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Civil War on Sunday (Magic Tree House #21)

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Cannon fire!

That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Random House for Young Readers (first published May 1st 2000)
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Anna
Starting with this book, Jack and Annie embark on a new series of missions for Morgan le Fay. She tells them that Camelot is in trouble and she needs their help. They must find four special kinds of writing for her library.

1. Something to follow
2. Something to send
3. Something to learn
4. Something to lend

The children travel back in time to the War Between the States, or the Civil War. There they help nurse wounded soldiers and meet Clara Barton, a pioneering nurse who later founded the American
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Nolan
awesome book!!!
Cathy
It frequently amazes me how much emotion Mary Pope Osborne is able to convey in such few words. This book made me, almost 40 year-old me, cry. Twice. Of course, part of that is imagining how "my" little guy (almost 8) felt when he read it, but only part. Annie's big heart once again leads her and Jack into a situation that older and "wiser" heads would avoid. Jack, while originally somewhat excited to see something having to do with war, soon learns that war isn't a game. He is at first very shy ...more
Michelle
This story is about the magic tree house. And his book's main characters are two. They are son and daughter one day they found one marvelous tall tree. And when they went into there and said " I wish to go ~~~~~~~" Then the magic tree house sent them in to that place.

And that time they wished to go civil war. In there they helped nurse they gave a foods or drinks to patients. And they met one woman who was delivering patients no matter what the patient's side was. And their most interesting per
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Elaine
Really liked how they encountered many different people who were involved in the Civil war-nurses, soldiers (on both sides), drummer boy, an African American fighting for the union. I think this was the first time my kids heard about the Civil War, and it did a good job of explaining it. I also liked how it taught Jack that war is not a game, and it's not all glorious like how kids like to pretend war is-that there's suffering and sacrifice, and boys/men torn from their families. I also liked th ...more
Don
Clara Barton and Civil War field hospital. Vocabulary words - "knapsack" and "prologue."
Alyssa
Civil War on Sunday is the 21st book in the Magic Treehouse series that tells the story of Jack and Annie's mission to find a special writing. Jack and Annie had to find a writing of "Something to follow" in order to help their magical librarian friend, Morgan. The kids use the magic treehouse that appears in the woods to travel back in time. This time, they traveled back to the Civil War where they met Clara Barton and helped injured soldiers in a field hospital.

Mary Pope Osborne does a great
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Felicia Fisher
Twin Text Non-fiction entry #1

I paired the book "Civil war on Sunday" with the non-fiction book "The Confederate States of America". I paired these two books together because in the fiction book, Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series, travel back to the time of the civil war, and they get to experience what the war was like. They meet a wonderful nurse named Clara Barton, and help take care of the wounded soldiers.

I thought these two books went well together because when children are r
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Heather
My generic review for the Magic Tree House books -

We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own.

It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's not obvious and my boys haven't noticed. They think Jack is just as cool as his sister.
Catey Steele
Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne is the 21st book in the Magic Treehouse series. This particular book is about two siblings go on adventures back in time. Annie made this decision that she was going to go back and aid the wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and Jack decides to follow. While helping out the soldiers, Jack and Annie find out some very important information about how the mid 1800's were for African-Americans, and more specifically African-American soldiers. Nursing, beca ...more
William Guymon
This is a great book because of it history in side of the book. This told me a bit more about the civil war. It was most instating when they meet their great-great-great-grandfather who was the drummer boy. He would not give up the fight even with him havering a heatstroke. Hopefully Camelot is saved.
Caleb Mckenzie
I liked Civil War on Sunday. It was about Jack and Annie and how they went back into time. When they came back Jack asked, "Did we have anybody in the Civil War?" And he said yes and he was a drummer boy. Then Jack asked what was his name? And his father said, "John."
Jhernandez
This is about jack and anny going to the U.S.A. civil war.It is cool because jack and anny are helping the nurses to heal and give food to other people.It is also cool because jack and anny go through the time.They saved a man live in the war, and they helped alot.
Twyla
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Kasey
Civil War On Sunday is a fun and interesting read from the Magic Tree House series. This book in particular tells the story of when the two main characters, Annie and Peter, get swept away from the magic tree house and land in the middle of the Civil War. Along the way they meet a famous nurse and help nurse wounded soldiers back to health.
The Magic Tree House series is a fictional series for young readers who are just beginning to read chapter books on their own. This book in particular teach
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Jeffrey
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Sam
Traveling back in time from the rumbling thunderstorms of present-day Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, to the booming of Civil War cannonballs near Richmond, Virginia, Jack and Annie set out on their 21st Magic Tree House adventure. The mysterious Morgan le Fay, magical librarian of Camelot, the long-ago kingdom of King Arthur, has left the brother and sister a message in their magic tree house, asking for their help saving Camelot. "Please find these four special kinds of writing for my library: Somet ...more
Isabel Orama
This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. This time morgan Le Fay gave them a mission to go to the civil war. When Annie (Jacks little sister) woke up Jack woke up to. It was drizzling outside until Jack and Annie heard a voice. It was their mom. She asked them where they were going and they both told her to go out to play. She told them when it rains hurry inside. They both ran out to the tree house but no one was there. Then Annie saw a note or paper on the wooden floor. An ...more
Bethany
So this time, Jack and Annie visit the magic tree house and open up a book on the Civil War. I now understand that there is, threaded through the books, a story about Morgan LeFay, the magical librarian of Camelot, and Jack & Annie help her in various ways through their time traveling. Now, she needs them to collect different types of writing, and the first time is "Something to follow."

