Authors to discuss latest in Magic Tree House series

By Elizabeth Zajac….

Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

In the newest addition to the perennially bestselling and trusted Magic Tree House series, Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $12.99), the beloved brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are transported to India to complete their new mission.

Releasing simultaneously is the nonfiction companion research guide, Magic Tree House Research Guide #23: Snakes and Other Reptiles by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $4.99), with illustrations in both by Sal Murdocca.

In support of the books’ publication, Osborne and Boyce are embarking on a national tour. They will be in South Florida on Jan. 16, 2 p.m., at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. in Coral Gables. The event is hosted by Books and Books.

The newest addition to the Magic Tree House series packs loads of adventure and magic in this frightening (but not too scary!) tale.

In a magical whirl, Jack and Annie are whisked away to Mughal, India, in order to find the four objects necessary to break the spell that has been cast on Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. There, the brother-sister team must battle cobras and ride wild elephants to complete their new mission.

Old and new readers alike will find another thrilling Magic Tree House adventure among the pages of A Crazy Day With Cobras. Yet again, Mary Pope Osborne masterfully mixes magic, humor, and history in this thrilling tale. While reading A Crazy Day With Cobras, readers can refer to its nonfiction companion research guide, Snakes and Other Reptiles to find fun facts, exciting photos, and interesting tidbits. There they will find answers to such questions as: Can snakes really be charmed? Which reptile has the deadliest venom? The Magic Tree House Research Guide is the perfect way for kids to discover more about the fascinating topic of snakes and reptiles!

A Crazy Day With Cobras is available in the now-customary three platforms: print, audio, and digital.

Since its debut in 1992, the hugely popular Magic Tree House series has sold 70 million copies in North America alone and continues to be one of the most renowned and beloved children’s series today. The series has been translated into 28 different languages in 31 countries, and is widely regarded among children, teachers, and parents alike for its power to instill a passion for reading.

With the recent launch of the entire Magic Tree House series in ebook form (June 2010), the series is available in the now-customary three platforms—print, audio, and digital. Teachers and kids can experience even more of the Magic Tree House fun on the all-new comprehensive website, which launched in November 2010.

Mary Pope Osborne is the critically acclaimed author of all the Magic Tree House books and numerous other novels, picture books, and nonfiction titles. She currently works with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, on the nonfiction companion titles to the Magic Tree House books. Mary lives in Goshen, CT, with her husband, Will.

Natalie Pope Boyce is the coauthor of the bestselling Magic Tree House Research Guides and a seasoned traveler. She lived in Ireland and Germany for several years before moving to Mexico, where she lived for 10 years. She now lives in Stockbridge, MA, in a 175-year-old house where she spends her time reading, writing, gardening, listening to music, and visiting with her sister, Mary, who lives nearby.

Sal Murdocca has illustrated more than 200 children’s trade and textbooks. He also is a librettist for children’s opera, a video artist, and an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, as well as a children’s illustration teacher at the Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York.

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