(Knoxville, TN - October 9, 2013) Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series of early readers has transported millions of children to far off lands. Join us for a celebration of her 50th book, Hurry Up Houdini, with crafts, games, and a web cast featuring Osborne herself. The Children's Room at Lawson McGhee Library will celebrate the enormous popularity of her books on Friday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Since 1992, Osborne has published 50 books that feature the adventures of brother-sister team, Jack and Annie, who explore the world with the help of books and a magic tree house. Their travels traverse both the globe and time. Over the years, Jack and Annie have visited dinosaurs in pre-historic times, mummies in Egypt, and children of the American Civil War, all along learning about history and and geography. Most stories have non-fiction companion research guides that delve deeper into the subject of the books.
The popularity of the series eclipsed that of Harry Potter as #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2006. The series has received honors from such organizations as the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Booksellers Association, and the author received the Ludington Memorial Award from the Educational Paperback Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Random House Sales Force.