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Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, No. 55)

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Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, No. 55)

Written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca

Jack and his sister, Annie, were on their way to the dog park when their puppy, Oki, dashed off to the Magic Tree House. Jack and Annie found Oki sitting at the base of the tree, and soon discovered the urgent note that rested inside. It read: “Please come to Camelot.” In a flash, they were whisked into an adventure with dragons, a secret garden, a hidden cave and a tricky riddle. As always, they would have to rely on their imagination and courage for this journey.

“For new and old Magic Tree House readers, this is a great novel for kids who value and love imagination and creativity.”

Since 1992, author Mary Pope Osborne has been creating wild adventures for Jack and Annie in this New York Times bestselling series. I remember the Magic Tree House series from my childhood and I was excited to find that it was exactly how I remembered it. The story was resolved with creativity, and was an entertaining read, even as I’m older.

It started with a prologue debriefing what happened in the earlier books of the Merlin Mission series (a book series within the Magic Tree House). In this way, children do not have to read all 55 of the books, or read them in order. However, since I had not read any of the other Merlin Mission books, it was still hard to keep track of all the characters.

Additionally, a new parallel Magic Tree House series called Fact Tracker was brought to my attention. The series is meant to accompany some of the Magic Tree House books (including this one) with research into the topic of the book. For example, this book’s Fact Tracker companion is DRAGONS AND MYTHICAL CREATURES, which is filled with the myths of some of the most popular legendary beings. I would recommend getting the Fact Tracker for inquisitive kids who want to discover more about the story that they’re reading.

Overall, this was a classic story about Jack and Annie, who are familiar faces to most millennials, and the new generation to come. For new and old Magic Tree House readers, this is a great novel for kids who value and love imagination and creativity.

Reviewed by Maya Berman on July 25, 2016

Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, No. 55)
(Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions #27)
Written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca

  • Publication Date: April 24, 2018
  • Genres: Adventure, Animals , Children's 7-10
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0553510924
  • ISBN-13: 9780553510928