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The Magic Tree House
AuthorMary Pope Osborne
IllustratorSal Murdocca (USA)
Ayana Amako (Japan)
PublisherRandom House (USA)
Media Factory (Japan)
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The Magic Tree House
AuthorMary Pope Osborne
IllustratorSal Murdocca (USA)
Ayana Amako (Japan)
PublisherRandom House (USA)
Media Factory (Japan)

The Magic Tree House is a series of children's books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.

The series consists of two groups. The first group consists of books 1-28, in which 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. The second group, referred to as the Magic Tree House "Merlin Missions," begins with book 29, Christmas in Camelot. In the Merlin 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. Kathleen and Teddy are two apprentices who befriend Jack and Annie during their adventures, with one of these adventures being to free Teddy from a spell. The two occasionally join Jack and Annie, and when they don't, provide them support instead.

The 51st book in the fiction series, High Time for Heroes, was published during January 2014, along with the 28th nonfiction companion book, Heroes for All Times. The companion "Magic Tree House Fact Trackers" are co-written by Mary Pope Osborne with her husband Will Osborne or her sister Natalie Pope Boyce. They provide nonfiction background for several of the topics explored in the stories.[1] The first two Fact Checkers were published in August 2000 as companions for the first two stories, then 7 to 8 years old. The story and its Fact Checker were first published about simultaneously in 2008, with #39 Dark Day in the Deep Sea and Sea Monsters; simultaneous production has been common since then.

The animated film Magic Tree House (マジック・ツリーハウス?), produced by Media Factory, premiered in Japan in October 2011[2] and was generally released there on January 7, 2012.[3]

Fiction books[edit]

#TitlePublishedTypePlot Summary/Notes
1Dinosaurs Before Dark (UK Title: Valley of the Dinosaurs)07/28/92In the mystery of the Tree house #1Jack 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 Tyranosaurus Rex. Jack finds a gold medallion with the letter "M" on it. Companion book: #1, Dinosaurs.
2The Knight at Dawn (UK title: Castle of Mystery)2/16/93In the mystery of the Tree house #2In England during the Middle Ages, Jack and Annie explore a castle and meet a brave knight. Companion book: #2, Knights and Castles.
3Mummies in the Morning (UK title: Secret of the Pyramid)08/24/93In the mystery of the Tree house #3In Ancient Egypt, Jack and Annie help Queen Hutepi find her missing Book of the Dead. Companion book: #3, Mummies and Pyramids.
4Pirates Past Noon (UK title: Pirates' Treasure!)03/08/94In the mystery of the Tree house #4Jack and Annie encounter some pirates in the Caribbean Sea and meet Morgan le Fay, who turns out to be the mysterious "M". BCompanion book: #4, Pirates.
5Night of the Ninjas03/21/95In the mystery of the Magic spell #1Morgan le Fay is under a spell. Jack and Annie must find four magical objects to reverse the spell, with the help of a mouse named Peanut. In ancient Japan, Jack and Annie encounter ninjas and samurai and get a moonstone.
6Afternoon on the Amazon (UK title: Adventure on the Amazon)08/29/95In the mystery of the Magic spell #2Jack and Annie search the Amazon rainforest for a second magical object for Morgan le Fay, which turns out to be a mango. Companion book: #5, Rain Forests.
7Sunset of the Sabertooth (UK title: Mammoth to the Rescue)4/14/96In the mystery of the Magic spell #3In 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 - a mammoth bone flute.n Companion book: #12, Sabertooths and the Ice Age.
8Midnight on the Moon (UK title: Moon Mission)10/29/96In the mystery of the Magic spell #4Thirty-five years into their future (2031), Jack and Annie travel to the moon to look for the fourth object needed to help Morgan le Fay. Companion book: #6, Space.
9Dolphins at Daybreak (UK title: Diving with Dolphins)04/29/97In the mystery of the Ancient riddles #1 inSet in the Pacific Ocean with bottlenose dolphins. Companion book: #9, Dolphins and Sharks.
10Ghost Town at Sundown (UK title: A Wild West Ride)09/16/97In the mystery of the Ancient riddles #2Set in the American Wild West, where Jack and Annie meet a cowboy named Slim.
11Lions at Lunchtime (UK title: Lions on the Loose)01/12/98In the mystery of the Ancient riddles #3Jack and Annie are on a mission on the African Savannah.
12Polar Bears Past Bedtime (UK title: Icy Escape)01/12/98In the mystery of the Ancient riddles #4Set in the North Pole, Jack and Annie meet an Inuit. Companion book: #16, Polar Bears and the Arctic.
13Vacation Under The Volcano (UK title: Racing with Gladiators)03/24/98In the mystery of the Lost stories #1Jack and Annie travel to Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Companion book: #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii.
14Day of the Dragon King (UK title: Palace of the Dragon King)04/20/98In the mystery of the Lost stories #2Jack and Annie travel to China as it was 2,000 years in their past. The Dragon King is also known as Emperor Qin.
15Viking Ships at Sunrise (UK title: Voyage of the Vikings)08/11/98In the mystery of the Lost stories #3In medieval Ireland, Jack and Annie encounter Vikings.
16Hour of the Olympics (UK title: Olympic Challenge!)10/20/98In the mystery of the Lost stories #4Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece and see the first Olympic games. Companion book: #10, Ancient Greece and the Olympics.
17Tonight on the Titanic03/23/99In the mystery of the Enchanted dog arc #1Jack 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. Companion book: #7, Titanic.
18Buffalo Before Breakfast05/18/99In the mystery of the Enchanted dog arc #2In the American Old West, Jack and Annie encounter a Lakota boy on the Great Plains.
19Tigers at Twilight08/17/99In the mystery of the Enchanted dog arc #3Jack and Annie explore the Indian jungles of the past.
20Dingoes at Dinnertime03/14/00In the mystery of the Enchanted dog arc #4Set 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.
21Civil War on Sunday.05/23/00In the Morgan's library arc #1In the American Civil War, Jack and Annie encounter Clara Barton.
22Revolutionary War on Wednesday09/26/00In the Morgan's library arc #2Jack and Annie cross the Delaware river with George Washington. Companion book: #11, American Revolution.
23Twister on Tuesday03/27/01In the Morgan's library arc #3In 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. Companion book: #8, Twisters and Other Terrible Storms.
24Earthquake in the Early Morning08/24/01In the Morgan's library arc #4In 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.
25Stage Fright on a Summer Night03/12/02In the Type of magic arc #1In Elizabethan England, Jack and Annie meet William Shakespeare
26Good Morning Gorillas08/23/02In the Type of magic arc #2In the Congo rain forest, Jack and Annie encounter gorillas.
27Thanksgiving on Thursday09/24/02In the Type of magic arc #3In Plymouth in 1621, Jack and Annie share the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians. Companion book: #13, Pilgrims.
28High Tide in HawaiiMarch 3In the Type of magic arc #4Jack 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.

