A Good Night for Ghosts (Magic Tree House, #42)
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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! "From the Hardcover edition."
ebook, 68 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Random House Books 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
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!
Isabel Orama
This book was about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie.the book that I read was #42.it 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...more
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
Alyssa Prater
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...more
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.
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. =)
The lesson I learnt from this book is never quit something you love.
Casey Brock
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...more
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...more
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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 bus...it was a foreign concept to them...as 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
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 Korbet
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...more
Sep 05, 2012 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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...more
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.
Although I'm sure the literary quality of the Magic Tree House Series is debatable, my kids love these books. When my daughter first started reading, the predictability of them acted as a vital support to her independent reading. I think that the books later in the series are significantly better than the early ones. A Good Night for Ghosts is set in the early 1900s in New Orleans. It provides an introduction to Jazz and has a fourteen-year-old Louis Armstrong as a main character. I read it out...more
Norberto Leyva
The Magic Tree House Series #42

Jack and Annie find a magic tree house in the woods in Pennsylvania, and the tree house takes them anywhere they tell it to. In this book they travel back in time to New Orleans. During the 1915 They go there because Louis Armstrong is too nice to people and they need him to concentrate on playing his trumpet so he can become famous. They arrive on All Saints Day and there are ghosts that are scaring people. Jack and Annie they try to convince Armstrong to play his...more
Ms. B
New Orleans, a teenage Louis Armstrong, and ghosts are just a few of the topics covered in this Merlin Mission. This book was a page turner and much better than the last Magic Tree House book I read (years ago). Can Jack and Annie convince young Louis to stop working to earn money for his family and spend more time on his musical talents? The Merlin Missions which start with #29, Christmas in Camelot are much more enjoyable than the original Magic Tree House books. This series has come a long wa...more
Nathaniel Mckenzie
I liked it. If I hadn't read Who Was Louis Armstrong I would have only rated it 2 because I wouldn't have got it.
I love these books but it's so hard to believe reading them now that they used to be challenging for me haha :)
Kevin Smith
It was very good and interesting at the same time but I was not very fond of the ghost part.
I really liked this book because it opened up a discussion about racism. I like to see my kids be curious about history and the way things were and how they have evolved.
Caleb Mckenzie
I Liked a good night for ghosts

In this series, there are two kids named Jack and Annie who have a magic tree house and can go back in time to different places. In this book, they went back in time to find the King of Jazz. They met a boy named Dipper and went into a shack. They lit a match, but the match went out so the lit lanterns -- that's what you see on the cover. Then they saw a ghost and played music to a bunch of ghosts to keep them away. Then they went back home. They never found the King of Jazz. (Sam)

Reese also rea...more
Mr. Steve
This is just what you'd expect from a Magic Tree House book, just done a little better than usual. I really enjoy the Merlin Mission and it's neat what Osborne does with Louis Armstrong in this book. The title is a little misleading, considering that what Jack and Annie really have to do is get Louis Armstrong as a teen to realize that music is his future. However, there is a ghost scene which is done rather well and is ultimately very important to the story.

Great family read aloud as they all a...more
Jack and his little sister Annie are two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania... until they discover a mysterious tree house full of all sorts of books. From that point on their lives will never be the same again! They soon go on amazing adventures (plus children are learning bits of history and most don't realize it) as they travel through time with the help of the magic tree house. The chapters are short with pictures every few pages, making these books perfect for the beginning reader.
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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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