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Winter of the Ice Wizard (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission) Paperback – October 11, 2011

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Book 32 of 55 in the Magic Tree House Series

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JACK AND ANNIE, joined by Teddy and Kathleen (from earlier books), travel in the Magic Tree House to a land of snow where the Ice Wizard has captured Morgan and Merlin. The four friends must find the Ice Wizard's missing eye . . . or is it really his heart that is missing?


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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 over 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: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission (Book 32)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; A Stepping Stone Book edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375873953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375873959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I began reading the Magic Tree House series with my son several years ago. We'd take turns reading sections alod and it helped his reading as well as making him more confident to read aloud in class. He's 13 years old now and doesn't read these anymore but I confess to picking one up still here and there. I've been a fan of fantasy literature for 30 years and sometimes it's nice to take a bit of a break from the latest Robert Jordan behemoth and read something a little lighter both in length and in plot.

This is #32 in mary Pope Osbornes wonderfully imaginative Magic Tree House series. In this one, during Christmas Time Jack and Annie are summoned through the tree house by old friends Teddy and Kathleen. They emerge in a land that is frozen by magic by the Ice Wizard. But the wizard is no villian. He actually wanted Jack and Annie's help in finding Merlin and Morgan Le Fay who have disappeared. Thus begins a typical classic fantasy quest for our heroes.

Most adults can get through one of these in a couple of hours or so and kids in a couple of days. They are well-written, exciting and fun books for kids or adults looking for a small diversion. They really take me back to the days of reading C.S. Lewis and others when I was a kid. Enjoyable for all!
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From my 8 year-old:

I felt excited to get a copy of "Winter of the Ice Wizard" by Mary Pope Osborn. This is one of the great stories of "The Magic Tree House" series. These books are about two little kids named Jack and Annie. They travel in a magic tree house.

In this story Jack and Annie have to find the Ice Wizard's eye. The wizard gives them a riddle and a rope with knots in it to help them on their quest. When someone unties a knot the sleigh goes faster. Two big white wolves chase our heros in the snow.

I really liked this book because the story had a lot of mystery and danger. I liked the author's characters, except the Norn sisters. They were too nice! If you want to find out what happens with the wolves at the end, rush to buy this book!

NB: this is the first time my son has ever read a book cover-to-cover!!!!
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I tried many different books to spark my daughter's interest for reading. I love to read and have been reading to her since she was 2 years old. I was so hurt and frustrated when she told me at 5 that she did not like to read. Well, she just didn't like the books I chose for her. She read one of the Magic Tree House books at school and since then has been hooked. I have been getting as many of the books in the series as possible since she just loves to read them! The great part is that these books are introducing her to history in a way that is interesting and fascinating. She has even begged me to get her the research handbooks for some of the books in the series! I couldn't be happier that she loves to read these books. It is so important for kids to read since it is too easy to watch TV, log on to the internet or play video games! She has even started reading before she goes to sleep each night. Thank you MS. Osborne for writing such wonderful books that are engaging for children and help to promote great comprehension skills!

A very happy mother!
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Magic Tree House books are huge in our house and ones that my kids have always wanted to read. My 9 year old is currently into these and my daughter was before him. They are fun books that keep a kid engaged.
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You should read Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osbourne. The book was awesome because Jack and Annie meet Kathleen and Teddy and they stop the winter solstice and get the staff of strength back. If they didn’t do it, the ice wizard would attack everyone with ice! -D
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The Magic Tree House books are a MUST READ collection for all children. Unlike many other series for young readers, the Magic Tree House should be read in chronological order to best appreciate Jack and Annie's travels through time as they go on various missions; which are typically completed in four parts. Parents and educators will enjoy going along for the ride as much as their students! My daughter is a teenager now but she still gets excited when she sees a new tree house adventure has come out.
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My son and I liked this book but I felt is was not the best from the series. It still is very good...a little gory on the removal of the eye description (however, my son loved that part...I guess it is a boy thing). We love these books!
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Another great Jack and Annie adventure. You can count on this series to be full of rich language, historical data and fun. My class loved this one.
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