wrote this book because she might would like kids like you learn more about Pompeii. I like this book because I learned more about Pompeii . Derondre Smith

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great classroom resource

    We did a research report on volcanoes in my third grade classroom. This was a great fiction tag along to enhance the report!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Amazing

    It is the best book ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Vacation Under the Volcano

    I think you will like this book. I learned about Roman numerals, volcanos and the ancient city of Pompeii. It was reaally cool!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Shade

    Good to meet you cookie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Holly

    Climbs up on my bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Cookie

    Cookie offers Shade a sunflower seed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Black

    Shade , are you a mouse? If you're the hamster, that part is taken. But for now, just keep it untill Cookie and Oreo come back.)) Bbs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Highly recommended; Magic Tree House series very educatioinal to toddlers

    My 6 year old niece has about 20 books of the Magic Tree House series. After reading the book, she had alot of questions about volcanos, such as how fast does lava flow, did the people of Pompeii have any warning, why did they build the town so close to a volcano, what about Hawaii? Excellent book. More importantly, it sparked her interest in related topics about volcanos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    hi

    I dont like this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Ewe

    Angel was here...bored i dont like this books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Crasycody

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Love it so much

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    589

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    I love this book!!!

    It was so interesting and i couldn't stop reading it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Up Upside Downside

    The only proplem i have is that i can read these in a day wich i dont really like. Now i am on the 12th book and i stared 12 days ago so ya and if you see this please write me back


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