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A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission) Hardcover – September 14, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
Book 44 of 54 in the Magic Tree House Series

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Gr 2-4–During another “Merlin Mission,” Jack and Annie are sent back in time to Victorian England, where Charles Dickens is suffering from writer's angst and has vowed not to pen another book. After posing as chimney sweeps in order to gain entry to his house, the two children use magic to conjure up the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in order to convince Dickens of the value of his work and to inspire him to write A Christmas Carol. Fans of the series won't be disappointed in this tale, which nicely combines action, atmosphere, magic, and bits of humor in a stepping-stone format.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author

MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission (Book 44)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856525
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Another Magic Tree House title - #44 - by Mary Pope Osborne provides a satisfying holiday title in A GHOST TALE FOR CHRISTMAS TIME. Here Jack and Annie find their next task is to help famous writer Charles Dickens, and they are taken back in time to Victorian England London where they discover Dickens doesn't really need their help. Their discovery of his hidden sadness leads to adventure, magic and ghostly encounters in this latest fine addition to the popular series.
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My nine year old daughter's review...

'This book called me in the book store! "Come read me, come read me!". I thought that it described how the ghosts came out really well. I also thought that it was a really good way to teach a lesson to kids by telling them that they shouldn't be greedy or selfish and should help others more; they should be kind and hospitable. My favorite part was when Charles Dickens was chatting with his fans in the restaurant at the end.'

I'll just add that she read it in one sitting, so I know she enjoyed it.
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This book was an easy and interesting read for my seven year old son. He didn't expect it to be about Charles Dickens, he thought it would be about ghostsd because of the cover art. Still, he liked it.
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I am an ESL teacher and my student loves these books. He gets to pick them on line and I order right in front of him. He gets so excited because they arrive within a couple of days. He is willing to read independently for practice and knows he will get immediate rewards when he finishes a book. This seller's timimg is terrific!
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This book series is worth ten stars. I read these to my kindergarten class and the kids love them. The stories are well written, educational, and keep the children enthralled. In addition, the books invoke the children's imaginations and usually lead them to create their own Jack and Annie adventures.
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First I read boring books they were not very good.Then my sister told me about the Magic Tree House series from school.I started reading those book it was the best.There were adventures around every corner.I could not put the book down. This book is scary but IT includes Charles Dickins. This is intresting every page. There are some bulling in this book.I hope you love this book as much as I do and hope Mary Pope Osborn keeps writing the magic tree house series.I learn so much history from this book and all the book.
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Mary Pope Osborne's books are written for young to mid elementary aged children. This series is a wonderful one, full of adventure and learning. As an educator I have used these books to teach science and history. The information presented and readiability level is very age appropriate.
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My daughter loved this story.

Annie was very innovative to use the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol to motivate Charles Dicken to continue to use his writing to inspire his countrymen towards a more caring and aspiring society.

The story introduced the children to the poor society of England in which Charles Dicken lived. Very young children were forced to work to survive. The social zeitgeist towards the rich and poor was very apparent; Jack and Annie were treated with great respect when they were well clothed but the attitude and language used on them changed abruptly after they changed their clothing with the chimney cleaners.
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