Viking Ships at Sunrise (Magic Tree House Series #15) [NOOK Book]

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

"Beware of ...
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Viking Ships at Sunrise (Magic Tree House Series #15)

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Overview

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

"Beware of Vikings!"

warns Morgan. Then Jack and Annie are whisked back to ancient Ireland. They land on a cliff on a misty island. How will they find the story they are looking for? It will take a Viking invasion, the help of a jolly monk, and a lot of courage for Jack and Annie to succeed in Viking Ships at Sunrise.

Visit the Magic Tree House website!
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From the Trade Paperback edition.

Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to a monastery in medieval Ireland, where they try to retrieve a lost book while being menaced by Viking raiders.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
    Magic Tree House Series  

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you have any familiarity with the "Magic Tree House" series, then this book, number fifteen, will hold no surprises. Annie and Jack have a magical tree house that transports them back in time. On this outing, they head to Ireland where Morgan La Fay has asked them to obtain a special hand written book. The kids have a close call with some Viking raiders, but manage to escape safely home. As with the other adventures, history, customs and culture are woven into the story making the adventure a painless history and geography lesson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375894725
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) , #15
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 68,686
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Accurate and engaging

    This was our first Magic Treehouse book and I am pleased. I had just returned from Scandinavia when I bought this for my 6 yo and 4 yo daughters, hoping that they could learn something of what I had garnered from my trip. Happily, I think they did. I like the format of the series. As a child I would have *loved* to have travelled via a treehouse to distant times and places. What child wouldn't want to meet characters from somewhere else? I like the idea of fetching books- I love books so the task would be appealing to me. From my reading of Viking raids, it is very likely that raids took place as described here, against the Irish monks. Vikings were in search of stored foods, wealth and whatever else they could grab on a quick morning attack. There would have been many ships and a fast assault as portrayed here. Many aspects of the raids were left out, and that is just fine for the young school-age reader. These are chapter books that can be easily read by an advanced first grader over several days, or read as bedtime stories by parents over one or two evenings. There are some illustrations to augment the storyline, but the main focus of the book is the text.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    STOP SEROUCILAY

    I want to here your opion thats what reviews are all about not jhsjeowjewhetahnqelroufbxvdyqfd.duggwgw?Jhehejejwdkwhqgfjwodufk. See thats not in opion thats i dont know what that is this is in opion this book was great and exciting and mytrios.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    Jillian

    Magic tree house is the best series ever to bad my teacher only has like two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Good Story - Great Characters

    This was a good book. I learned a lot about Ireland.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    GREAT

    This book took me to Ireland I felt like I was there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This book was appropriate for my 7 year old. He absolutely loved this book. He loves all the magic tree house books.

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    Posted December 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Bonnie-anne

    "Ye didnt need to...but thanks."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Hi

    Luke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    This is GREAT!:)

    Worst book ever:(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Viking Ships at Sunrise-Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdcodda

    In "Viking Ships At Sunrise", Jack and Annie are whisked away to the time of Vikings to find the third story for Morgan's library. When they get there, they can see absolutely no civilization at all! They finally come across a jolly monk, and he shows them his monastory.They find the book they need, but it isn't finished yet. So they decide to go back and tell Morgan that it isn't done. But on there way back to the tree house, they find themselves staring at the backs of Vikings! Will they ever get the story they need? And will they get back to the tree house-alive?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Ok.

    These books get old after awile, but they are somewhat good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Happy

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

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    for kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I absolutly love all of her books i dont usally like to read but i love to read her books

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    rrd

    v. ,b vhu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    supercalifrajalesticexpialidoshis book

    I have never read such a nice book in my entire life . I like the part when the serpent helps them .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2005

    Great book

    i've come to a conclusion that i love these books. You're a great writer... I love you're books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    A Great Story

    This was a good book. If you are a person who likes adventures you will like this book

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    Posted May 30, 2011

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