Moonlight on the Magic Flute: A Merlin Mission

BOOK: Moonlight on the Magic Flute: A Merlin Mission
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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.
—Adam W.

I love your books. If you stop writing books, it will be like losing a best friend.
—Ben M.

I think you are the real Morgan le Fay. There is always magic in your books.
—Erica Y.

One day I was really bored and I didn’t want to read. . . . 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.
—Danai K.

I always read [your books] over and over . . .  1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 times. . . . 
—Yuan C.

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.
—Ellen C.

I hope you make these books for all yours and mine’s life.
—Riki H.

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Magic Tree House
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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.
—J. Cameron

It excites me to see how involved [my fourth-grade reading class] is in your books. . . . I would do anything to get my students more involved, and this has done it.
—C. Rutz

I discovered your books last year. . . . WOW! Our students have gone crazy over them. I can’t order enough copies! . . . Thanks for contributing so much to children’s literature!
—C. Kendziora

I first came across your Magic Tree House series when my son brought one home. . . . I have since introduced this great series to my class. They have absolutely fallen in love with these books! . . . My students are now asking me for more independent reading time to read them. Your stories have inspired even my most struggling readers.
—M. Payne

I love how I can go beyond the [Magic Tree House] books and use them as springboards for other learning.
—R. Gale

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.
—J. Korinek

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—J. Rafferty

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—S. Smith

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.
—K. Mortensen

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.
—K. Mahoney

’ve always wanted Jack and Annie to go to the country of Austria, and now, finally, they do in
Moonlight on the Magic Flute
. When I was a small child, my family lived in Austria for three years. Our home was in Salzburg, a beautiful old town situated on the banks of a river and surrounded by mountains. Best of all, a huge castle sits on a hilltop in Salzburg overlooking the town. I could see the castle from the windows of our house!

Living in Austria was like living in a fairy tale. I’m certain it gave me my love of fairy tales and folklore, and it also gave me the feeling from a very early age that everyday life has a touch of magic to it. So I hope that now you, too, will have a great trip to this country that meant so much to me a long time ago.

Text copyright © 2009 by Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Sal Murdocca

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Random House and colophon are registered trademarks and A Stepping Stone Book and colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. Magic Tree House is a registered trademark of Mary Pope Osborne; used under license.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Moonlight on the magic flute / by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca. — 1st ed.
  p. cm. — (Magic tree house; #41)
“A Merlin mission.”
“A Stepping Stone book.”
Summary: Jack and Annie travel to Vienna, Austria, in 1762, where they meet the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister and help save the budding genius’s life.
eISBN: 978-0-375-89463-3
[1. Time travel—Fiction. 2. Magic—Fiction. 3. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus,
1756–1791—Fiction. 4. Brothers and sisters—Fiction. 5. Vienna (Austria)—History—
18th century—Fiction. 6. Austria—History—1740–1789—Fiction.]
I. Murdocca, Sal, ill. II. Title.
PZ7.O81167Mpl 2009 [Fic]—dc22 2008022608

RL: 2.7


To Janet, Alan, Colin, and Ross,
who have known for a long time
that music is magic

And with special thanks
to Dr. Jack Hrkach

Title Page
Dear Reader
To the Summer Palace
Put On Your Wig!
Her Imperial Majesty
Jack of Frog Creek!
Bad Manners
Under the Moon
Follow Me
The Hall of Mirrors
Me and the Clown
More Facts About Mozart and His Time
Special Preview of
Magic Tree House #42:
Leprechaun in Late Winter

“I watched the music turn to light.”

—Sara Teasdale,
A Minuet of Mozart’s

ne summer day in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, a mysterious tree house appeared in the woods. A brother and sister named Jack and Annie soon learned that the tree house was magic—it could take them to any time and any place in history. They also learned that the tree house belonged to Morgan le Fay, a magical librarian from the legendary realm of Camelot.

After Jack and Annie traveled on many adventures for Morgan, Merlin the magician began sending them on “Merlin Missions” in the tree house. With help from two young sorcerers named Teddy and Kathleen, Jack and Annie visited four
places and found valuable objects to help save Camelot.

On their next eight Merlin Missions, Jack and Annie once again traveled to
times and
places in history: Venice, Baghdad, Paris, New
York City, Tokyo, Florence, the deep ocean, and Antarctica. After proving to Merlin that they could use magic wisely, they were awarded the Wand of Dianthus, a powerful magic wand that helped them make their own magic. With the wand, Jack and Annie were able to find four secrets of happiness to help Merlin when he was in trouble.

Now Jack and Annie are waiting to hear from Merlin again….

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