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A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House #44)

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

Jack and Annie’s mission from Merlin the Magician? To help the famous writer Charles Dickens! In a magical whirl, the brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London.

There, Jack and Annie discover that Charle
Hardcover, 113 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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They meet Dickens! I love being able to share this story with my son! My 6 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. Many of these are educational as well, focusing on a particular point in history such as a president's reign, or a location, like Ireland in this one, which goes really we ...more
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This a good book to read. The simple plot is amazing and so are the ideas. It is also cool for I read this at December 24 in my time. :) I'm really hyped up on the Christmas Holidays! I might read A Christmas Carol soon. :)

Plot Summary:

Jack and Annie are back for another mission for Merlin- to bring happiness to others by helping four creative people give their special gifts to the world. They already helped three people- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Moonlight on the Magic Flute, Louis Armstron
Kristin Pierce
These are for younger readers but the cover is gorgeous! I loved the book and would recommend it to early readers. My children have loved the series. I just may read some more!
This is the fourth of a particular set of missions of Jack and Annie which introduce them to famous creative people in history. These are a continuation of the Treehouse series aimed at the middle grade elementary reader. They are very readable, and although fairly shallow, the do introduce of lot of history, science, societies, and historical figures. Don't forget the Research Guides that accompany many of the regular volumes in the series.

Here in A Ghost Tale, Jack and Annie meet Charles Dicke
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time was written by Mary Pope Osborne. It’s 111 pages long. It’s a fantasy book.

Jack and Annie went up to their tree house because they knew they had another mission. They have to go to London and teach Charles Dickens his gift to the world. When they arrived Annie had to pretend to be a boy so she had comfortable cloths. They asked around to where Mr. Dickens house was then they found it. They pretended to be chimney sweeps so they can get inside. When they got inside
This was a fun episode in the Magic Tree House series. A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite holiday stories and in this story Jack and Annie help Charles Dickens create the plot. I love how Osborne described the contrast between rich and poor in Victorian England. I wish she would have had time to go even more in depth, but it was written for the short attention span of children. The best part of the story, in my opinion, was when Jack and Annie were shown the power an author has to help chan ...more
Jenn M
I'm a big fan of Charles Dickens, and this Magic Tree House episode takes Jack and Annie back to Victorian England and the times of Charles Dickens. This book is one of the four stories where Jack and Annie have been challenged to help four artists to "share their hearts with the world." (The three books prior to this one contain the stories of the other three artists: Mozart, , and .)

I liked this story because it makes readers aware of the plight of the poor, working-class in England at the beg
Ms. Yingling
Jack and Annie get sent to Victorian London to help Charles Dickens, in the same way that they helped Mozart, Louis Armstrong, and Lady August Gregory (who collected Irish legends). Unless they help, he won't write his most enduring work, A Christmas Carol. Disguising themselves as well-to-do boys, they try to get an audience with Dickens, but are sent away. They trade clothes with chimney sweeps and get into Dickens house. They follow him out into the town and are accused of a crime because the ...more
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time is #44 in the Magic Tree House series. In this story, Jack and Annie are on a Merlin Mission back to help Charles Dickens give his special gift to the world. They are transported by to Victorian England. When they arrive, they are dressed as two young gentlemen (Annie did not want to wear a hoopskirt again). To get into Charles Dickens house they must trade outfits with chimney sweeps. They soon see how different life is for the poor opposed to the rich. After Mr. ...more
This book was a lot of fun to read, I'm really glad to have read it. Jack and Annie's adventure is exciting as always, and even had some surprises!

What I really loved about the story was how they met Charles Dickens, and that Jack PLAYED A MAGIC VIOLIN. A MAGIC. VIOLIN. ADSJFBHKJDSFHDSJFHDSAHSKADBHS///////////// *dies* (No spoilers there.)

There's also a lot good morals to learn from this book, like doing what is right, be kind to others who are less fortunate than you, not judge people by how th
***before we read the book*** I was looking for a christmas themed beginning reader to try to get my son a little more interested in books. He has autism and likes reading, but he always chooses picture books with very few words, and part of this is the autism and part of this is that he is comfortable reading those types of books because they are in his comfort zone. I picked this book up along with the companion, hoping we can expand his horizons.

