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High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House #28)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,132 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
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Mary Pope Osborne's adventure-loving kids say "aloha" to Hawaii in the 28th installment of the Magic Tree House series.

After Jack and Annie are instructed by Morgan to "find a special magic" by building "a special kind of ship," they're off for some magical merriment with native Hawaiians. The kids meet up with two other youngsters, Kama and Bo

ebook, 47 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House Children's Books (first published 2003)
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Despite the author's claim to have been reading about Hawaii before writing this book, the place she describes in the story is hardly Hawaiian.
Isabel Orama
Jun 20, 2013 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I red Tuesday evening was number 28 of the magic tree house . It was a brother and sister named jack and Annie. This adventure was to go to Hawaii. Jack and Annie hopped out of bed and got ready to go to the magic tree house. After that they found a letter in a book. It told them were they had to go and the letter told them what they needed to find.

When Annie wished to go there the tree house spun faster and faster until the tree house stopped. They were in Hawaii! