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Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House #29)

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The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House for Young Readers (first published October 23rd 2001)
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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
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This is one of my favorites! No wonder it was made into a stage play!
Rebecca L. Snowe
Dec 11, 2015 Rebecca L. Snowe rated it really liked it
Cute, cute, cute!
Dec 19, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
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
Brandon Loehrke
Mar 18, 2014 Brandon Loehrke rated it liked it
“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
Jun 02, 2010 Queen Susan the Gentle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-tree-house
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
Oct 12, 2011 Simon rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2015 Kiddo rated it really liked it
Listening to lots of this series. This is the first in the more mature Merlin Missions.
Aug 21, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
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
Jul 31, 2016 Lanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents with young kids
"Christmas in Camelot" is the 29th installment in the popular children's series "the magic treehouse" it is also the start of the sub series, "a Merlin mission". Which is, of course, a continuation of jack and Annie's "magic treehouse" adventures, but with slightly longer stories (more than ten short chapters) and intended for a just slightly older reader.

I guess the author realized her audience was starting to get older & wanted to allow for that. ;)

It's actually a good thing, cause after
Gwen Martin
Nov 24, 2014 Gwen Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: popular-series
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
Sep 04, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 24, 2010 Kati rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
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?
Jun 13, 2015 Sirine rated it really liked it
Shelves: année-2015
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
Abigail Pittman
Oct 21, 2015 Abigail Pittman rated it it was amazing
I'm doing a book critique on Magic tree house series by Mary pope Osborne. I'm doing a book critique on this series because I loved how Anne and jack (they are sister and brother) could travel back in time or just to places around the world. Now let's talk about the characters who are in the story, first there's jack the older brother who is sometimes afraid to take risks but can be a smart cookie. Then there's Anne the younger sister who is willing to take some risks and is curious to know abo ...more
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
Apr 16, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
My nephew is in love with this series, and I am in love too.

I am so impressed with the way Mary Pope Osborne weaves fantasy, folklore, Arthurian legend all together. I would love to see her bookshelves. She must be quite an avid reader. With each new chapter I was wowed by her story telling. She really ropes ya in with her quick manner and lively imagination.

I think that Annie is my favorite. She's always so smart and brave. My nephew would chime in that Jack is smart too because he loves knowl
Jul 21, 2015 Rubi rated it it was ok
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
Susanna Fenimore
Mar 24, 2016 Susanna Fenimore rated it it was amazing
Christmas in Camelot is a wondrous tale that follow brother and sister, Jack and Annie as they fly to Camelot at Christmas in search of three specific gifts. The two are working against the clock to stop evil wizard Mordred from making Camelot disappear forever. Mary Pope Osborne puts her talent to work in this book making it a quick easy read for any young reader. She challenges the reader with twists and turns, but also throws education into her story as well. A good read for a child that is i ...more
Ashley Lahr
This is book 29 of the magic tree house series. It is about Jack and Annie who get to go on another exciting mission. They get in their treehouse which transport them to Camelot. Jack and Annie were surprised to find out that their adventure to Camelot was not going to be as fun and easy as they thought. They will have to save Camelot! But not without encountering some interesting creatures. In the end they are able to save Camelot and it turns out just how Jack had imagined. People were singing ...more
Dominic Onate
Mar 05, 2015 Dominic Onate rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 17, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. Jack and Annie go on a quest to save Camelot, a quest that will prove to a beleaguered King Arthur that children a ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, christmas
You can read this review and others on my blog at

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
Maya Orama
Jan 19, 2015 Maya Orama rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2012 Kristofer rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2011 Patti K rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
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
Dec 14, 2009 SarahC rated it it was ok
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
Marc Lucke
Jun 05, 2016 Marc Lucke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

I've been looking forward to reading Christmas in Camelot for a while, as it marks the first book in the new iteration of the long-running series. After 28 entries aimed at 5-to-8-year-olds, #29 was supposed to add a soupçon of pre-adolescent maturity to the mix; I was curious to see what the results would be.

As with any successful franchise, change comes slowly. CiC plays out along the same formulaic lines as the other entries in the series, though the story is longer -- allowing for more intro

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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.” 1 likes
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