Authors: Mary Pope Osborne
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© 1995 by Mary Pope Osborne.
Illustrations copyright Â© 1995 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. Night of the Ninjas / by Mary Pope Osborne;
illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
p. cm. â (The Magic tree house series; #5) “A First stepping stone book.”
The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back in time to feudal Japan where the siblings learn about the ways of the Ninja.
[1. Time travelâFiction. 2. NinjaâFiction. 3. JapanâFiction.]
I. Murdocca, Sal, ill. II. Title. III. Series: Osborne, Mary Pope.
Magic tree house series; #5.
PZ7.O81167Ni 1995 [Fic]âdc20 94-29142
Random House, Inc. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland
For Penn Sultan
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. They found that it was filled with books.
Jack and Annie soon discovered that the tree house was magic. It could take them to the places in the books. All they had to do was to point to a picture and wish to be there.
Jack and Annie visited the time of dinosaurs, old England, ancient Egypt, and a pirate ship.
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.
Jack and Annie are about to start a whole new adventureÂ â¦Â in
Night of the Ninjas
“Let's look again, Jack,” said Annie.
Jack and Annie were walking home from the library. The path went right by the Frog Creek woods.
Jack sighed. “We looked this morning,” he said. “We looked the day before. And the day before that.”
“Then you don't have to come,” said Annie. “I'll go look by myself.”
She took off into the woods.
“Annie, wait!” Jack called. “It's almost
dark! We have to get home!”
But Annie had disappeared among the trees.
Jack stared at the woods. He was starting to lose hope. Maybe he would never see Morgan again.
Weeks had passed. And there had not been one sign of Morgan le Fay. Nor had there been one sign of her magic tree house.
Annie called from the woods. “
Oh, she's just pretending as usual
, Jack thought. But his heart started to race.
“Hurry!” called Annie.
“She better not be kidding,” said Jack.
He took off into the woods to find Annie.
Night was falling fast. Crickets chirped
loudly. It was hard to see through the shadows.
“Annie!” Jack shouted.
“Here!” she called.
Jack kept walking. “Here
?” he called back.
Annie's voice came from above.
Jack looked up.
“Oh man,” he breathed.
Annie waved from the window of a tree house. It was in the tallest oak in the woods. A long rope ladder hung down from it.
The magic tree house was back
“Come on up!” Annie shouted.
Jack ran to the rope ladder. He started climbing.
He climbed and climbed and climbed.