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Contributor(s): Osborne, Mary Pope, Murdocca, Sal (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0375856536     ISBN-13: 9780375856532
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2012

Annotation: Jack and Annie travel back to Victorian London when Merlin asks them to use their magic to inspire Charles Dickens to write "A Christmas Carol."

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Time travel; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2012032537
Lexile Measure: 520
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Magic Tree House
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 113 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139440
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51001
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
In Victorian England, Charles Dickens's pen is quieted by writer's block; he's also dismayed by the plight of London's child laborers. Jack and Annie use magic to create three ghosts who visit Dickens, let loose his muse, and ultimately influence his next masterpiece. Magic Tree House fans won't be disappointed by this latest installment. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 October)

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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