***after we read the book*** We and when i say
Dec 29, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We haven't read a Magic Tree House story for awhile now. We'd read the entire series and were waiting for this Christmas story to arrive. I bought it a few months ago, but it was a Christmas present for our girls, so I had to wait, too.

We fell right back into the series, as easily as if we'd never left. The characters, plot line and settings were like old friends. We delved into this story and enjoyed it immensely. I found it to be ironic that in another book I'm reading, the character (a write
I read this book aloud to my children, ages 10 and 7, and they both enjoyed it. I liked that there were facts and even activities suggested after the story itself. For an adult, these books can sometimes be a little dull. However, sharing them with children, they are a lot of fun. Jack and Annie are great children to read about, and each book opens up new opportunities for learning and exploring.
I thought is was okay. I read A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time. The author is Mary Pope Osborne. It is a realistic fiction. it has 110 pages. The two main characters are Jack and Annie. It is in England.The theme of this book is to help charles start writing books again. When they helped charles. When they made ghosts to make charles write books again. I liked the book a lot and I think you should read it too!
I liked the part when the 3 ghosts came because they told Charles Dickens his past, present and future.

I also like the characters. They were interesting to read

I like going on an adventure with Jack and Annie.

I would recommend this to people that like learning and adventures.
Mrs.Hill Hill
Recommended by my daughter who knows I teach A Christmas Carol every year- well worth the quick read as Osborne aptly adds in details from Dickens' life as his motivation for writing. Take care of yourself. Take care of this place. Take care of each other.
The kids are into this series right now, decided to read it. Pretty good. Clever story about how they inspire Dickens to write A Christmas Carol. Joshua was most excited about how the action takes place near Regent's Park.
It was interesting. They were trying to get Charles Dickens to write more books. They remembered a certain book "A Christmas Carol" and then they used the same trick on Charles Dickens to get him to write more books.
Charles Dickens wrote a Christmas carol! Jack and Annie's mission was to help Charles give gifts to the world. Jack and Annie acomplished there mission.
This time Jack and Annie had to help Charles dickens give his gifts to the world. A girl named mischa 6 yr old.
I picked this title up for my collection of Christmas books as The Magic Treehouse books are always so popular with the students I work with and I had yet to read one. This book follows the familiar Magic Treehouse formula of the main characters traveling to a place (and time) adding a little made up adventure with a little history. This time Annie and Jack traveled to London to help Charles Dickens in a way that helps inspire him to write A Christmas Carol. It was a quick read, cute, and I like ...more
This is a book about Charles Dickens, and "A Christmas Carol," the book that came out in 1843.
Patti Korbet
As it is with most of the Magic Treehouse books, we learned a bit of history and other lessons along the way. I tend to get weepy when I read these stories to my kids and now my daughter notices. If you were moved by A Christmas Carol, you'll love this mission. I'm glad we took a little Jack and Annie break. It gave Mary Pope Osborne time to write more stories. Now we've got several more to read, whereas last year, we were nearly done with the series. It's been a great ride in the treehouse and ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Emily added it
nice way to revisit Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
JJ Burroughs
I like this book because it has slimy green frogs. My sisters like reading your books and are on Book 30. I like reading them now too.I enjoy to read your books.Do you like to write books?
Bhavi  Kanugo
it is utterly amazing!!!!
The Magic Tree House books are a MUST READ collection for all children. Unlike many other series for young readers, the Magic Tree House should be read in chronological order to best appreciate Jack and Annie's travels through time as they go on various missions; which are typically completed in four parts. Parents and educators will enjoy going along for the ride as much as their students! My daughter is a teenager now but she still gets excited when she sees a new tree house adventure has come ...more
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“Oh, man," said Jack. "Everyone was nice to us when we looked rich. Now it feels like the whole world's against us.” 12 likes
“Charles is going to be fine," said Annie.
"Yep," said Jack with a smile. "He never even knew that it was us who helped him."
"That's the best way to help someone, I think," said Annie.
"Why?" asked Jack.
"Then you know you're not helping them just to get a lot of credit," said Annie. "You're helping because it's the right thing to do.”
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