Companion book: Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters.

29Christmas in CamelotOctober 10, 2001In the Quest to save Camelot arc #1Jack 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: NOTE- This is the 25th book chronologically, due to the main storyline built upon the end of "Earthquake in the Early Morning".)
30Haunted Castle on Hallow's EveAugust 26, 2003In the Quest to save Camelot arc #2Jack, 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.
31Summer of the Sea SerpentMarch 9, 2004In the Quest to save Camelot arc #3Jack 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.
32Winter of the Ice WizardSeptember 28, 2004In the Quest to shave Camelot arc #4Jack 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.
33Carnival at CandlelightMarch 8, 2005In the Using magic wisely arc #1Jack 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.
34Season of the SandstormsJune 28, 2005In the Using magic wisely arc #2Jack and Annie must help the caliph of ancient Baghdad spread wisdom to the world.
35Night of the New MagiciansMarch 14, 2006In the Using magic wisely arc #3Jack 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 Jack and Annie to meet the four.
36Blizzard of the Blue MoonSeptember 26, 2006In the Using magic wisely arc #4Jack 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.
37Dragon of the Red DawnFebruary 27, 2007In the Happiness arc #1Jack 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.
38Monday with a Mad GeniusAugust 28, 2007In the Happiness arc #2Jack 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."
39Dark Day in the Deep SeaMarch 25, 2008In the Happiness arc #3The 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 144 pages long, making it the longest book in the series.
40Eve of the Emperor PenguinSeptember 23, 2008In the Happiness arc #4Jack 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.
41Moonlight on the Magic FluteMarch 10, 2009In the Inspiring arc #1Jack 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. When Jack and Annie use their magic flute (In Inspiring #1, 2, 3, and 4, the Wand of Dianthus changes into instruments.) Mozart makes a song called The Magic Flute.
42A Good Night for GhostsJuly 28, 2009In the Inspiring arc #2Jack 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.
43Leprechaun in Late Winter01/12/10In the Inspiring arc #3The 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.
44A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time09/14/10In the Inspiring arc #4The 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.
45A Crazy Day with Cobras01/11/11In the Penny's spell arc #1When Penny, Merlin's beloved penguin (from Eve of the Emperor Penguin), is accidentally turned to stone by Teddy, the kids must travel to an Indian desert and find an ingredient to a spell before Merlin comes back. 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 an emerald rose to find the first piece of breaking Penny's spell.
46Dogs in the Dead of Night08/09/11In the Penny's spell arc #2Jack 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.
47Abe Lincoln At Last!12/27/11In the Penny's spell arc #3Jack 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. The friend is an orphan named Sam. It's a race against time as Jack and Annie try to decide what is right.
48A Perfect Time For Pandas07/24/12In the Penny's spell arc #4Jack and Annie visit China during the Great Sichuan Earthquake of 2008.
49Stallion by Starlight03/26/13In the Greatness arc #1Jack and Annie go back to Ancient Macedonia and an adventure with Alexander the Great when he was a child and his famous stallion: Bucephalus
50Hurry Up Houdini![4]08/23/13In the Greatness arc #2Jack and Annie meet magician Harry Houdini.
51High Time for Heroes[5]01/07/14In the Greatness arc #3Jack and Annie meet Florence Nightingale in Egypt.
52Soccer on Sunday[6]05/27/14In the Greatness arc #4Jack and Annie travel to a soccer field in Mexico.

