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Mary Pope Osborne Books In Order

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Books

Dinosaurs Before Dark (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Knight at Dawn (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummies in the Morning (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pirates Past Noon (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Ninjas (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Afternoon on the Amazon (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunset of the Sabertooth (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight on the Moon (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dolphins at Daybreak (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Town at Sundown (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lions at Lunchtime (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Polar Bears Past Bedtime (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vacation Under the Volcano (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of the Dragon King (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Viking Ships at Sunrise (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hour of the Olympics (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tonight on the Titanic (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Before Breakfast (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tigers at Twilight (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dingoes at Dinnertime (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Civil War on Sunday (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twister on Tuesday (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthquake in the Early Morning (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Morning, Gorillas (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thanksgiving on Thursday (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Tide in Hawaii (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Books

Christmas in Camelot (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer of the Sea Serpent (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter of the Ice Wizard (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnival at Candlelight (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Season of the Sandstorms (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the New Magicians (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blizzard of the Blue Moon (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon of the Red Dawn (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monday with a Mad Genius (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eve of the Emperor Penguin (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonlight on the Magic Flute (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Good Night for Ghosts (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leprechaun in Late Winter (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Crazy Day with Cobras (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dogs in the Dead of Night (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abe Lincoln at Last! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Perfect Time for Pandas (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stallion by Starlight (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hurry Up, Houdini! (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Time for Heroes (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soccer on Sunday (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow of the Shark (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Balto of the Blue Dawn (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of the Ninth Dragon (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Super Edition Books

Danger in the Darkest Hour (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Spider Kane Books

Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spider Kane and the Mystery at Jumbo Nightcrawler's (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dear America Books

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Secret War: The WWII Diary of Madeline Beck (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of My America: Virginia's Civil War Diary Books

My Brother's Keeper (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Rain (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time to Dance (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tales From The Odyssey Books

The One-Eyed Giant (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Land of the Dead (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sirens and Sea Monster (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gray-Eyed Goddess (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Ithaca (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Battle (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Run, Run, As Fast As You Can (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Always, Blue (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Wishes, Joe Brady (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last One Home (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jason and the Argonauts (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deadly Power of Medusa (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonhorse (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Molly and the Prince (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunted Waters (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rocking Horse Christmas (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adaline Falling Star (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kate and the Beanstalk (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brave Little Seamstress (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New York's Bravest (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

American Tall Tales (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Mo to the Rescue (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pandora's Box (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Visit to Sleep's House (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mo and His Friends (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beauty and the Beast (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces of Art (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pompeii: Lost & Found (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Favorite Greek Myths (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bears, Bears, Bears: A Treasury of Stories, Song and Rhymes About Bears (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mermaid Tales from Around the World (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Favorite Norse Myths (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Random House Book of Bible Stories (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Books

Dinosaurs (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knights and Castles (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummies and Pyramids (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pirates (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rain Forests (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Titanic (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twisters and Other Terrible Storms (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dolphins and Sharks (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ancient Greece and the Olympics (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Revolution (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sabertooths and the Ice Age (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pilgrims (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ancient Rome and Pompeii (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Polar Bears and the Arctic (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea Monsters (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penguins and Antarctica (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leonardo da Vinci (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rags and Riches (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snakes and Other Reptiles (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dog Heroes (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abraham Lincoln (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pandas and Other Endangered Species (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horse Heroes (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic Tricks from the Tree House (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heroes for All Times (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soccer (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ninjas and Samurai (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sharks and Other Predators (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
China: Land of the Emperor's Great Wall (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vikings (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dogsledding and Extreme Sports (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Non-Fiction Books

