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Sal Murdocca

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Sal Murdocca

Salvatore (Sal) Murdocca grew up in Brooklyn, New York, back in the days when, as long as he showed up at school and the dinner table, a kid was pretty much free to do as he liked. And what Sal liked to do when he wasn't out exploring with his friends was to draw and paint.
 
As an adult, Sal has illustrated advertisements and picture books, but his absolute favorite work has been illustrating the Magic Tree House series. Drawing the ever-changing subjects, locations, time periods and action of each book is a wonderful challenge. It's also fun to be the one who gets to show the world what each new Magic Tree House story will look like!
 
When he's not busy working on the Magic Tree House books, Sal loves to bike with his wife around Rockland County, New York, and the south of France, where they live. He carries a sketchbook with him on these trips, stopping sometimes to draw beautiful things he sees along the way.

Sal Murdocca

Books by Sal Murdocca

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
No girls allowed at the Olympic Games! That's the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she's up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself --- and Jack --- into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in HOUR OF THE OLYMPICS.
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet --- and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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!

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie must find four secrets of greatness for Merlin the magician. To start, they travel back in time to meet Alexander the Great. He should know all about greatness, right? But young Alexander is bossy, vain and not great at all! How can they learn from him? It’s going to take a wild black stallion, magic from Merlinb and a lot of bravery to succeed. Are Jack and Annie clever and bold enough to complete their mission? 

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.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food --- the fourth thing needed to save Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. Will it be their easiest adventure yet? Not a chance! Jack and Annie don’t know it, but they’ve arrived on the day of a historic earthquake!

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
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!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Are you ready for a presidential adventure? Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself! But the new president is too busy to see them, as he is desperately trying to save a nation in crisis.
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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 with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
The fan-favorite chapter-book series whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the Swiss Alps in search of a rare flower. When they find a monastery where monks and St. Bernards live, Annie offers to train a young dog named Barry. Then Barry runs away, and Jack and Annie have a new task to find Barry! Will he lead them to the mysterious flower? Or into danger?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they must help Charles Dickens. But the famous author has everything he could possibly want. How are they supposed to help him? It’s not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. Jack and Annie will need all their magic --- and help from three ghosts! --- to save the great writer.
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.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie are whisked back to long-ago Ireland. Their mission? To inspire a girl named Augusta to share her creativity with the world. But when they meet Augusta, Jack and Annie don't see how they can inspire her at all --- she is the least imaginative person they've ever met! Luckily, Jack and Annie have a special whistle that they can use to show Augusta a magical world. But their plan backfires! Can Jack and Annie rescue their new friend? Or will Augusta be lost forever?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie are whisked back to long-ago Ireland. Their mission? To inspire a girl named Augusta to share her creativity with the world. But when they meet Augusta, Jack and Annie don't see how they can inspire her at all --- she is the least imaginative person they've ever met! Luckily, Jack and Annie have a special whistle that they can use to show Augusta a magical world. But their plan backfires! Can Jack and Annie rescue their new friend? Or will Augusta be lost forever?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Merlin the magician and Morgan le Fay have disappeared, and in order to find them, Jack and Annie journey with their friends Teddy and Kathleen to the Land-Behind-the-Clouds, a frozen kingdom of ice and snow. There they must overcome their fears and solve the Ice Wizard's riddle, because if Jack and Annie don't complete their mission in time, Merlin and Morgan will disappear forever!

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack 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!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie's summer vacation is no day at the beach! The bestselling, fan-favorite chapter-book series celebrates the summer solstice! Jack and Annie are on a quest to a seaside land of mystery and myth, where they must overcome their fears and solve an ancient riddle. Magic Tree House books are New York Times bestsellers. They are known all around the world as books that inspire reading. Find out why with SUMMER OF THE SEA SERPENT!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie have once again traveled back in time in their magic tree house, but they have a brand-new mission: to help bring happiness to millions of people. Their mission takes them to eighteenth-century Austria, where they’re decked out in their craziest outfits yet --- including a wig for Jack and a long dress with lots of ruffles and bows for Annie! But it will take more than the right clothing to help them fit in at a party at one of the most marvelous palaces in Europe...especially when all the animals in the palace zoo escape from their cages.
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
In the distance, a haunted castle looms dark against the light of the moon. No candles burn in its windows. No laughter rings through its halls. What has happened to the castle and the people who lived there? Merlin the magician asks Jack and Annie to find out. But are they brave enough to brush the cobwebs aside and step through the creaking doors? And are they smart enough to solve the mystery of how the castle became haunted?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness --- secrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven’t visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure...Jack and Annie are about to find out!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. Jack 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.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Jack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness --- secrets they need if they're going to save Merlin. But when the Magic Tree House leads them to a tiny deserted island in the middle of the ocean, they’re not sure who needs help more --- Merlin or themselves! The brother and sister team are soon rescued by a ship of explorers and scientists. But that isn’t the end of their troubles, because the crew isn’t looking for the secrets of happiness. The crew is looking for...a sea monster!

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
In Monday with a Mad Genius, travel with Jack and Annie to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Jack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. This time, Merlin has sent them to rescue a beautiful magical creature --- the unicorn. But when they land in New York City during the Depression of the 1930s, Jack and Annie are confused. Where will they find a unicorn in a big city?

