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Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House #29)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,880 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Celebrate the wonder of the Middle Ages with this enchanting addition to the Magic Tree House series! When Jack and Annie receive a Royal Invitation to spend Christmas in Camelot, they expect feasting and fun with King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. But instead, they find themselves on a quest to recapture the kingdom's joy and save Camelot from being forgotten forever.
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Published October 23rd 2001 by Listening Library
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Cathy
My first Merlin Mystery! There is a big shift in theme here. This book doesn't deal with the kids on an adventure into history, but instead into fantasy. Instead of facts and history, they learned about the power of memory and imagination. Maybe even that some things don't have to be true to be important. Jack doesn't even have time to take notes! Anyway, it was a traditional fantasy adventure, quest and all. Some of the fun mythological elements, in addition to Camelot and it's denizens, were t ...more
Brandon Loehrke
“Christmas In Camelot” begins when Jack and Annie find a book about Merlin. The book is all about the feasts and celebrations in Camelot. Jack and Annie are excited to go to Camelot to see what it is like. When they get there Camelot looks nothing like the book said it would. An evil witch casted a spell over Camelot that took away all the celebration. Jack and Annie go visit the King and Queen of Camelot. They tell Jack and Annie that three of their knights are missing. Jack and Annie soon meet ...more
Queen Susan the Gentle
It all started when they saw a dove in the evening mist. Jack and Annie found inside the treehouse a royal invitation to a Christmas party in Camelot signed with an M. They thought it was from their good friend the enchantress, so they went. But when they get there she tells them Camelot isn't celebrating Christmas. The food is terrible, and no one is smiling. They soon learn Camelot has been robbed of its joy. And all magic has been banned. Soon comes in a thundering Christmas Knight. Jack and ...more
John
I'm not sure I would have given this quite so high a rating, but I asked my fifth-grade reading partner. She said five stars, and that's the opinion that counts.
I asked her what she liked about it, and she mentioned the part where the water spilled. I can't go into that without spoiling it, however.
Some of the devices in "Christmas in Camelot" struck me as imitative. It's winter, but not Christmas (thank you, C.S. Lewis). We get past the evil forces in an invisibility cloak (thank you, J.K. Rowl
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Simon
I loved this book! When I learned it was being written, I was so excited because I had thought that the Magic Tree House Books were over. I still had that thought and it lingered. It could just be a Christmas special book.

I was so excited to read it on Christmas eve. But when I read the part about it being "the last adventure" I was so sad and shocked. It was really crazy.

The rest of the book was so magical and it just took me there and I lived it. I got to see so much happen and hear all the so
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Lisa
We've been snowed in quite a bit in the last few weeks, so the kids and I have been getting our read on. Our favorite read-aloud books are The Magic Tree House series, and the best of those are the Merlin Missions. This one is the first of the Merlin Missions, and it's GREAT! My kids (my son is 8 and my daughter is 7) were so into it, they kept begging me to keep going whenever I came to the end of a chapter, and they were hanging on my arms and squealing while I read it, they found the adventur ...more
Kiddo
Listening to lots of this series. This is the first in the more mature Merlin Missions.
Lauren
In my opinion, the merit of the Magic Treehouse books is that they are fun and educational, and they are able to transport children to different places and times in history, with the possibilities being endless. But here at Book #29, the author starts sending her characters on "Merlin Missions" to fictional places where they encounter people and creatures of fantasy. To me, this is confusing and frustrating to kids. They are used to actually learning stuff from Magic Treehouse books. The "Merlin ...more
Kristen
You can read this review and others on my blog at http://awriterswife-bcray.blogspot.co...

So I read this out of order. I read the Halloween book before the Christmas book. I think I would have been more surprised at the end about who the Christmas Knight was if I hadn’t read them out of order.

