Magic Tree House series

Magic Tree House series
Magic Tree House  
Author(s) Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator Sal Murdocca (USA)
Ayana Amako (Japan)
Genre(s) Children's
Publisher Random House (USA)
Media Factory (Japan)

The Magic Tree House series is an award-winning series of children's books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.

In the first series, consisting of the first 28 books, Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie, two normal children from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever. After the twenty-eighth chapter book, Mary Pope Osborne started a second series called the Magic Tree House "Merlin Missions". In these missions, Jack and Annie have quests from the ancient wizard Merlin the Magician. These books are longer than the previous 28, and some take place in fantasy realms like Camelot.

All together, there are 48 fiction books named. Their titles are listed below. In addition, a number of Magic Tree House Research Guides (nonfiction companions to the series) have been written by the author, her husband Will and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce.[1] These books contain more information about the historical places and events which Jack and Annie visit in the Magic Tree House Series. Right now, twenty one have been released. One more is listed as a future book, so a total of twenty-two are named.

The series is translated into Japanese up to Book #39, and sold over 2 million copies as of March 2008.[citation needed] The Japanese version has anime-like illustrations.

A musical was written by Randy Courts and Will Osborne (Mary's husband). It toured to 55 cities in the 2008-2009 season and is scheduled to tour again in fall 2011.

An animated film from Media Factory is currently in the works in Japan for a 2012 theatrical release.[2]