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mysterious mission to Paris, France, over a hundred years ago. There they must find four magicians and give them an urgent message from Merlin himself. When Jack and Annie land in Paris, they make their way to the 1889 World's Fair. Below the Eiffel Tower, built especially for the fair, there are thousands of exhibits from all over the world. But how will Jack and Annie find the magicians in the crowds of people? And who are the magicians anyway? Jack and Annie are about to find out in another adventure filled with history, magic, and amazing surprises!

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

 

Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

Merlin has asked Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy. With the help of a research book, a book of magic rhymes and a set of mysterious instructions from Merlin, the heroes will save the beautiful city from a flood! Here’s another Magic Tree House book that will engage kids with history, magic and nonstop action from beginning to end.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Catch the wave! That's what Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to a Hawaiian island of long ago. They learn how to surf and have a great time --- until strange things start happening. Jack and Annie soon discover the cause: A tidal wave is headed their way! Can they help save their new friends in time?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
It's a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?
written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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 - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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 and Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
An adventure that will shake you up! That's what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?
 
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
It is a dark and snowy night when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to colonial times. General George Washington is about to lead his army in a sneak attack against their enemy. But now a terrible weather is making the great general question his plans. Can Jack and Annie keep history on track? The fate of the country rests in their hands!
by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Wildfire! That's what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the land of Australia. And they're not alone! Jack and Annie must help a baby kangaroo and a koala escape from a fire-filled forest. Will they be able to rescue the animals in time?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Tigers in trouble? That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, to a forest in India. The rare tigers are being trapped by greedy poachers! Can Jack and Annie find a way to help? Or will a fierce tiger eat them instead?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Hello, buffalo! That's what Jack and Annie say when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, back almost 200 years to the Great Plains. There they meet a Lakota boy who shows them how to hunt buffalo. But something goes wrong! Now they need to stop a thousand buffalo from stampeding!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Titanic trouble! Jack and Annie are in for an exciting, scary, and sad adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the decks of the Titanic. Is there anything they can do to help the ill-fated ship? Will they be able to save anyone? Will they be able to save themselves?
by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
"Beware of Vikings!" warns Morgan. Then Jack and Annie are whisked back to ancient Ireland. They land on a cliff on a misty island. How will they find the story they are looking for? It will take a Viking invasion, the help of a jolly monk and a lot of courage for Jack and Annie to succeed in VIKING SHIPS AT SUNRISE.
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Who would burn books?Jack and Annie find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient China. There, a powerful emperor called the Dragon King has ordered that all books be burned. Will Jack and Annie be able to save at least one book? Or will they be captured by the emperor's soldiers?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Who wants to vacation next to a volcano? Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
"Where are the lions?" Jack wonders when the Magic Tree House whisks him and his sister to the vast plains of Africa. Before he can find out, Annie starts to help hundreds of wildebeests cross a rushing river. Next they follow a honey of a bird and meet an awesome Masai warrior. Jack hopes any lions will just stay away. Jack is about to be very disappointed . . . 
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
It's icicle city when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Is this town haunted? Jack and Annie wonder when the Magic Tree House whisks them to the Wild West. But before they can say "Boo!" they rush headlong into an adventure filled with horse thieves, a lost colt, rattlesnakes and a cowboy named Slim. Will Jack and Annie have time to solve the next Tree House Riddle? The answer may depend on a ghost!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
It's sink or swim for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Three . . . two . . . one . . . BLAST OFF! The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie off to the moon --- and the future. Their mission? To find the last "M" thing that will free Morgan from the spell. Can they do it before the air in their oxygen tank runs out? Will the mysterious moon man help them? And why is Peanut the mouse acting so strange?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
The Ice Age is very cool...for two kids in bathing suits! Jack and Annie nearly freeze when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of cave people and woolly mammoths. But nothing can stop them from having another wild adventure --- not even a saber-toothed tiger!
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Vampire bats and killer ants? That's what Jack and Annie are about to run into when the Magic Tree House whisks them away to the Amazon River. It's not long before they get hopelessly lost. Will they be able to find their way back to the tree house? Or are Jack and Annie stuck forever in the rain forest?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Have you ever met a real live ninja? Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Japan, where they find themselves in the cave of a ninja master. Will they learn the secrets of the ninja? Or will the evil samurai warriors get them first?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
It's a treasure trove of trouble! Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps --- and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to walk the plank?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Jack and Annie don't need another mummy. But that's what they get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Egypt. There they meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Will Jack and Annie be able to solve the puzzle, or will they end up as mummies themselves?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

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.

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Where did the tree house come from?Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?
written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy

The fan-favorite chapter-book series sends Jack and Annie back to India over 400 years ago to search for a rare and precious emerald. Once there, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will they find what they're looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras --- and make it back to the magic tree house alive?

written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Children's, Historical Fantasy
Merlin the Magician will not eat or sleep or speak to anyone in Camelot. What can be done? The enchantress Morgan knows who to ask for help: young Jack and Annie! Their mission: discover one of the four secrets of happiness. Their journey: to a land of fierce samurai and great beauty, the capital city of Edo (now the city of Tokyo), in ancient Japan in the 1600s. Their tools: a research book to guide them and a magic wand with three special rules.