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Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic Tree House #15)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,421 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Jack and Annie are off in search of another story in jeopardy, this time at
a monastery in ancient Ireland. Trouble arrives when Vikings land, and Jack and
Annie must find a way to escape!
Paperback, 73 pages
Published August 11th 1998 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1998)
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Maya Orama
Oct 25, 2014 Maya Orama rated it it was amazing
The book that I read today was about a brother and sister named jack and Annie. In the morning, jack and Annie went to the tree house. When they got there, Morgan lee fe was waiting for them. She had another mission for them to go to. She wanted them both to find a secret book that contained very important treasures. When they got in the book, Annie an jack found out that the seas where filled with Viking ships. When they saw the Vikings they where frightened, but the Vikings where nice. They bo ...more
Rick Silva
Nov 05, 2015 Rick Silva rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie are new Master Librarians for Morgan Le Fey, and they are tasked with the retrieval of four lost stories. This particular episode sends the kids back in time to medieval Ireland, where they must retrieve an illuminated manuscript from a group of monks before vikings arrive and pillage the place.

This had some fun plot twists, including a deus-ex-machina that was so over-the-top that it still falls into the "fun plot twist" category.

The Kiddo enjoyed some of the little touches in t
Isabel Orama
Jan 19, 2013 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing
The book I read today was number 15. It was about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. Morgan gave them another mission to go to an island when the seas were filled with Vikings. She gave them a mission to find a secret story. The title of the story was called "Serpens Magma". When they went in the tree house they first waved good bye to Morgan.

The tree house spun faster and faster them came to a halt. When they came out of the tree house they were in a island. They came out the tree house
Sarah Sammis
Feb 01, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
I'll probably be wrapping up my series of reviews of books from the Magic Tree House soon. My son has become a strong enough reader that he now reads these books by himself. With all my other reading I'm not sure I can keep up with them as he tears through this series.

Viking Ship Before Sunrise is the third book in the lost works series. This time Jack and Annie have to go back to an island off the coast of Ireland to rescue an illuminated manuscript before the island is over run by Vikings.

May 25, 2015 Noahb added it
I like Magic Tree House books. Jack and Annie went to Ireland to find a lost book. In Ireland they met Brother Patrick and followed him into a church. In the church Jack and Annie found the lost book but it wasn't finished. Back at the tree house they see the vikings so they go back to the church. The vikings tried to kill them but hey were able to get back home. I like the book because it was fun and you never know what will happen next.
Feb 20, 2015 Savannah rated it it was ok
It was cute, but VERY predictable
Mar 11, 2016 Stefano rated it it was amazing
From the moment this captivating novel begins, the reader is catapulted headfirst into a whirlwind of lurid action. Jack takes the narrative by storm in a manner reminiscent of the eponymous Rambo productions. Fortunately, to keep from over-stimulating engrossed readers, the text often veers into drab descriptions of the Viking times. However, like Leif Eriksson, the heroic Viking shrouded in legend for having discovered America 500 years before Columbus, Jack and Annie were drawn to the call of ...more
Rosa Cline
Nov 04, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This title is kind of misrepresenting of this venture the kids go on in this story. The story was more about the history of Ireland and monks. And how monks needed to hand write the stories of Ireland's history or they would 'die' with their people. There were Vikings in the story and the author did incorporate them into the Ireland's history but picking the story up you think the story is going to be about the history and lessons on Vikings but it's not. The way she wrote about Ireland and monk ...more
Bryce Akey
Jun 02, 2015 Bryce Akey rated it really liked it
“Vikings Ships at Sunrise,” was a good book. I enjoyed this book because it was easy to read, and the author did a good job of keeping the reader interested.
The story starts out with Jack and Annie sitting at home. They decide that they are going to the tree house. When they arrived, Morgan Le Fay was waiting for them. She sends them to the seas of the Vikings. When they arrived in the sea, they were frightened by the Vikings. They realized that the Vikings meant no harm, and asked them if they
Jun 19, 2014 Rubi rated it it was amazing
*Sigh* I wish I could have or make one of those beautiful painted manuscripts of the "Dark Ages".
I've seen only one in person and it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. They truly were a work of art, which most people don't even know or think about :(
I've been into the whole How To Train Your Dragon francise right now, so it was fun to read more about Vikings with more factual information. Though, it was very little in this book this time.
The story was more about the Irish monks w
Madison Lakey
May 12, 2015 Madison Lakey added it
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While Jack and Annie's parents are sleeping they sneak off to the magic tree house. That night they go to old Ireland to find a lost book. While there they met Brother Patrick and show him their Master Librarian card. They follow Brother Patrick back into the church where they find the book that they were looking for, but it wasn't finished. The two tried to take it to the magic tree house in an attempt to go home but on their way there they see Vikings. So Jack and Annie ran back into the churc ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
The European history of mankind is not something a lot of young kids in the United States know about, especially the Dark Ages. It is nice to see Mary Pope Osborne exposing young readers to an important time in our history.

I liked that the story takes place in Ireland. I didn't know it was going to from the name on the cover, so it was a nice surprise. Actually, the book is more about the Irish Christian monks than it is about Viking invaders.

