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Publication Order of Magic Tree House Books

Dinosaurs Before Dark / Valley of the Dinosaurs (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Knight at Dawn / Castle of Mystery (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mummies in the Morning / Secret of the Pyramid (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pirates Past Noon / Pirates' Treasure! (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Ninjas (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Afternoon on the Amazon (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunset of the Sabertooth / Mammoth to the Rescue (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight on the Moon / Moon Mission! (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dolphins at Daybreak (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Town at Sundown / A Wild West Ride (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lions at Lunchtime / Lions on the Loose (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vacation Under the Volcano / Racing with Gladiators (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polar Bears Past Bedtime / Icy Escape! (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Dragon King / Palace of the Dragon King (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Viking Ships at Sunrise / Voyage of the Vikings (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hour of the Olympics (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonight on the Titanic (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buffalo Before Breakfast (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tigers at Twilight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dingoes at Dinnertime (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Civil War on Sunday (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twister on Tuesday (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earthquake in the Early Morning (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Morning, Gorillas (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanksgiving on Thursday (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Tide in Hawaii (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Big Day for Baseball (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hurricane Heroes in Texas (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors in Winter (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Future, Ben Franklin! (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Narwhal on a Sunny Night (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Late Lunch with Llamas (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Camp Time in California (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunlight on the Snow Leopard (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rhinos at Recess (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time of the Turtle King (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Windy Night with Wild Horses (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Books

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

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Super Edition Books

Danger in the Darkest Hour / World at War, 1944 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Spider Kane Books

Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider Kane and the Mystery at Jumbo Nightcrawler's (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

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

My Brother's Keeper (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Rain (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time to Dance (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tales From The Odyssey Books

The One-Eyed Giant (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land of the Dead (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sirens and Sea Monsters (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gray-Eyed Goddess (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to Ithaca (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Battle (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

American Tall Tales (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Mo to the Rescue (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandora's Box (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Visit to Sleep's House (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mo and His Friends (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beauty and the Beast (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces of Art (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Bobby (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pompeii: Lost & Found (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Books

with Natalie Pope Boyce, Will Osborne
Dinosaurs (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knights and Castles (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mummies and Pyramids (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pirates (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain Forests (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Titanic (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twisters and Other Terrible Storms (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dolphins and Sharks (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Greece and the Olympics (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Revolution (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sabertooths and the Ice Age (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pilgrims (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Rome and Pompeii (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polar Bears and the Arctic (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea Monsters (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Penguins and Antarctica (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonardo da Vinci (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghosts (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kids in Hard Times (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snakes and Other Reptiles (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dog Heroes (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abraham Lincoln (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandas and Other Endangered Species (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horse Heroes (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic Tricks from the Tree House (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroes for All Times (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soccer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ninjas and Samurai (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
China (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sharks and Other Predators (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vikings (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dogsledding and Extreme Sports (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragons and Mythical Creatures (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
World War II (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baseball (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild West (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Benjamin Franklin (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Narwhals and Other Whales (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Llamas and the Andes (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Non-Fiction Books

Games and Puzzles from the Tree House (With: Natalie Pope Boyce) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Magic Tree House Journal (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic Tree House Survival Guide (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Animal Games and Puzzles (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Story of Christopher Columbus (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Washington (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
One World, Many Religions (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Birthday America (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memories and Life Lessons from the Magic Tree House (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dear America Books

When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary Of Abigail Jane Stewart (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By: Joyce Hansen) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Picture Of Freedom (By: Patricia McKissack) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By: Sherry Garland) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stationery Pack (By: Patricia McKissack) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (By: Ellen Emerson White) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Heart is on the Ground (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (By: Karen Hesse) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (By: Patricia McKissack) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana 1932 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By: Sherry Garland) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (By: Jim Murphy) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (By: Beth Seidel Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas 1935 (By: Katelan Janke) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By: Ann Turner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (By: Marion Dane Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Stars in the Sky (By: Megan McDonald) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (By: Patricia McKissack) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (By: Lisa Rowe Fraustino) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (By: Kirby Larson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like the Willow Tree (By: Lois Lowry) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannons at Dawn (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By: Susan Patron) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By: Judy Blundell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

with Kelly Matthews
Dinosaurs Before Dark (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Knight at Dawn (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mummies in the Morning (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pirates Past Noon (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Favorite Greek Myths(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bears, Bears, Bears(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mermaid Tales from Around the World(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Norse Myths(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
When I Was Your Age: Original Stories about Growing Up(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Medieval Tales(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Random House Book of Bible Stories(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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