Magic Tree House

# Title Published Arc Plot Summary/Notes
1 Dinosaurs Before Dark (UK title: Valley of the Dinosaurs) July 28, 1992 The Mystery of the Tree House #1 Jack and Annie discover the tree house and, using the magical books there, they travel back to the Late Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) where they meet a Pteranodon that saves them from a T-rex. Jack finds a gold medallion with the letter "M" on it.
2 The Knight at Dawn (UK title: Castle of Mystery) February 16, 1993 The Mystery of the Tree House #2 In England during the Middle Ages, Jack and Annie explore a castle and meet a brave knight.
3 Mummies in the Morning (UK title: Secret of the Pyramid) August 24, 1993 The Mystery of the Tree House #3 In Ancient Egypt, Jack and Annie help Queen Hutepi find her missing Book of the Dead.
4 Pirates Past Noon (UK title: Pirates' Treasure!) March 8, 1994 The Mystery of the Tree House #4 Jack and Annie encounter some pirates in the Caribbean Sea and meet Morgan le Fay.
5 Night of the Ninjas March 21, 1995 The Mystery of the Magic Spell #1 In ancient Japan, Jack and Annie encounter ninjas and samurai.
6 Afternoon on the Amazon (UK title: Adventure on the Amazon) August 29, 1995 The Mystery of the Magic Spell #2 Jack and Annie search the Amazon rainforest for Morgan le Fay.
7 Sunset of the Sabertooth (UK title: Mammoth to the Rescue) April 14, 1996 The Mystery of the Magic Spell #3 In the last Ice Age, Jack and Annie encounter Cro-Magnons, wooly mammoths, and a saber-toothed cat while looking for the third object to help Morgan le Fay.
8 Midnight on the Moon (UK title: Moon Mission) October 29, 1996 The Mystery of the Magic Spell #4 Forty years into their future (2036), Jack and Annie travel to the moon to look for the fourth object needed to help Morgan le Fay.
9 Dolphins at Daybreak (UK title: Diving with Dolphins) April 29, 1997 The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #1 Set in the Pacific Ocean with bottlenose dolphins.
10 Ghost Town at Sundown (UK title: A Wild West Ride) September 16, 1997 The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #2 Set in the American Wild West, where Jack and Annie meet a cowboy named Slim.
11 Lions at Lunchtime (UK title: Lions on the Loose) January 12, 1998 The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #3 Set on the African savannah with lions.
12 Polar Bears Past Bedtime (UK title: Icy Escape) January 12, 1998 The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #4 Set in the North Pole.
13 Vacation Under The Volcano (UK title: Racing with Gladiators) March 24, 1998 The Mystery of the Lost Stories #1 Jack and Annie travel to Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius.
14 Day of the Dragon King (UK title: Palace of the Dragon King) April 20, 1998 The Mystery of the Lost Stories #2 Jack and Annie travel to China as it was 2,000 years in their past. The Dragon King is also known as Emperor Qin.
15 Viking Ships at Sunrise (UK title: Voyage of the Vikings) August 11, 1998 The Mystery of the Lost Stories #3 In medieval Ireland, Jack and Annie encounter Vikings.
16 Hour of the Olympics (UK title: Olympic Challenge!) October 20, 1998 The Mystery of the Lost Stories #4 Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece and see the first Olympic games.
17 Tonight on the Titanic March 23, 1999 The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #1 Jack and Annie travel back to 1912 and are on the RMS Titanic during her fateful voyage. In this arc the two are assisted by a dog named Teddy that they must find gifts to free.
18 Buffalo Before Breakfast May 18, 1999 The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #2 In the American Old West, Jack and Annie encounter a Lakota boy on the Great Plains.
19 Tigers at Twilight August 17, 1999 The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #3 Jack and Annie explore the Indian jungles of the past.
20 Dingoes at Dinnertime March 14, 2000 The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #4 Set in ancient Australia. Jack and Annie receive the final gift and return home where Morgan removes the spell on the dog who is revealed to be a boy named Teddy who is a young magician who trapped himself under a spell. This story introduces the character of Teddy who becomes a friend and ally to Jack and Annie over later stories.
21 Civil War on Sunday May 23, 2000 Morgan's Library #1 In the American Civil War, Jack and Annie encounter Clara Barton.
22 Revolutionary War on Wednesday September 26, 2000 Morgan's Library #2 Jack and Annie cross the Delaware river with George Washington.
23 Twister on Tuesday March 27, 2001 Morgan's Library #3 In the 1870s, Jack and Annie encounter pioneer settlement of the Midwestern prairie. They have to save a teacher and some kids before they are hit by a Tornado.
24 Earthquake in the Early Morning July 24, 2001 Morgan's Library #4 In 1906, Jack and Annie experience the San Francisco earthquake. The two are able to use what they find to inspire King Arthur to battle Mordred, although in a later book its shown that he wins without dying in these stories.
25 Stage Fright on a Summer Night March 12, 2002 Type of Magic #1 In Elizabethan England, Jack and Annie meet William Shakespeare.
26 Good Morning Gorillas July 23, 2002 Type of Magic #2 In the Congo rain forest, Jack and Annie encounter gorillas.
27 Thanksgiving on Thursday September 24, 2002 Type of Magic #3 In Plymouth in 1621, Jack and Annie share the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.
28 High Tide in Hawaii March 25, 2003 Type of Magic #4 Jack and Annie travel to the Hawaii of the past and almost get caught in a tsunami. They also make two friends who share an adventure with them.