Non-fiction books[edit]

The Magic Tree House Fact Trackers (formerly called Magic Tree House Research Guides) are non-fiction companions to the fiction books, written by Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne, and Natalie Pope Boyce. They were first released in 2000 by Scholastic and Random House. They provide more in-depth follow-up information on the topics in the series than already covered. As of January 2014, 28 have been published, and 2 more have been announced.

No.TitleCompanion To:Date Published:Notes:
01DinosaursMagic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before DarkAugust 1, 2000
02Knights and CastlesMagic Tree House #2: The Knight at DawnAugust 1, 2000
03Mummies and PyramidsMagic Tree House #3: Mummies in the MorningFebruary 27, 2001
04PiratesMagic Tree House #4: Pirates Past NoonMay 22, 2001
05Rain ForestsMagic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the AmazonSeptember 25, 2001
06SpaceMagic Tree House #8: Midnight on the MoonFebruary 26, 2002
07TitanicMagic Tree House #17: Tonight on the TitanicAugust 27, 2002
08Twisters and Other Terrible StormsMagic Tree House #23: Twister on TuesdayFebruary 5, 2003
09Dolphins and SharksMagic Tree House #9: Dolphins at DaybreakJune 4, 2003
10Ancient Greece and the OlympicsMagic Tree House #16: Hour of the OlympicsJune 1, 2004
11American RevolutionMagic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on WednesdaySeptember 14, 2004
12Sabertooths and the Ice AgeMagic Tree House #7: Sunset of the SabertoothFebruary 1, 2005
13PilgrimsMagic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on ThursdaySeptember 1, 2005
14Ancient Rome and PompeiiMagic Tree House #13: Vacation Under a VolcanoApril 25, 2006
15Tsunamis and Other Natural DisastersMagic Tree House #28: High Tide in HawaiiFebruary 27, 2007
16Polar Bears and the ArcticMagic Tree House #12: Polar Bears Past BedtimeSeptember 25, 2007
17Sea MonstersMagic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep SeaMarch 25, 2008
18Penguins and AntarcticaMagic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor PenguinSeptember 23, 2008
19Leonardo da VinciMagic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad GeniusJanuary 13, 2009
20GhostsMagic Tree House #42: A Good Night for GhostsJuly 28, 2009
21Leprechauns and Irish FolkloreMagic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late WinterJanuary 12, 2010
22Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles DickensMagic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas TimeSeptember 14, 2010
23Snakes and Other ReptilesMagic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with CobrasJanuary 11, 2011
24Dog HeroesMagic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of NightAugust 9, 2011
25Abraham LincolnMagic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln At LastDecember 27, 2011
26Pandas and Other Endangered SpeciesMagic Tree House #48: A Perfect Time For PandasJuly 24, 2012
27Horse Heroes[7]Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by StarlightMarch 26, 2013
28Heroes for All Times[8]Magic Tree House #51: High Time for HeroesJanuary 7, 2014
29Soccer (announced)[9]Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on SundayMay 27, 2014
30Ninjas and Samurai (announced) [10]Magic Tree House #5: Night of the NinjasSeptember 23, 2014


  1. ^ "Magic Tree House The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles Boxed Set #3: Book 9-12 (Magic Treehouse Series): "Meet the writer: Biography"". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "TIFF 上映作品: マジック・ツリーハウス (Films: The Magic Tree House)" (in Japanese). Tokyo International Film Festival. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Magic Tree House Books' 2012 Film Confirmed as Anime". Anime News Network. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  4. ^ Osborne, Mary Pope (2013). Hurry up, Houdini!. Random House Childrens Books. ISBN 9780307980472. OCLC 816027002. 
  5. ^ Osborne, Mary Pope (2014). High Time for Heroes. Random House Childrens Books. ISBN 9780307980496. OCLC 840464294. 
  6. ^ Osborne, Mary Pope (2014). Hurry up, Houdini!. Random House Childrens Books. ISBN 9780307980533. OCLC 857879351. 
  7. ^ Osborne, Mary Pope (2013). Horse Heroes. Paw Prints. ISBN 9781451786026. OCLC 81160106. 
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  9. ^ Osborne, Mary Pope (2014). Soccer. Random House. ISBN 9780385386296. OCLC 857879358. 
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