Books by Mary Pope Osborne

DANGER IN THE DARKEST HOUR by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"It appears there is nowhere Osborne's Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Jack and Annie go to Normandy on June 4, 1944. Read full book review >
POMPEII by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

Frescoes illustrate this lovely reconstruction of life—and death—in the ancient city of Pompeii. Read full book review >

SLEEPING BOBBY by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

A third from the duo of Osborne and Potter, this one is less a feminist remake than simply a character gender swap. Read full book review >

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

In a small town, which could be Anywhere, USA, a young boy narrates as three generations of family gather to spend the day celebrating July 4th. Read full book review >

TALES FROM THE ODYSSEY by Mary Pope Osborne
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

The author of the Magic Tree House series brings the Odyssey to an only slightly older audience with these retold episodes from books nine and ten of the original. Read full book review >

NEW YORK’S BRAVEST by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

In response to September 11th, Osborne returned to her story of the legendary 19th-century New York City volunteer firefighter Mose Humphreys (American Tall Tales, 1991) and refashioned it into a stirring picture-book tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on that terrible day. Read full book review >

THE BRAVE LITTLE SEAMSTRESS by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

Switching genders in another traditional tale, the author and illustrator of Kate and the Beanstalk (2000) pit a clever, doughty seamstress against a swarm of flies ("Seven At One Blow"), three giants, a unicorn, a wild boar, and, most dangerous of all, a fearful king with a hundred knights. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2001

Anyone who hasn't yet heard of the Magic Tree House has evidently spent the last several years on another planet (at Midnight on the Moon, perhaps?). Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

In September 1941, Maddie Beck and her mother move to a rundown boardinghouse on Long Island. Read full book review >

ADALINE FALLING STAR by Mary Pope Osborne
Released: March 1, 2000

Osborne (Favorite Medieval Tales, 1998, etc.) spins a wisp of history into this glittering, many-layered tale of a child struggling to reconcile within herself the clashing cultures in which she's immersed. Read full book review >

FAVORITE MEDIEVAL TALES by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

Osborne and Howell (Favorite Norse Myths, 1996, etc.) reunite for these episodes from the lives of nine familiar mythical figures of the Middle Ages, among them Robin Hood, King Arthur, Roland, Sir Gawain, Finn MacCoul, and Beowulf. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Despite the title, Osborne (Favorite Norse Myths, 1995, etc.) confines her handsomely packaged introduction to the seven most widespread—not necessarily largest—faiths, describing for each its history, values, major holidays, and distinctive style of worship. Read full book review >

FAVORITE NORSE MYTHS by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Brisk, workmanlike retellings of some of the major stories in Norse mythology, beginning with the creation and ending with the destruction of the world at Ragnarok, and including familiar tales about Thor, Loki, and Odin. Read full book review >

HAUNTED WATERS by Mary Pope Osborne
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

The 19th-century tale ``Undine'' by Baron de La Motte-FouquÇ inspired this novel about a spirit-bedeviled romance between a water maiden and a nobleman. Read full book review >

MOLLY AND THE PRINCE by Mary Pope Osborne
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

A friendly dog leads young Molly deep into the woods, where a summer evening's magic awaits her. Read full book review >

MERMAID TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Mary Pope Osborne
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Osborne admits that when she began to collect mermaid tales she expected to find in them a ``typical legendary heroine— beautiful, kind, and in need of rescue.'' She was startled to find water-maids more commonly portrayed as powerful, strong-willed, and independent. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: May 3, 1993

A sequel to Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992), set in the same cottage garden. Read full book review >

DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

In classic E. Nesbit tradition, Jack's wishes go awry while he and his sister Annie, seven, are time traveling. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

The sinister Emperor Moth has captured Mimi, a lovely butterfly with a past. Read full book review >

AMERICAN TALL TALES by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

For the 90's, a handsome, well-documented collection of stories about nine uniquely American characters. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

After an introduction listing the reasons for Washington's importance, a straightforward chronological account of his life. Read full book review >

MOONHORSE by Mary Pope Osborne
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"In carefully composed airbrushed paintings, this first-time illustrator appealingly combines the astronomy lesson with a sense of adventure and awe, nicely extending Osborne's gracefully phrased text. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Still another child explores the night sky with a fabulous companion—here, a white winged horse who helps her draw the moon across heavens populated by constellations, shown as they might have appeared in old engravings pricked out with shining stars. Read full book review >