Nevertheless the story was still fun. Jack and Annie get to go to Camelot at Christmas-time. But Camelot is not what they were expecting. I think this is a fun way to introduce kids to the myth surrounding
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Gwen Martin
I used to read the Magic Tree House books all the time in grade school and I absolutely loved them. That is why I chose to read this book for our popular series book. I enjoyed these books because they taught about history while they were entertaining. I love history so I easily got into these books. This particular book was not really about history, but instead about Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Even though this is not really history, it is still a historical story and I still enj ...more
Crystal
DS and I listened to this on audio from the library. We both enjoyed it. The voices are well done and it's very engrossing to both me as a parent and my son the 8-year-old. I like the fantasy-world aspect and I also enjoyed the authors talk at the end about Camelot and how it came from history and from story-telling. Very fascinating. Another great read for DS and I to enjoy in the car on the way to and from school. And it offers a great jumping off point for some discussions.
Kati
Part of the "Magic Tree House" series, this book has Jack and Annie traveling to Camelot where they find things are not as they should be. Jack and Annie agree to go on a quest to the "Otherworld" to try to get find and bring back some water from the cauldron of memory and imagination. Will Jack and Annie be able to get past the keepers of the cauldron and safely bring the water of memory and imagination back to Camelot to restore the joy before it's too late?
Katherine
C'était vraiment une lecture très sympathique! :) C'était le premier tome que je lisais de cette série (et de cette auteur). Bien que ce tome soit le 24ème, je n'ai eu absolument AUCUNS problèmes pour comprendre l'histoire! Il faut dire qu'à chaque tome il y a une nouvelle aventure, et que les deux personnages principaux ne s'attardent pas vraiment sur leurs précédentes aventures... J'ai adoré le personnage de Tom, il m'a vraiment fait rire, et en plus il adore les livres ;) C'est vrai que c'est ...more
Rick Silva
Really good installment of the Magic Treehouse series.

Jack and Annie are invited to spend Christmas in Camelot, and find the mythical kingdom under a spell of despair. Three of the kingdom's best knights have failed in their quest to restore joy to the kingdom, and now it's up to Jack and Annie to try to accomplish what the knights could not.

Mary Pope Osborne does a nice job of weaving elements of Arthurian mythology into the story while keeping it accessible to young readers. I smiled at the su
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Nicole
The Magic Tree House is a popular series for elementary school aged children. In this Christmas story Annie and Jack have been mysteriously invited to Camelot to Celebrate Christmas. However, when they get there, Camelot is under a dark, miserable spell. It is up to these Annie and Jack to go on a quest to find imagination and bring back joy to the kingdom. This is a fascinating story with easy to read sentences, ideal for kids who are transitioning into chapter books. There are a few black and ...more
Rubi
There was nothing WRONG with the story, I just felt it needed more. Which was weird considering this was the longest book up to this point (if read in order).
Everything seemed too easy for Annie and Jack, and the story kinda made Arthur and his Knights seem pathetic. I mean, the legends that delt with magic all the time suddenly couldn't and had to have to kids help. Kids that really did nothing and had everything given to them.
Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty enjoyable. But it gets a two
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Dominic Onate
Christmas In Camelot


The writing of this book is serious because it talks about medieval times. The strengths of this book are that it keeps you interested. There are no weaknesses. I would recommend this book to a classmate because it talks about knights. I would also recommend this book to a classmate because its suspenseful. The reason why I would recommend this book to a classmate is because the book has action in it. The book I read is part of a series and I am planning to read all of the bo
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Sarah Baxter
Mary Pope Osborne explores adventure, science, and history in her Magic Tree House series. Osborne is a very adventurous person herself and she really shows that throughout her stories. Osborne has written over 100 books that all have to do with some history or science of some kind. Her books are incredibly helpful and easy to read for young readers. Osborne goes through a very strenuous process to create all of her books just so she can give her readers the correct information while reading her ...more
Maya Orama
This book was amazing ! A boy and girl name Jack and Annie who are brother and sister Morgan and Merlin giving Jack and Annie adventures to complete to be master librarians . It was in the evening Jack and Annie just got back from school it was their winter vacation ! Annie and Jack was saw happy because they Can have more missions and more adventures to complete then Annie saw a butterfly she was thinking if it wants to show them were the magic tree house is but Annie and Jack didn't saw Morgan ...more
Kristofer
Did you ever wonder of a magical place to visit? You can find one in a place callled Camelot. Jack and Annie are brother and sister who go to Camelot to spend Christmas. After they arrive there, they find there is no joy and happiness because the evil wizard Mordred had cast a spell on Camelot. Jack and Annie embark on a magical adventure to free camelot from the spell by completing a quest. In order to break the spell they need a cloak which they already have and a key to unlock the door to the ...more
Patti K
It was great to finally get a chance to read the first book from the Merlin Missions. Now it seems like we're pretty much caught up, well, almost, anyway. I wish we'd been able to get it earlier; it really sets the tone for the other stories and helps set the stage for a Jack and Annie who are growing up and gaining in maturity.

This story takes place the Christmas after their last mission for Morgan, which if you recall was in the summer. So, it's been several months since our young hero and her
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SarahC
The Magic Tree House series and the fact guides that are published along with the series by Osborne are good early chapter books and I have enjoyed the few I have read. However, Christmas in Camelot isn't one of the best for either fans of the series or those looking for King Arthur stories.

Since the Athurian characters are dear to my heart I would have loved to see the legend described more, but perhaps Osborne did that in an earlier Tree House. In this book though, the characters were very fla
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Bri
This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.
Stephanieip_0509
I had read many magic tree house' books, some of them were okay, but i don't like this one. This book "christmas in camelot" is totally boring compare to the other ones. This type of book, kids might like it. Maybe the level is too low or too childish for me.
Compare to this book, i like the books with history and facts(magic tree house) more. in this book there is flying stag. it is all magic, realistic is probably what i want.
Sam
A cup, a compass, a key: the magic tree house has brought siblings Annie and Jack to Camelot, where they embark on a mysterious mission to find these enigmatic gifts. In this special hardcover addition to the bestselling Magic Tree House series, the young adventurers must travel to the Otherworld, an "ancient, enchanted land beyond the edge of the Earth, the place where all magic began" to save Camelot from dark wizard Mordred's evil spell. If they fail, Camelot will be forgotten forever. Fans o ...more
Summer
The Magic Tree House books were my favorite books when I was a kid and I couldn't resist picking them up again. Unfortunately my parents gave most of these books that I once owned to my younger cousins, but they love them too. So all is right in the world.
As a 17 year old, I still love this series. It's fun and entertaining, even predictable since I have developed my reading skills over the years, but still fun to read.
Bookslut
This is a giant leap forward for The Magic Tree House books. We read the first three and though the children begged for more, I would not do another from this series. In fact, I frequently sited them as the most boring and pointless chapter books I'd read with the kids so far. I don't know when the quality of these books improves, since we skipped from #3 to #29 (this was a bookclub pick for our library group), but somewhere along the line Jack and Annie really step up their game. Things actuall ...more
Terri Hale
My eight year old granddaughter is reading the Magic Tree House Series. She is on book 30 something. She loves them. So I decided to grab one and read it so we could talk about it. It was a cute story. The books take the reader to many places around the world and in the US. There are folk lore and fairy tale elements to the stories. I highly recommend this series.
Suzforkatie
Yes, I would recommend this book because it's so mysterious and I would just recommend it if you like adventure stories. It's very adventurous. It was my favorite of all the Magic Tree House books yet (I've read up to #31).

This book is about Camelot getting frozen for the time when Jack and Annie were away. Camelot's story would end if Jack and Annie could not come back. Jack and Annie have to travel to the Otherworld in order to save Camelot. It's a tragic mission because it's very scary and I
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“recognize you ….” “We’re just visiting,” said Annie. “But we know all about you. You’re Sir Lancelot, aren’t you?” “Yes,” breathed the knight. “And Sir Percival and Sir Galahad,” said Jack. “Yes … my son, Galahad … ,” said the knight. “King Arthur thinks you are lost forever,” said Annie.” 0 likes
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