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.
The Magic Tree House books, with their fiction and nonfiction titles, are perfect for parents and teachers just starting to get into the “Core Curriculum.” With a blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness, the topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving). There is truly something for everyone here.
The Magic Tree House series is an award-winning 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.
Altogether, there are 51 fiction books. In addition, a number of nonfiction companions, called the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers, have been published. The fact trackers are coauthored by Mary Pope Osborne, her husband Will Osborne, and sister Natalie Pope Boyce. The fact trackers supply a non-fiction background for several of the topics explored in the fiction books.
The animated film Magic Tree House, produced by Media Factory, premiered in Japan in October 2011 and was generally released there on January 7, 2012