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Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, No. 5) Paperback – March 21, 1995

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The tree house is back--but where is the enchantress Morgan le Fay?  The search for her begins as Jack and Annie are transported back to ancient Japan, where they find themselves in the cave of a ninja master.  Will the evil samurai warriors get to Jack and Annie before they can learn the secrets of the ninjas?    

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679863710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679863717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Something about this series of books appeals enough to 2nd grade readers that they will read them on their own -- and ask for more. I read this book to make sure it was suitable for my son and I found it remarkably lacking in substance -- it's pretty much only the setting that changes from book to book -- I'm grateful I don't have to read this series aloud! However, my 7-year-old son reads a Tree House book in one or two sittings and his reading skills are greatly improved. He doesn't balk when I ask him to read aloud to his 3-year-old brother. Now the 3-year-old is crazy for them, too, and carries the books around and quotes passages from them. All I can say is: I wish I had stumbled on this Osborne chick's gold mine first.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you like ninjas, then you'll want to read Night of the Ninjas.
If you like mice, you'll like this book, because Peanut is a mouse.
The story keeps you guessing. becaue the mouse acts like a human.
I liked Night of the Ninjas, because ninjas fight like martial
artists.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I liked the mouse and I liked that Jack and Annie turned into Ninjas. This book has a lot of action in it, and I learned that the Samauri were ancient Japan fighters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is very typical of the Magic Tree House series. Youngsters Jack and Annie travel to distant lands and times in service to Morgan le Fey, who controls the tree house which magically appears in their backyard. On each adventure the pair are supposed to retrieve some artifact or bit of knowledge to help Morgan, who in this case seems to have mysteriously disappeared. The books are organized into groups of four because Jack and Annie always have to find four things to complete their mission. In this case, the four things all begin with the letter "M".

The writing, while not terribly involved or gripping, is basically appropriate for the target audience - young readers just venturing into chapter books, perhaps ages 6 through 9. My 7-year-old enjoys the books, I think largely because she's sort of taken aback with herself that she actually can read and understand them.

My concern with this book concerns the topic of ninjas vs. samurai. Like all Magic Tree House books, it does not delve too deeply into the actual history of ninjas, but what it does portray is very stereotypically binary good vs. evil and not exactly accurate. In the book, Jack and Annie encounter two ninjas who take them to the ninja master. The ninja master tells them that they must get away from the samurai, who are apparently the "bad guys". We learn absolutely nothing about the apparent feud between the groups or why the samurai are evil. In historical reality, however, while neither the ninjas nor the samurai were completely good or completely evil, the samurai are more associated with honor and nobility.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 31, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
I think this book was so cool! I would really want to go with Jack and Annie on their journey. My eyes poped when I saw that mighty samurai and when the ninja master said: "use nature, be nature,and follow nature."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 1, 2002
Format: Library Binding
This excellent book is about two kids named Jack and Annie. One day they were walking in Frog Creek Woods and they found a magic treehouse. Then they travelled back to Ancient Japan where two ninjas capture them. Read to find out what happens next.
This is an exelent book and one of my favorites! I would recommend this book to any one that likes adventure.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "studentlax2" on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you like ninjas then you'll want to read night of the ninjas.

If you are a fraidy cat you might like Jack and if you like to imagine,then you will like Annie. If you like mice, then you will like Peanut in the story.
The story keeps you guessing because the mouse acts like a human.
I liked Night of the Ninjas, because it's exciting and you will like it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN 0679863710 - Books in series for kids aren't new - Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Bobbsey Twins.. right on through to the Babysitters Club and Goosebumps - they've been out there for generations. This series, however, does seem to have a slightly younger target audience than most and that, in my opinion, is a very good thing. The younger they're hooked, the harder it is to give up the habit, and reading is a habit you want to encourage.

Jack and Annie are headed home from the library, wondering where Morgan and the Magic Tree House are and when she and it might return. Annie runs off into the forest and sees that it has returned! The only question is - where's Morgan? A note is found, along with a mouse, and the kids have the tree house whisk them away to Japan, sometime in the 14th-17th centuries, where they are meet ninjas and flee from samurai warriors and gather the first of four items they will need to rescue their friend. They return home in time for dinner, but they still haven't found Morgan!

I have a few problems with the book - for one, the kids go to Japan and meet some ninjas who speak fluent English. Or the kids unknowingly speak fluent Japanese. Either way, they're able to communicate without trouble. Jack makes small notes as he goes, like "ninjas were warriors in old Japan", but there's little effort made to delve too deeply into anything informative. Not that every book in the world needs to be educational, but it feels very much like a missed opportunity. Last is the obvious fact that book #5 comes nowhere near being complete, as Morgan is still missing.
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