Fortunately, Jack & Annie wind up at a field hospital run by none other than Clara Barton, and one of
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Sarah Sammis
In Civil War on Sunday, Jack and Annie travel back to the American Civil War to help King Arthur. Camelot is in trouble and he needs four special forms of writing to help save the kingdom. The first one is "something to follow."

While back in time they meet Clara Barton, serve lunch to the soldiers and help in the hospital tent. They learn the harsh truth about the battle field and find their own bravery along the way.

Like Ghost Town at Sundown, there's an element of time travel in Civil War on S
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Jerome
A more compelling and captivating Tree House tale, all the more interesting since Jack and Annie are more involved in the setting. Jack and Annie end up on a Civil War battlefield, improbably survive, and meet Clara Barton. They also encounter a drummer boy who they later find out is a relative. Jack is also stripped of some illusions about war.
Marc Lucke

Much like Tonight on the Titanic, this entry in the series struggles to address real-world tragedy in the context of a book aimed at grade-schoolers. Tricky.


Osborne wisely avoids any analysis of the war's causes and simply presents its awful consequences: chaos, terror, pain, suffering, loss and finally numbness. It's all done in very broad strokes and the text keeps the reader at a safe distance from the carnage, but it's made clear that the netire experience has a profound impact on the two pr

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Stephanie Kahn
Jack and Annie are once again transported to the past by their magic tree house in Mary Pope Osborne's novel, Civil War on Sunday. This time, they hear cannon fire when they arrive on a battlefield in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. Their mission is to find a special kind of writing that the magical librarian, Morgan le Fay, can use to save Camelot. While in the past, they volunteer to be nurses and learn from the legendary Clara Barton about how to overcome fear and put others’ needs b ...more
Dolly
May 16, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a book about the Civil War, full of sadness, pain, and sorrow for those who were injured or lost their lives during the war. It was a book of hope, too, where Annie and Jack not only meet Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, but they meet several others, one of whom was very important in their own history.

It was tastefully done and although the subject matter is very serious, it is appropriate for older children and is a great jumping off point for a discussion about sla
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Tara Frye
I remember I read this book in elementary school. Where they both ended up in the civil war. I think it really showed what it was like in the civil war. I loved how they always had such interesting stories. It would never bore me
Julie
These books never cease to amazing me. The level of background knowledge on the Civil War really made this book believable and helpful to the readers. I enjoyed the connection the main characters made to the writing of a note by a nurse. What I really loved is how that note applied to not only the Civil War but anything in life. I think it is important for children to follow the following note of: Be cheerful, Lessen sorrow and give hope, Be brave, Put aside your own feelings, and Don’t give up. ...more
Jill
We listened to this as an audio book in the vehicle as part of our home schooling. Would be great for a child interesting in nursing, war, history, music, or adventure stories.
Mara
-2nd-4th grade
-early chapter book
-Jack and Annie travel to the Civil War era
-are put in the position of what it was like, which can be good for students
Jonathan Asif
My favorite part in the book is when Jack talks to a slave who ran away from his owner. The slave told the union army that the confederate army was attacking. A famous lady named Clara Barton cured civil war soldiers who were wounded or sick. There was a drummer boy name John who was very sick and he was found by Clara Barton. He was put in the back of the cart. Then he laid down on a stack of cloth. When Jack and Annie got home, they asked the Dad and Mom "Do you have any family in the civil wa ...more
Seth
There was a drummer boy named Jon. The North and the South were fighting. Jack and Annie helped save Jon.
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