Games and Puzzles from the Tree House (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic Tree House Survival Guide (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Games and Puzzles (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Story of Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Open Sea (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Washington: Leader of a New Nation (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Happy Birthday, America (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Writing children’s books for a number of years now, American author Mary Pope Osborne is well known for her accessible and fun stories that have captured the imaginations of the young all across the world. Translated worldwide, her much beloved and bestselling ‘Magic Tree House’ collection is probably her current most famous work. Winning a multitude of awards, she’s one of the most successful writers within her field to date.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 20th of May, 1949, Mary Pope Osborne has been an American writer of popular children’s books for quite some time now. Growing up all across United States, she moved around a lot during her formative years due to her being brought up in the military. Going from Oklahoma to Florida, she even spent some time abroad in Austria, all being experiences which helped shape both her and her writing. Initially studying drama at the University of Carolina, she had a keen interest in acting from an early age, as she would involve herself in the local theater nearby. During her studies she started to envelop herself in mythology as she begun to look deeper into religion, soon becoming a major in the subject as she gained an interest in other cultures. After her graduation she went onto travel across the world, taking in a wide-range of different experiences which she’d note down for later use.

Having created her ‘Magic Tree House’ series, she’s managed to build upon this unique franchise for a long time now. After the eventful life she has lived so far, she will continue to build upon this much beloved children’s brand. With plenty more books set waiting on the horizon, she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Writing Career

In 1982 Mary Pope Osborne arrived onto the literary scene with ‘Run, Run, As Fast As You Can’, which was a heart-felt look at the pains of growing up. Although it was somewhat less fantastical than her later entries, it still resonated with readers worldwide securing her status as an author of serious repute. Dealing with tragedy, it displayed how adept she was as an author when dealing with heavier issues faced by during childhood.

What she became most famous for though was her ‘Magic Tree House’ series first begun in 1992 with ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’. It’s now been going on for over fifty novels with more to follow shortly, plus there was a Japanese animated film in 2011 based on the much loved series. Adding to this, there are also a collection of non-fiction books based upon the series, designed to help children learn. Adapted to a variety of other platforms too, they feature a boy called Jack and his sister Annie as they find a magic tree-house and travel through time having lots of adventures. Not just popular commercially, the series has also won a variety of awards too, as children worldwide have become engaged in the material. Mary Pope Osborne has become a critically acclaimed author as well over the years, with the series receiving a huge amount of praise over the years. As she looks set to continue, this appears to be a trend that will carry on in the years to come with a lot more books and products expected to be released in the future.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

Beginning the Magic Tree House series, this book was first published in 1995 to a positive reception from young readers worldwide. Setting up the premise, it effectively establishes the fantastical world that these stories are to be taking place in. Providing the characters of Jack and Annie, it introduced its audience to this young brother and sister of seven and eight.

Finding the Magic Tree House Jack and Annie go about learning where it came from and how it works as a portal to another world of adventure. Wondering how it got there and who made it, they immediately whisked off into the past where dinosaurs roamed the earth in the prehistoric era. Visiting this far off land before mankind walked the earth, they get to learn about the past whilst having amazing adventures. Soon they find that they have to get back though, as it will be dark at home with no other way to return without getting into trouble. Understanding more on the tree house itself, they come to realize how it operates and how they can go about using it to their advantage for future adventures and fun. Will they be able to get home in time for dinner, or will they be having dinner with a dinosaur where it’s them that’s the main course? Can they work out how the tree-house operates, or will they be stuck in the past forever until the end of time? What will become of them both as they have their adventure and go looking at all the dinosaurs before dark?

The Deadly Power of Medusa

Published originally in 1988 this was part of a collaboration with Will Osborne; her long time partner. They would combine talents in the years to come creating their educational books and texts for children, many working as offshoots of the Magic Tree House series. Using various illustrations as well, they would become a great way of teaching children in a fun and inventive manner.

Telling the story of Medusa it recounts the myth in an easily accessible and fun style, so children of all ages can read it simply and quickly. Following Perseus, it charts his journey as he’s sent down to vanquish the evil Medusa, a woman with snakes for hair who was cursed due to her own vanity. Turning men to stone with one look, many have tried and failed to defeat her, which is why Perseus must keep his wits about him. Set in the world of Greek mythology, this is a classic story told in Osborne’s own idiosyncratic style, giving it her own take that would enthrall children worldwide. Setting up the format for what was to come, it helped establish a winning formula that would last over a number of years.

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