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A Good Night for Ghosts (Magic Tree House #42)

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Jack and Annie are on their second mission to find—and inspire—artists to bring happiness to millions. After traveling to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come head to head with some real ghosts, as well as discover the world of jazz when they meet a young Louis Armstrong!
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Random House for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
First, I wasn't even supposed to read this judging by its title **points up to the word 'Ghosts'**. I avoided horror things since I was young (thanks to my classmates who pranked me). And since I deeply love MTH and since it's for children, I gave it a try. And I found it exciting. Jack and Annie went to New Orleans, still on their mission to spread happiness around the world. This time it was with Louis Armstrong, the "Dipper" who is the father of Jazz music (I suppose). Ghosts were quite minor ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I loooooved this book! Jack and Annie are on a mission to find Louis Armstrong and convince him to share his gifts with the world. Only it's not so easy! Louis "Dipper" Armstrong thinks he better keep his lucrative job of shoveling coal and give up playing music in the kids' band. After all he's earning 15 cents an hour! Dipper is a really funny character and my kids loved him. This was one of the best in the series so far. I'll take a literary trip to New Orleans anytime!
Feb 06, 2015 Max rated it liked it
A Good Night for Ghost was written by Mary Pope Osborne. It's 109 pages long. It's a fantasy book.

Jack just wanted to sleep but Annie wanted to go on another adventure. So they went to the tree house and Teddy and Kathleen were there. They told them about their mission. They had to help Louis Armstrong find his future. So they went to New Orleans. They didn't know were he was so they asked people and they finally found him. He was hauling coal with a trailer and an ox. o they helped him finish t
Isabel Orama
Jan 31, 2015 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing
This book was about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie.the book that I read was was really good to me because it had adventure,some action parts,and some parts that was funny.Anyway,this story was about a tree house that was magic.It can some how take both of them back in time.their 2 friends named Freddie and Kathleen.Kathleen is a sister of seals.their was some parts that had to include the book and movie of Merlin from the movie "King Arthur".Kathleen and Freddie gave Jack and A ...more
My little guy was right when he said I'd love this one. There are many stories in this series that connected with my heart, but none more so that this tale about Loiis Armstrong. Maybe this will help yet another generations discover this wonderfully talented man and his music, as I've tried to introduce him to my boys. What a heartfelt joy this book is to me.

If you have yet to discover it, my favorite collaboration Louis did was a series of albums with Ella Fitzgerald. They are my number one fa
Oct 30, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
My 5 yr old is becoming a voracious reader and his teacher recommended this series so I picked up a few from the library. My son loves it. Magic and fun and adventure rolled into a chapter book that's easy to read, yet challenging enough that he's not bored. We just started the Pizza Hut book it challenge where he has to read 240 mins a month and then he gets a free personal pan pizza. He's loving it, and already has said these are the books he wants to read for the challenge. Overall a great st ...more
Lacy Lovelace
Dec 30, 2015 Lacy Lovelace rated it really liked it
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Apr 22, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
This Magic Tree House story takes Jack and Annie to New Orleans, LA in 1901. Their Merlin’s Mission in this story is to find a young Louis Armstrong and convince him to share his gift of music with the world. Jack and Annie travel back in time to find “Dipper”, (as Louis was known to his childhood friends) and accompany him to his many jobs throughout his typical day. As night falls they find themselves on a true adventure in this haunted, historic city.

The Magic Tree House adventure series comb
May 28, 2010 Missy rated it it was ok
I thought that it was okay. It seemed like they were trying to teach a history lesson rather than write an interesting book for children. It was my first magic tree house book and I probably wont' read any more. I know a lot of kids really like them but my kids didn't though it did hold my 3 and 5 year old attention but that could have been because I was letting them stay up while I read to them.
Jan 15, 2015 Auggie rated it it was amazing
Picked this up for a Children's Literature class. I'm glad I did!

Very cute and engrossing. Even as an adult reader I enjoyed the quick little adventure, the vivid pictures of a particular time and place, meeting a young Louis Armstrong, and learning a couple of things I didn't know about the King of Jazz.

Children will feel like they're a part of the Magic Treehouse team, and will learn something new while following Jack and Annie as they try to solve a problem. Great lessons to be learned about
Dharia Scarab
Jul 21, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Feb 23, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria
I am so LOVING this series! From dinosaurs to knights, ninjas to ghosts. These books are so much fun!!!! This time, we went back to New Orleans during the birth of jazz. Music surrounds in this story. Louis Armstrong plays his part quite nicely. The rhythm and heart of jazz come out in this exciting installment. =)
It's a MTH book, so that sort of says all that needs to be said. It's a great series for beginning readers, but the books definitely lose their appeal for older readers as you read more and more of them. This was my first selection for this summer's Magic Tree House Club, and I'm regretting that decision now. There are just too many strands tied together in this book, none of which really lends itself to activities and crafts—or at least not the type I am interested in. There's Louis Armstrong a ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Vibhuti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-adventure
The lesson I learnt from this book is never quit something you love.
Casey Brock
Dec 14, 2009 Casey Brock rated it really liked it
Reading level: 2-4
Osborne uses a variety of small pictures throughout the story to break up and add detail to the text. Much like the story, “Horrid Henry,” the illustrations elaborate on more abstract ideas and scenes. The chapters are broken up into about 5-6 pages each, which makes good stopping points and rest points for slower or beginning readers. The text size is pretty standard. There are several characters in the book which means a lot of punctuation and quotation marks. The variety of
Oct 11, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Jack and Annie go on the second of their Merlin missions to help creative people bring their gift to the world. In book 41, they went to 18th century Austria and met a very young Mozart. Now, they visit early 20th century New Orleans--circa 1915--to find 14 year old Louis Armstrong, the King of Jazz.

