GEORGE WASHINGTON by Mary Pope Osborne


Leader of a New Nation
Age Range: 9 - 12
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 After an introduction listing the reasons for Washington's importance, a straightforward chronological account of his life. As in her The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin (1990), Osborne's narrative is competent, if not inspiring; she captures the reticence and integrity for which Washington is known, effectively integrating contemporary quotes and events. Useful but undistinguished. Timeline; bibliography; index (not seen). (Biography. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8037-0947-1
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1991

Kirkus Interview
Mary Pope Osborne
January 6, 2015

Danger in the Darkest Hour is beloved children’s writer Mary Pope Osborne’s latest entry in the Magic Tree House series and it features Jack and Annie’s most dangerous mission ever. 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? “It appears there is nowhere Osborne’s Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests,” our reviewer writes. View video >


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