Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 1999



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Scholastic (1999), Edition: First Scholastic Printing, 96 pages


Their magic tree house takes Annie and Jack to Pompeii just as Vesuvius is about to erupt, and they must find a Roman scroll before everything is covered with burning ash.

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LibraryThing member ChelseaGriffin
The book is a good read for children who are ready to begin reading chapter books. The book is full of adventure and suspense that will definitely keep a child reading.
LibraryThing member jtaylo41
I personally thought this book was average. For a chapter book, I think the Magic Tree House series are an engaging and excellent start for young readers transitioning into chapter books, however, this specific one was not my favorite. I felt that it was a bit difficult for the readers to visualize
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what an ancient Roman town would be like, especially for young children. The author used pictures throughout the book but I don’t feel like the pictures helped enhance the story. Unless the readers have previously learned about Roman Empires, I don’t see how this would keep a young child’s interest. Also, there was a lack of positive events in the book. For example, the children disobeyed the old woman who warned them to leave, stole a scroll from a library, and continued to put themselves in harms way. The main message of this book is adventure and determination.
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LibraryThing member ngwiaz1
I really enjoy how Mary Pope Osborne writes with such clarity and dialogue. As a reader I realized I changed the voice in my head according to what Jack and Annie were saying. This helps readers keep interest and follow along with the story. I really liked how the author added historical context
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and made the characters 8 and 7 years old. The aspect of the two characters traveling back in time to Pompeii and experiencing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius was unlike anything else I have read. I think it is great for young readers to be engaged in. Personally, I liked how I, as the reader, could make predictions about what would happen in each following chapter. The small cliff hangers after each main point makes the reader want to continue.
Since this book was all about adventure I didn't think there was a main lesson learned or big idea. However, the strong bond between Jack and Annie can teach readers to trust their friends and how to work as a team and well with others. Jack and Annie both expressed strengths and weaknesses but always helped each other and I think readers can clearly understand this and relate to the characters relationship.
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LibraryThing member ladypembroke
My son really loved this one. I'm not sure I was found of the (almost literal) deus ex machina near the end, but I really liked the historical aspects of this book.
LibraryThing member cody.parker
The book is about mary and her brother go on a vaction to a village. As they got to the village they notice that there is a big huge valcone in the middle of the town. So as mary and her brother look around they see lots of very interesting things.As there in the vilage they stay the night after a
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long day. The next day as they get up they notice that the valcone will exploded soon and will distroy the town.then all the sudon the valcone explodes and we had to move to back home. after we got back we fell asleep and was ready for the next day.
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LibraryThing member rturba
Genre: historical fiction
Media: pencil drawings
Characterization: Annie is a flat static character. You don't know too much about her from the beginning. She is simple and likes to have adventures. Throughout the book you learn more about her, but her views and cautiousness never change. She is
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constantly wanting to leave Pompeii and get their mission over with. Because of this she does not mature very much in the book.
Review: This is a wonderful example of historical fiction. Every fact about Roman culture and Pompeii is true and to date, as stated in the more facts section at the end of the book. The book makes you feel as though you have really transported to Pompeii and are experiencing the disaster first hand. The only fictional part in the book is the two kids who actually transport to Pompeii and their mission in the book. However, because they are visitors to the town it makes it acceptable for you to be a visitor as well.
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LibraryThing member skeeterbo
Jack and Annie tied pillows to their heads so the volcano ash wouldn't hurt them. It was neat to read about Pompeii and when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
LibraryThing member tshrum06
This is a good example of fantasy. The reader is engaged in the story to begin with and then when the main characters transport back to the time of Pompeii, the reader is caught up in the story and it makes the idea very believable.
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
Media: Pencil
LibraryThing member sdglenn
Limited Pictures. Fiction. Their magic tree house takes Annie and Jack to Pompeii just as Vesuvius is about to erupt, and they must find a Roman scroll before everything is covered with burning ash. Great for grades k-4.
LibraryThing member judychadwick
Jack and Annie go to Pompeii to find a special book to bring back to Morgan La Fay. Looking around too long and not paying attention to warnings, they almost don't make it back to the magic tree house.
LibraryThing member elander
The Magic Tree House series makes reading fun and engaging. I would highly recommend this book for a classroom library. The adventures will capture students attention and encourage their imagination.
LibraryThing member Zacswic
Annie and Jack are going to Pompeii but they don't know that is where they are going. But when they need to find the ancient book and they find it a volcano erupts. Will they save themselves or the story will? That is the story in the book they find. I recommend this book to all the people who love
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adventure, suspense, and magic.
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LibraryThing member JTNguyen
This fiction novel is about a two siblings named Jack and Annie and their magic tree house. They walk into the woods to the magic tree house to meet with Morgan. Morgan sends them on a mission to save a book before the ancient library is forever lost. Magically, they end up in Rome dated back
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before the city of Pompeii was flooded by ashes from the volcano eruption. They accomplish their mission and returned back to the treehouse safely. This is a great book that takes imaginations to the next level.
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LibraryThing member TylerSmith
Summary: This story is about two young children, Jack and Annie, who through some magical reading books go back in time to ancient roman times. They stumble into the seen when the famous volcano of Pompeii is erupting. They must find a secret scroll to bring back and when they are trying to leave
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the volcano erupts. THey must race back to their tree house to try and escape the volcanoes ash and lava.
Genre Critique: This story is a fantasy because obviously people can not go back in time through reading books. while the characters are believable and some of the events were historically accurate, the story itself could not happen.
Setting: While the children are in Rome the author uses many details to help the reader understand where the story is taking place. The writer uses many details such as different people they meet, descriptions of buildings, and different things the children see throughout the story.
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LibraryThing member yyoon4
I love the Magic Tree House series! Jack and Annie go on an adventure and quest to find a book before Pompeii is gone forever.
LibraryThing member restock
For all of the students (and teachers) that love the Magic Tree House series this is a great addition. The story takes the reader to expereince Ancient Rome and the events that occurred during that time period. It is also a good quick read to accompany the ancient Rome information book for the
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older elementary audience
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This series of adventure stories is meant to excite young readers and bring the past alive, but I can't help feeling annoyed every time I read one. Though they're getting a little more interesting, they're really not all that exciting, and Jack chooses to write one or two boring notes that aren't
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relevent to the story and don't make much sense. This one really annoyed me "Morgan Le Fay" sent the kids off to Pompeii the day Vesuvius erupted so that the people of Camelot could have fun reading the story they picked up. Yeah, don't send them a day or two earlier, but just have them risk their lives so that the people of camelot can be entertained by the book you steal...
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LibraryThing member eearly15
After a dream, Jack and Annie, once again keen to follow their mission to become “Master Librarians” enter the magic tree house to travel in time and land in Pompeii before the big catastrophe. In traditional Roman tunics, they walk through the streets of Pompeii trying to find a library and
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they encounter a soothsayer who predict the explosion of the volcano. Soon enough, the earth started to shake, and the children in search for protection become hopeless, but the strong gladiator help them return and make it safe and on time to go to their own family vacation. An historical fiction chapter book with titles that anticipate with mystery, what is coming next. Very explicit drawings in pencil that portray all the emotions the children experience throughout the book. The special fonts in text catch the attention of the young readers with facts about the place. Beside history, this book can be used for science (study volcanoes), as well as the regular language art lessons to address the common core standards (e.g. making comparison between old times people and those in present times). A great book to share!
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7.09 inches


059070639X / 9780590706391

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