Magic Tree House Merlin Missions

# Title Published Arc Plot Summary/Notes
29 Christmas in Camelot October 10, 2001 Quest to Save Camelot #1 Jack and Annie go on a quest to save Camelot, a quest that will prove to a beleaguered King Arthur that children and imagination really can make a difference. Eventually Jack and Annie break the spell over Camelot and meet the Knights of the Round Table most notably Sir Lancelot. This is also the first story where Merlin the Magician sends Jack and Annie on an adventure instead of Morgan, having learned of their abilities from Morgan Le Fay. (Note: This is the 25th book chronologically, due to the main storyline built upon the end of "Earthquake in the Early Morning".
30 Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve 2003 Quest to Save Camelot #2 Jack, Annie, and Teddy must restore order to a duke's castle, on the outer realm of Camelot, for Merlin. Jack and Annie reunite with Teddy from the Enchanted Dog arc who becomes a recurring character in the rest of the books. It is also the first book where Jack and Annie perform their own magic. Jack and Annie are able to use the power of a magic hazel twig to transform themselves back to humans from ravens and Jack is able to tap into its power to defeat the Evil Raven King by turning him into a baby raven. This new ability of theirs is likely foreshadowing of later books when they start to make magic of their own.
31 Summer of the Sea Serpent 2004 Quest to Save Camelot #3 Jack and Annie must retrieve the Sword of Light for Merlin for all the good of Camelot. Jack and Annie meet Kathleen who, along with Teddy, becomes a recurring character in the books, acting as their sidekick and a possible love interest for Jack. In this book Jack and Annie retrieve the Sword of Light and earn the right to wield it, learning later that the sword is in fact Excalibur and they retrieved it from Camelot's past so King Arthur can one day get it.
32 Winter of the Ice Wizard September 28, 2004 Quest to Save Camelot #4 Jack and Annie must go on a mission for the evil Ice Wizard, which is retrieving one of his eyes, in order to free Merlin and Morgan.
33 Carnival at Candlelight September 2005 Using Magic Wisely #1 Jack and Annie must go and save Venice, Italy from a flood disaster, but Merlin's instructions are confusing. The next four books are part of an arc where Jack and Annie complete missions to prove to Merlin that they can use magic wisely.
34 Season of the Sandstorms 2005 Using Magic Wisely #2 Jack and Annie must help the caliph of ancient Baghdad spread wisdom to the world.
35 Night of the New Magicians 2006 Using Magic Wisely #3 Jack and Annie travel to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889 in the Magic Tree House. They have to save four new magicians (Alexander Graham Bell, Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison, and Gustave Eiffel), before an evil sorcerer kidnaps them and steals the secrets of their magic. As it turns out, there is no evil sorcerer and the only one that shows up is Merlin himself who had wanted to meet the four.
36 Blizzard of the Blue Moon 2006 Using Magic Wisely #4 Jack and Annie travel in the Magic Tree House to the New York City of the Great Depression in 1938. They must help a unicorn under a spell. However, two evil sorcerers in training, Balor and Grinda, are up to the same challenge. In this book, Jack and Annie are given the power to make magic on their own via a magic wand.
37 Dragon of the Red Dawn March 2007 Happiness #1 Jack and Annie travel back in the Magic Tree House to feudal Japan to find the first of four secrets of happiness for Merlin the magician because Morgan has noticed that he does not feel well, does not eat or sleep, and is tired. To do this, they must spend the day with famous Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho.
38 Monday with a Mad Genius August 28, 2007 Happiness #2 Jack and Annie travel back in the Magic Tree House to Florence, Italy, to find the second of four secrets of happiness. To do this, they must help Leonardo da Vinci all day, "morning, noon, and afternoon, till the night bird sings its song."
39 Dark Day in the Deep Sea March 25, 2008 Happiness #3 The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to a deserted island, in the 1870s, looking for another secret of happiness. They get rescued by scientists on a ship, in the Atlantic Ocean, and end up helping the scientists, who are looking for a sea monster. Will they be able to help the scientist and find the secret of happiness? This book is 128 pages long, making it the longest book in the series.
40 Eve of the Emperor Penguin September 23, 2008 Happiness #4 Jack and Annie go to Antarctica to try to find their last secret of happiness, but they only find penguins. Only the penguins have the answer to this question. This is the only book where it is specifically stated that Jack and Annie did not travel through time. They also use the wand to make magic twice: once to find the penguins and a second time to teleport to Mount Erebus, the only time they use its power twice.
41 Moonlight on the Magic Flute March 10, 2009 Inspiring #1 Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn—including a wig for Jack and a giant hoopskirt for Annie, the two siblings search an entire palace to no avail. Their hunt is further hampered by the appearance of a mischievous little boy who is determined to follow them everywhere. But when the boy lets the animals out of the palace zoo, Jack and Annie have to use the only magic at their disposal to save themselves and the naughty little boy. The party is in the Summer Palace at five o'clock in the evening on October 13,1762.
42 A Good Night for Ghosts July 28, 2009 Inspiring #2 Jack and Annie are on their second mission to find—and inspire—artists to bring happiness to millions. After traveling to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come head to head with some real ghosts, as well as discover the world of jazz when they meet a young Louis Armstrong.
43 Leprechaun in Late Winter January 12, 2010 Inspiring #3 The kids meet a leprechaun girl in their third mission to put "artists" on the right path. The leprechaun girl grows up to be Lady Gregory, a famous legendteller of the Irish lore. Can the kids save Gregory and put the third artist on the right path? This is the first time that something that one of the kids has written has been used to travel through time: the kids time travel by wishing using Jack's notes on where they are traveling to. They travel to 1862 to go to Ireland.
44 A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time September 14, 2010 Inspiring #4 The kids are whisked back to Victorian England to help famed author Charles Dickens. The kids know Charles had everything he wants. Will the kids find the thing Charles wants? The kids are thrown in jail, only to be saved by Charles Dickens! To find Charles' secret, they will need help from three ghosts and get to know Charles very, very, well.
45 A Crazy Day with Cobras January 11, 2011 Penny's Spell #1 The kids travel to an Indian desert because Penny, Merlin's beloved penguin (from Eve of the Emperor Penguin), has been put under a terrible spell. Jack and Annie have to escape a swarm of king cobras and meet the infamous All-Power Great Mogul. To start their quest, Jack and Annie must find a emerald rose to find the first piece of breaking Penny's spell.
46 Dogs in the Dead of Night August 9, 2011 Penny's Spell #2 Jack and his sister Annie travel to Swiss Alps to get the second magical object to break the spell on the beloved baby penguin, Penny. They face a dog rescue and many other adventures.
47 Abe Lincoln At Last December 27, 2011 Penny's Spell #3 Jack and Annie travel to the time of the Civil War, and they must help a friend of Abe's in order to find the third gift for breaking Penny's spell.
48 TBA July 2012 Penny's Spell #4 TBA.

