Search Results: "Mary Pope Osborne"


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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 >

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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 >

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

"An almost entirely pleasing offering; if Osborne and her publisher can produce another 25 of this quality, chapter-book readers will truly have been well served. (author's note) (Fiction. 6-9)"
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 >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Timeline; bibliography; index (not seen). (Biography. 9-12)"
After an introduction listing the reasons for Washington's importance, a straightforward chronological account of his life. Read full book review >

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

"A terrific idea, masterfully executed. (source note; map and illustrations, not seen) (Folktale. 8-10)"
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 >

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

"Smart, strong-willed, and with a distinct narrative voice, Adaline makes a memorable protagonist, her adventures will keep readers riveted, and, gratifyingly unlike so many fathers in contemporary fiction, Kit comes back for her. (bibliography) (Fiction. 11-13)"
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Young readers with grandparents and great-grandparents who lived through these times will be especially intrigued. (photographs, notes, appendices) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In September 1941, Maddie Beck and her mother move to a rundown boardinghouse on Long Island. Read full book review >

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

"Somewhat overwritten, but true to its genre; appreciative readers may enjoy going on to Hudson's Green Mansions. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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 >

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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 >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 3, 1993

"Chess's usual wit and whimsy will be at work to illustrate Osborne's perfectly imagined insect world. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A sequel to Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992), set in the same cottage garden. Read full book review >

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POMPEII by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It is of necessity an introductory treatment, but what a lovely introduction it is, and it will whet readers' appetites for more in-depth examinations such as James Deem's Bodies from the Ash (October 2005). (note on frescoes) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Frescoes illustrate this lovely reconstruction of life—and death—in the ancient city of Pompeii. Read full book review >

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

"Each story is introduced by source notes; a story-by-story bibliography provides a good roundup of this popular genre. (Folklore. 6-12)"
For the 90's, a handsome, well-documented collection of stories about nine uniquely American characters. Read full book review >