Jack and Annie find him running a coal cart, delivering coal to homes. They help him with that work, only to find that Dipper, as he is nicknamed, goes on to another job, that of unloading bananas do
Sep 08, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
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Nov 27, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
I listened to this on a road trip...and I stupidly thought it was just one CD...I thought it ended very abruptly then a few days later I found CD 2 and I thrilled.. I liked the history I liked Jack and Annie how they encouraging Louis Armstrong. I am impressed about their shock about Blacks having to sit in the back of the was a foreign concept to it should be!! Now I understand why all the kids come into the library and say "Where are the Jack and Annie books" these kids are ...more
Christopher Salcedo
Aug 13, 2012 Christopher Salcedo rated it really liked it
I like this book because it talks about all different kinds of ghost.I know that because in pg(1) it states, when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1915, they find out that they have arrived on the eve of All Saints Day-the spookiest night of the year! Not only that, their research book filled with ghost stories about all sorts of ghosts that might haunt the city. Another reason I like this book is because it is A MERLIN MISSION book. A MERLIN MISSION book ...more
Patti K
Jun 22, 2012 Patti K rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I don't know if my daughter was getting weary of the Magic Tree House series when we started this book, if she wasn't keen on the subject, or if she was just too enamored with getting books at the school library, but we didn't finish this one before it had to be returned to the library. I figured we'd go back to it at some point.

By the beginning of June, the school library was starting to do their yearly inventory and they stopped sending books home with the kids. After two weeks of no books fro
Jan 19, 2016 RumBelle rated it really liked it
Read this in preparation for a Halloween Program we are doing at the Library. These books are really great ways to introduce young children to historical and scientific concepts, and still keep it fun and engaging. Here Jack and Annie travel to New Orleans Louisiana to find Louie Armstrong and help him realize his dream of becoming a world famous musician. They experience much of what life was like when Louie was a young man, learn about the history of the city and experience Jazz. It is an educ ...more
Cathy Smith
Aug 12, 2015 Cathy Smith rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This is a real cute story, just made for young kids today. It has time travel and history, but all put together for a very interesting story. This one is about a young Louis Armstrong and how they got him to start playing the trumpet so he could become famous. This story includes friends and a storm, and some ghosts! I like how they got out of that one by singing. A really delightful book, and I recommend it to young and old.
Ali Dunn
Jan 24, 2015 Ali Dunn rated it it was amazing
I would love to put this book, along with Osborne's other books in my school library one day! Once I started this book, I could not put it down! The characters are lively and the plot moves at a steady pace with a few spooky surprises along the way. The vocabulary is easy to understand and I love how the author includes illustrations to give her audience visuals too. The resolution does not stray from the theme and by the end of the book, I wanted to go on another adventure with Annie and Jack!
Rhonda K
Sep 16, 2015 Rhonda K rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
This is the first Magic Tree House my 6 y.o. wouldn't finish. Spiders and spider webs on the cover plus mentions of ghosts were enough to engage his fears about these particular things. He isn't afraid of much but once we made it to chapter 7 he made me return this to the library. I finished it for myself first and really enjoyed Jack and Annie's encounters with a young Louis Armstrong.
Jun 23, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it
As with Ms. Osborne's other books in the "Magic Tree House" series, I enjoyed it. In this one, they met Louis Armstrong when he was a teenager in New Orleans. The author created Louis as a pleasant person who worked on look at things positively. I really enjoyed "meeting" him and learning about his background. Again, kudos to Ms. Osborne!
Melissa Namba
Dec 25, 2015 Melissa Namba rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-lucy
This was a fun walk through New Orleans and it offered insight into what childhood might look like for a kid during this time. I like that the chapter names were all Armstrong songs. But I felt like there was more room to go over history and culture. Like why was race only brought up at the very end?
Sep 05, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: my sixth grade teacher at El Sierra School
I have to say "this was one of my favorite magic tree house book in the series". I have been reading magic tree house for a long time since at the ending of elementary school in sixth grade. And it is one of my favorites story of all times. I think it has the most facts out of the series. Mary Pope Osborne is a talented author!
The Magic Tree House Series is wonderful. It appeals to both boys & girls in any age groups. It also stresses cooperation & a bond between siblings. Not only is i
Berkeley Poder
Sep 22, 2016 Berkeley Poder rated it it was amazing
Jack and Annie are going to travel to New Orleans to meet the King of Jazz Louis Armstrong.They have to go to New Orleans to put Louis in the right path.They get a note from Merlin that came with Teddy and Kathleen to the tree house in Frog Crook woods.
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce rated it liked it
Again, I commend Ms. Pope Osborne for "introducing" her readership to "The Great Satchmo" (I think that was one of Louis Armstrong's nicknames) and making him someone "accessible" to young folks.

My one "beef" with this particular installment is that Jack and Annie finally revealed to a historical figure that they were "from the future" if only to assure "Dipper" Armstrong that music was his destiny, was bound to be his legacy, what have you. (It seemed like an easy last resort, if you will, so t
Mar 23, 2014 Marlee rated it it was amazing
We really enjoyed this book in the series. It was especially neat that the chapter titles were all also songs. The book has facts and even activities after the story. The story itself is quick, fun, and funny. Fans of Jack and Annie will surely enjoy this story.
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