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Mary Pope Osborne


Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete. She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

She was an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant--all before becoming an author! Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.

In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

Mary and her husband Will split their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania. They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes!

Mary Pope Osborne

Books by Mary Pope Osborne

by Mary Pope Osborne - Children's, History

When Teddy, a young sorcerer, offers to send Jack and Annie on a dream vacation, they can’t wait to go. The brother-and-sister pair wish for a trip to a beach paradise, and the magic tree house whisks them off to the coast of Mexico. Everything starts out perfectly as they raft around a coral reef. But then a hungry shark attacks! And their dream vacation turns into a nightmare!

by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, and Sal Murdocca - Children's Nonfiction

Jack and Annie have survived all kinds of dangers on their adventures in the magic tree house. Find out how you can survive lots of scary situations, including sharks, earthquakes, fires, shipwrecks and many more! Features a compass embedded in the front cover. With full-color photographs and illustrations, facts about real-life survival stories and tips from Jack and Annie, this is a must-have for all survivors of the bestselling Magic Tree House series.

by Mary Pope Osborne - Children's, Fiction
Just in time for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday will take Jack and Annie to a soccer field in Mexico where they must find the final secret of greatness for Merlin. On the field, they'll meet a young soccer player who dreams of one day playing in the World Cup just like his hero, the great Brazilian soccer player, Pelé!
by Mary Pope Osborne - Children's, History

MAGIC TREE HOUSE #51: High Time for Heroes features Jack and Annie back in Egypt, still seeking the secrets of greatness for Merlin. This time they will meet the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, on her trip to Egypt that served as the inspiration for the choices that made her both famous and beloved.

by Mary Pope Osborne - Fiction

Magic Tree House #50 features Jack and Annie and legendary magician, Harry Houdini! If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they're hooked on reading!

Written by Mary Pope Osborne, Illustrated by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time of dinosaurs where they encounter all sorts of dinos from the terrifying T-Rex to the crowd-pleasing Triceratops, and start on a life-time of adventures with new readers.

by Mary Pope Osborne - Historical Fiction

In her third and final diary, by Mary Pope Osborne, Ginny continues to face rapidly changing times in the aftermath of the Civil War. Virginia Dickens continues to chronicle the aftermath of the Civil War, as she and her family move their lives from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Throughout the times of difficulty and joy, Ginny is always courageous and sweet.

written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie are off to Africa, where they meet a band of gorillas headed by a large silverback. When the kids save the gorillas from a dangerous leopard, they form a friendship and begin learning a lot from each other.

written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Jack and Annie climb into their magic tree house once again. This time they are going to England and also to Shakespeare's theater. They are searcing for "a special magic" that will, "without wand, spell, or charm --- turn daytime into night." With only their backpacks and a book about 16th century England, Jack and Annie manage to solve Morgan le Fay's rhyme. Additional information about Shakespeare is included, plus a partial list of the more than 2,000 words and expressions he invented.

by Mary Pope Osborne - Historical Fiction

Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.

by Mary Pope Osborne

Hear ye! Hear ye! It's back to the Middle Ages and the days of knights and castles. Jack and Annie attend a feast where whole pigs and peacocks are being served. Ewww.