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Christmas in Camelot
The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in...
The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in...
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  • The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!
    When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot—a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy—they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don't know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. Can they succeed even though Camelot's greatest knights have failed?
    Formerly numbered as Magic Tree House #29, the title of this book is now Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #1: Christmas in Camelot.
    Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?
    Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books
    Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader
    Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure
    Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures
    Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!


  • From the book Sunlight had faded from the late-afternoon sky. Puffy snow clouds were moving in.

    "Let's hurry. I'm cold," said Jack.

    He and Annie were walking home from school. Their Christmas vacation was just beginning.


    "Wait, " said Annie. "Look."

    She pointed to a white bird sitting on a bare tree branch at the edge of the woods. The bird was staring straight at them.

    "It's a dove," said Jack.

    "It's a messenger," said Annie, "from Morgan."

    "No," Jack said, afraid to get his hopes up. They hadn't seen Morgan le Fay in a long time. He really missed her.

    "Yes, " said Annie. "She has a mission for us. I can feel it."

    In the hush of the cold twilight, the dove spread its wings and flew into the Frog Creek woods.


    "Come on!" said Annie. "The tree house is

    "You're just hoping!" said Jack.

    "I'm knowing!" said Annie. She ran into the woods, following the white dove.

    "Oh, brother," said Jack. But he took off after Annie.

    Even in the growing darkness, they easily found their way. They zigzagged between the bare trees and ran over the frozen ground until they came to the tallest oak in the woods.

    "See?" said Annie', pointing to the top of the tree.

    "Yeah, " whispered Jack.

    There it was: the magic tree house.

    "Morgan!" shouted Annie.

    Jack held his breath, waiting to see the enchantress at the tree house window. But

    Morgan did not appear.

    Annie grabbed the rope ladder and started up. Jack followed.

    When they climbed inside the tree house, Jack saw something lying on the floor. It was a scroll, rolled up and tied with a red velvet ribbon.

    Jack picked up the scroll and unrolled it. The thick, yellowed paper shimmered with large gold writing.

    "Wow, Morgan sent us a really fancy note," said Annie.

    "It's an invitation, " said Jack. "Listen."

    "Christmas in Camelot!" said Annie. "I don't believe it!"

    "Cool" whispered Jack. He pictured a beautiful, glowing castle lit with candles and filled with knights and ladies feasting and singing.

    "We're going to celebrate Christmas with Morgan and King Arthur!" said Annie. "And Queen Guinevere!"

    "Yeah, said Jack. "And the Knights of the Round Table, like Sir Lancelot!"

    "Let's go!" said Annie. "Where's the book?"

    She and Jack looked around the tree house for a book about Camelot. The only book they saw was the Pennsylvania book that always brought them home.

    "That's strange," said Jack. "Morgan didn't send a book about Camelot with the Royal Invitation. How does she expect us to get there?"

    "I don't know, " said Annie. "Maybe she forgot."

    Jack picked up the invitation. He read it again. He turned it over, hoping to find more information. The back of the scroll was blank. He handed the invitation to Annie.

    "She must have forgotten," he said.

    "Darn," said Annie, staring at the gold writing. "I really wish we could go to Camelot."

    The tree branches rustled.

    The wind began to blow.
    "What's happening?" said Jack. "I don't know-" said Annie. "Wait a minute," said Jack.
    "You were holding the invitation, and you made a wish. The wind blew harder. "That must have made the magic...

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 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.


  • DOGO Books summerstar - I have read the book Christmas in Camelot, and it was a blast. In the story, Jack and Annie get sent to Camelot, using a scroll signed with a M. They think it's from Morgan. King Arthur thinks so to, because he's furious when Jack and Annie get there and tell him they came in the magic tree house, using a scroll signed with a M. He yells at Morgan, because her name stars with a M, and she usually brings Jack and Annie to Camelot using the magic tree house. Jack and Annie don't know why he's mad at Morgan, though. King Arthur is usually happy when Morgan brings them. But then they hear the sad news. King Arthur stopped all the magic in Camelot because the Mordred's Dark Wizard cast his spell. The king sent three knights to get magic water to stop the spell, but they never came back. All of a sudden, a Christmas knight comes and tells Jack and Annie to come with him to the Otherworld. When Annie says okay, the knight turns Morgan and the others to ice. He told them that when they come back form collecting the water of Memory and Imagination from the Otherworld, the others will turn back into people. Then he told them to get four things, a cloak, a key a compass, and a cup. He also told them to take the first item from him. Jack wrote thee things down and looked up at the knight. " Anything else? " He asked the knight. The knight dropped his long, velvety cloak in front of Jack and Annie. Then he rode away into the night. If you want to figure out what happens next, you should read the book!
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 1, 2001
    What could be more exciting than a Christmas Eve quest back in the time of King Arthur? Young listeners are swept into historical fantasy as author Mary Pope Osborne reads her own bestselling works on the audiobook Christmas in Camelot, which includes the Magic Tree House titles Christmas in Camelot and Magic Tree House Research Guide #2: Knights and Castles.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2001
    Gr 2-5-In this series installment, Jack and Annie are transported to the legendary kingdom, which has been put under a dismal spell by King Arthur's enemy Mordred. To bring joy and hope back to Camelot, the youngsters volunteer to journey to the Otherworld in order to bring back the Water of Memory and Imagination that will break the spell. This isn't really a Christmas story, but rather a rousing adventure tale filled with dancing fairies, white stags, and hideous beasts. Jack and Annie undertake the rigors of the quest with enthusiasm and aplomb, and if it all seems a bit too easy, fledgling fantasy readers and fans of the series shouldn't mind at all.-E. M.

    Copyright 2001 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    December 15, 2001
    Gr. 2-5. Although not a numbered volume in the Magic Tree House series, this adventure features young Annie and Jack on a return trip to Camelot. There they journey into the Otherworld to save Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and Sir Percival and to lift Mordred's evil spell from the kingdom. Osborne introduces young readers to two of the most venerable conventions of fantasy: a rhyming riddle that must be solved and magical objects (whose legendary origins are described in a fine author's note) that help the children complete their quest. Despite a series of trials, the children's triumph seems to come easily. The print is fairly large, the text lively, and appealing illustrations appear every few pages. This is longer than the early Magic Tree House books, but children who have read the entire series are probably ready for somewhat longer chapter books by now.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2001, American Library Association.)

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