Magic Tree House Fact Trackers-Research Guides

Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are written by Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne, and Natalie Pope Boyce. They were first released in 2000 by Scholastic and Random House. They are non-fiction books providing more in-depth follow-up information on the topics in the series than already covered. As of 20 November 2011, 24 have been published, and 1 is in press.

Title Companion To: Date Published:
01 Dinosaurs Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark 2000
02 Knights and Castles Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn 2000
03 Mummies and Pyramids Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning 2000
04 Pirates Magic Tree House #4: Pirates Past Noon 2000
05 Rain Forests Magic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the Amazon 2001
06 Space Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon 2001
07 Titanic Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic 2002
08 Twisters and Other Terrible Storms Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday 2003
09 Dolphins and Sharks Magic Tree House #9: Dolphins at Daybreak 2003
10 Ancient Greece and the Olympics Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics 2004
11 American Revolution Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday September 14, 2004
12 Sabertooths and the Ice Age Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth 2005
13 Pilgrims Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday 2005
14 Ancient Rome and Pompeii Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under a Volcano April 25, 2006
15 Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters Magic Tree House #28: High Tide in Hawaii 2007
16 Polar Bears and the Arctic Magic Tree House #12: Polar Bears Past Bedtime September 25, 2007
17 Sea Monsters Magic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep Sea March 25, 2008
18 Penguins and Antarctica Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin September 23, 2008
19 Leonardo da Vinci Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius January 13, 2009
20 Ghosts Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts July 28, 2009
21 Leprechauns and Irish Folklore Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter January 12, 2010
22 Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time September 14, 2010
23 Snakes and Other Reptiles Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras January 11, 2011
24 Dog Heroes Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night August 9, 2011
25 Abraham Lincoln Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln At Last December 27, 2011
26 TBA Magic Tree House #48 July 2012



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