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Title:
Danger in the darkest hour
Author:
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2015]
Physical Description:
182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history?"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 3.0 171443.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 7 Quiz: 65320.
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ISBN:
9780553497724

9780553497731
Format :
Book

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Summary

Introducing the first Magic Tree House ® Super Edition--and Jack and Annie's most dangerous mission ever! With a longer story and additional facts and photographs, this thrilling, first Super Edition in the Magic Tree House series is an adventure no reader will want to miss!
 
The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history? They don't know, but they have to try!

In Danger in the Darkest Hour, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to a vitally important historical subject.

Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House® website at MagicTreeHouse.com.


Author Notes

Mary Pope Osborne was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on May 20, 1949. She grew up in a military family, and by the time she was 15 she had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. After graduation, she traveled around Europe and Asia. Before becoming an author, she worked as a window dresser, a medical assistant, a Russian travel consultant, a waitress, an acting teacher, a bartender, and an assistant editor for a children's magazine.

Her first book, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, was published in 1982. She is the author of the Magic Tree House series and the Merlin Missions series. Her husband, actor Will Osborne, helps her write the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Her other books include The Deadly Power of Medusa, Jason and the Argonauts, Haunted Waters, and Moonhorse.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Jack and Annie are back in the first Magic Tree House Super Edition series title. In this double-sized adventure, our time-traveling siblings are summoned by Teddy to Glastonbury, England, on June 4, 1944. Their mission is to locate Kathleen, who has gone missing behind enemy lines in Vichy France, and give her the magic items she requested via a coded note. The two jump from a plane piloted by Teddy, realizing at the last minute that they do not have the magic items for Kathleen. Undeterred, they make their way through the countryside, becoming personally acquainted with the history they know only vaguely: Nazis, the French Resistance movement, D-Day, and what it meant for everyone living through history's darkest hour. Full-page black-and-white illustrations complement this thrilling rescue story. The longer format lends itself to the complex subject matter, and the cheer and humor with which Jack and Annie face obstacles, along with their thoughtful contemplation of what they have learned, prevent the story from being too scary for its audience. Fans of the series will be delighted. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Magic Tree House is an institution, and national appearances by Jack and Annie characters, retail event kits, and even a sweepstakes prove that the magic is alive and well.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-The drama and danger of World War II is conveyed via clear, simple storytelling in the first Magic Treehouse Super Edition. Jack and Annie have been sent back to England in 1944 and soon find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. Osborne handily brings her beloved characters to life, alternating between nervous Jack and his seemingly bolder sister. She capably voices a cast of others, including adults and youngsters, realistically and believably. Though her very young children come off a bit squeaky, she still maintains a childlike quality. This is billed as a super edition because it includes Jack and Annie's adventure and a glossary of terms and events that were important to World War II. Osborne explains D-Day, partisans, the Holocaust, and much more in a slow, measured voice so even young listeners can follow along. VERDICT An admirable introduction to a significant time in history.-Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.