Still, Viking Ships at Sunrise is a fun read and ca
Feb 17, 2014 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
It was about them trying to get a story that wasn't completely finished. They almost didn't get it, so when the vikings came, the monk who was writing the story gave the book to them. Then they jumped into one of the viking ships cause they couldn't find their treehouse. Once they got the book during their darkest hour, they could use the book they got from the monk and they could use it once and it would save them. Then a sea monster came and it pushed them to the shore, so they got out and wer ...more
Nate Beard
Aug 18, 2009 Nate Beard rated it it was ok
It was not that good but ok.
Apr 27, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
In this adventure, Jack and Annie were given the task of finding a Book of Wonder that has been handwritten by the monks in Ireland. Once Jack and Annie find the book, they are unable to take it with them because it was unfinished. Just as they were about to leave the island, unexpected trouble shows up! With the help of an unexpected "friend" they are able to complete their mission. The author explained what life was like for the monks in Ireland.Each chapter kept us wondering what would happen ...more
Jessica Hudson
May 02, 2013 Jessica Hudson rated it really liked it
Annie and Jack are sent back in time to ancient Ireland during the time of the Dark Ages. They have a story to retrieve while they are there but make some new friends along the way as well. Brother Patrick introduces the children to Brother Michael. Brother Michael has the book that the children have been sent to retrieve because it is the book that he has been working on his entire life; however, the book is not yet finished. While the children are in Ireland, Vikings attack! Annie and Jack win ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Alisatkach rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like heros
when i read this book at the ending it told that vikings can be a hero.
even monsters and that scary stuff. in the middle of this story a sea
monster came, Jack and Annie were in a viking's ship and they were
sailed away in the middle of the sea. but when the sea monster was
there, the sea monster would push them on to shore. when they got
to shore the sea monster helped Jack and Annie get on to shore and
get to there tree house on time.

3.5 stars

I got so excited when I read the title of this one and saw the picture on the cover of Jack and Annie in viking helmets in a viking ship! We're about to start our history unit on Vikings and I thought this might make a lovely complement to it...

It's bad enough that Vikings get such a bad rap just because they didn't keep a written history at the time, so the only records we have of them are from the monks in the monasteries they'd raid. Now, apparently even children's books have to take
Jack and Annie on on their third mission as Master Librarians. This time they must travel to ancient Ireland and save an ancient story before it is destroyed forever.

They find themselves in Ireland in the Middle Ages and discover that the monks help save keep Western civilization alive. They even get to meet a very helpful monk, Brother Patrick, who shows them the monastery and most importantly, the monks library. But the book they are looking for is not ready, so Jack and Annie prepare to retu
Brittany Knight
Jack and Annie are brother and sister. They use a magic tree house to travel through time to collect important books for their mentor and friend Morgan Le Fay. They travel to the dark ages to collect a book from a monk but are attack by vikings before they can get home. They steal a viking ship and are make it back to the tree house and return home with the book.
Amy Adams
Jul 24, 2014 Amy Adams rated it really liked it
This was my first MTH book, but I can definitely see why they are so popular with kids, parents, and teachers. They are filled with adventure, easy to read, focused on one main topic, and nicely balanced between both fiction and non-fiction elements. These are a must for any library or early elementary classroom!
Why is it that I can read a book about two kids traveling back in time via a magic tree house to a monastery in Ireland in the Middle Ages, where they meet, presumably, Saint Patrick, and yet it's when the friendly sea monster shows up that I start finding things unbelievable? Really good one though.
Dec 09, 2012 Moe rated it really liked it
-7word summary:Ireland-monk-Viking-ship sinks-hurry-surpent-heroes
1.If you can get on a ship,what kinds of ship do you want to get on?
-I like to see many kinds of fish,so I want to see them even if in the ship!I mean,like an aqualium.Also,I want to get on the big and gorgeous ship.I want to enjoy shopping or playing games or having great foods there,but it's very expensive!
2.Have you ever seen a besutiful sunrise in early mo
Mar 22, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series my children enjoy as much as ivy and bean! My contentious, secular to its core mind was trying to find a hint of subversive Christian proselytizing in this book (as it involves Christian monks) but I think it's clean.
Nov 01, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie end up at an Irish monastery under Viking attack (sanitized, of course). Osborne recreates the drama of the time period and, as always, provides fine illustrations.

Funny and informative.
Jul 23, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
This was one of the weaker Magic Treehouse books. I liked the information about the Irish monks, but the Vikings only made a cameo appearance.
Aug 26, 2014 Seth added it
Shelves: by-myself
Jack and Annie got the story but it wasn't finished yet! Jack and Annie went in a viking ship! Vikings almost got Jack and Annie!
Mar 02, 2016 Nele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannende Geschichte mit für Kinder erstaunlich differenzierter Darstellung der Wikinger und des Mittelalters. Schön!
Christie Tulloch
Jan 30, 2016 Christie Tulloch rated it it was amazing
Viking Ships at Sunrise is another thrilling adventure in the Magic Treehouse series written by Mary Pope Osborne.
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