Authors: Mary Pope Osborne
Tags: #Ages 5 and up
Here's what kids have to say to
Mary Pope Osborne, author of
the Magic Tree House series:
WOW! You have an imagination like no other.
I love your books. If you stop writing books, it will be like losing a best friend.
I think you are the real Morgan le Fay. There is always magic in your books.
One day I was really bored and I didn't want to readÂ â¦Â I looked in your book. I read a sentence, and it was interesting. So I read some more, until the book was done. It was so good I read more and more. Then I had read all of your books, and now I hope you write lots more.
I always read [your books] over and overÂ â¦Â 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 timesÂ â¦Â
You are my best author in the world. I love your books. I read all the time. I read everywhere. My mom is like freaking out.
I hope you make these books for all yours and mine's life.
Teachers and librarians love
Magic Tree House
Thank you for opening faraway places and times to my class through your books. They have given me the chance to bring in additional books, materials, and videos to share with the class.
It excites me to see how involved [my fourth-grade reading class] is in your booksÂ â¦Â I would do anything to get my students more involved, and this has done it.
I discovered your books last yearÂ â¦Â WOW! Our students have gone crazy over them. I can't order enough copies!Â â¦Â Thanks for contributing so much to children's literature!
I first came across your Magic Tree House series when my son brought one homeÂ â¦Â I have since introduced this great series to my class. They have absolutely fallen in love with these books!Â â¦Â My students are now asking me for more independent reading time to read them. Your stories have inspired even my most struggling readers.
I love how I can go beyond the [Magic Tree House] books and use them as springboards for other learning.
We have enjoyed your books all year long. We check your Web site to find new information. We pull our map down to find the areas where the adventures take place. My class always chimes in at key parts of the story. It feels good to hear my students ask for a book and cheer when a new book comes out.
Our students have “Magic Tree House fever.” I can't keep your books on the library shelf.
Your books truly invite children into the pleasure of reading. Thanks for such terrific work.
The children in the fourth grade even hide the [Magic Tree House] books in the library so that they will be able to find them when they are ready to check them out.
My Magic Tree House books are never on the bookshelf because they are always being read by my students. Thank you for creating such a wonderful series.
Text copyright Â© 1996 by Mary Pope Osborne.
Illustrations copyright Â© 1996 by Sal Murdocca.
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright
Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York,
and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Osborne, Mary Pope. Midnight on the moon / by Mary Pope Osborne;
illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
p. cm. â (Magic tree house; #8) “A first stepping stone book.”
The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to a moon base in the future where they continue to search for the fourth thing they need to free their friend Morgan from the magician's spell.
[1. MoonâFiction. 2. Time travelâFiction. 3. MagicâFiction. 4. Science fiction.]
I. Murdocca, Sal, ill. II. Title. III. Series: Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic tree house
series; #8. PZ7.O81167Mi 1996 [Fic]âdc20 96-17298
Random House, Inc. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland
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1. By Moonlight
2. Space Motel
3. Open Sesame!
4. Moon Rabbits
5. Hang On!
6. High Jump
7. The Moon Man
For Jacob and Elena Levi
and Aram and Molly Hanessian
One summer day in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, a mysterious tree house appeared in the woods.
Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, climbed into the tree house.
The tree house was filled with books and it was
. It could go any place that was in a book. All Jack and Annie had to do was to point to a picture and wish to go there.
They visited dinosaurs, knights, an Egyptian queen, pirates, ninjas, and the Amazon rain forest.
Along the way, they discovered that the tree house belonged to Morgan le Fay. Morgan was a magical librarian from the time of King Arthur. She traveled through time and space, gathering books for her library.
One day, Jack and Annie found a note that said Morgan was under a spell. Jack and Annie set out in the magic tree house to find four special things that would free her.
With the help of a mouse named Peanut, Jack and Annie found the first thing in old Japan, the second in the Amazon rain forest, and the third in the Ice Age.
Now Jack, Annie, and Peanut are ready to find the last thingÂ â¦Â in
Midnight on the Moon
“Jack!” whispered a voice.
Jack opened his eyes. He saw a figure in the moonlight.
“Wake up. Get dressed.” It was his sister, Annie.
Jack turned on his lamp. He rubbed his eyes.
Annie was standing beside his bed. She wore jeans and a sweatshirt.
“Let's go to the tree house,” she said.
“What time is it?” asked Jack. He put on his glasses.
“Don't look at your clock,” said Annie.
Jack looked at his clock. “Oh, man,” he said. “It's midnight. It's too dark.”
“No, it isn't. The moon makes it bright enough to see,” said Annie.
“Wait till morning,” said Jack.
“Noânow,” said Annie. “We have to find the fourth M thing. I have a feeling that the full moon might help us.”
“That's nuts,” said Jack. “I want to sleep.”
“You can sleep when we come back home,” said Annie. “No time will have passed.”
Jack sighed. “Oh, brother,” he said.
But he got out of bed.
“Yay!” whispered Annie. “Meet you at the back door.” She tiptoed out of Jack's room.
Jack yawned. He pulled on his jeans and sneakers and a sweatshirt. He put his notebook and pencil into his backpack. Then he crept down the stairs.
Annie opened the back door. Quietly, they stepped outside.
“Waitâ” said Jack. “We need a flashlight.”
“No, we don't. I told youâthe moon will light our way,” said Annie. And she took off.
Jack sighed, then followed her.
Annie was right, thought Jack. The moon was so bright that he could see his shadow. Everything seemed washed with silver.