Winter of the Ice Wizard (Magic Tree House Series #32)

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JACK AND ANNIE, joined by Teddy and Kathleen (from earlier books), travel in the Magic Tree House to a land of snow where the Ice Wizard has captured Morgan and Merlin. The four friends must find the Ice Wizard’s missing eye . . . or is it really his heart that is missing?

Jack and Annie are joined by Teddy and Kathleen as they travel to the snowy Land-Behind-the-Clouds, where they search for the eye of the Ice Wizard and attempt ...

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Overview

JACK AND ANNIE, joined by Teddy and Kathleen (from earlier books), travel in the Magic Tree House to a land of snow where the Ice Wizard has captured Morgan and Merlin. The four friends must find the Ice Wizard’s missing eye . . . or is it really his heart that is missing?

Jack and Annie are joined by Teddy and Kathleen as they travel to the snowy Land-Behind-the-Clouds, where they search for the eye of the Ice Wizard and attempt to help Merlin and Morgan.

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Editorial Reviews

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Jack and Annie of Frog Creek are happily baking Christmas cookies with their mother when they realize that it is the evening of the winter solstice. Remembering that their friends, Merlin and Morgan le Fay, had last called for their help on the summer solstice they race out doors to search for the magic tree house in the Frog Creek woods just in case they are needed again. They soon come across the tree house and their friends, Teddy and Kathleen, from Camelot. It is Teddy and Kathleen who have come this time to summon the help of Jack and Annie after finding a message from Merlin. Transported by the tree house to a magical frozen land, the four children encounter the fearful Ice Wizard and soon realize that it was he who actually sent for them. Jack, Annie, Teddy and Kathleen quickly understand that they will have to help the Ice Wizard in order to find the missing Merlin and Morgan le Fay. Armed only with a rhyme, a wind string and sleigh, the foursome set out upon another adventurous "Merlin Mission." As another fine installment of the "Magic Tree House" series, Mary Pope Osborne continues to delight young readers with the adventures of Jack and Annie through time and history. The subtle introduction to the world of myths and legends is wonderful in helping children to appreciate the art of storytelling. 2004, Random House, Ages 6 to 9.
—Trina Heidt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375827365
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #32
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 643,138
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.65 (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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    this is an average series

    its really good i probably like it even more if i was younger

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Dolphins at day break

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    winter of the ice wizard

    Merlin the magician and Morgan le Fay have mysteriously disappeared! To find them, Jack and Annie journey with their friends Teddy and Kathleen to a frozen kingdom of ice and snow. There they must go on a mission for the one-eyed Ice Wizard, Chased by wolves and braving terrible storms, they have only two things to heip them- a magic rpoe and the Ice Wizard's strange rhyme: take my sleigh And find your way To the House of the Norns In the curve of the bay. Pay them whatever They tell you to pay. Then bring back my eye By break of day.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Eyeball?

    They have to find an EYEBALL?

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Great

    Love the book

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    A Great Book

    I love the magic treehouse, and Winter of the Ice Wizard was one of the best of them all. Non-stop action from the moment they find the stone with a message from Merlin. My favorite part was when they found the sleigh after being chased by wolves. If you haven't already read this book, you should pick it up. There's no other way to learn why the Norns insist that you should never look at the Frost Giant!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    read

    I read a lot of this kinds of books

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    love it

    love it so much

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    love it

    i love the entire series :)

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    Best Book Ever

    I loved it.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    This book was O.K.

    The book I am reviewing is Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osborne. I think this book deserves three stars because it is a little strange. This book is about a brother and a sister who have to find the Ice Wizard¿s eye. They have to get past the wolves and the Frost Giant, and also get help from the norns. A problem that occurs in the story is that there is no way to travel. I would recommend this book to friends. Other books by this author include Day of the Dragon King, Ghost Town at Sundown, and many more!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    i love it!

    Buy it now!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    Fun Reading

    Mary Pope Osborne may not be the most inspired children's author ever, but when you get right down to it, her books are a lot of fun. When you read the last page of Winter of the Ice Wizard you are not going to close the book overwhelmed and reflect on what you read. You are more likely to move right on to the next book on your list. And ten years from now, when you think about all the wonderful books you read as a child you will probably be thinking of other books, but in the meantime you will have a fun few days reading this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Hudson

    I hate it



    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    The book

    Get your cheeks back

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    This book is for nerds

    This is ectaplism work dumb stupid book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Okay listen up,,,,,,,,,,,

    This boook is maybey oh i dont nkow maybey like totally awsomeness i mean i m who dosent want to read this soooooooo coooooool book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Magic

    I think it is cool because anybody even parents can read it to it is like a all age

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Lisen up..

    This book is awesome.!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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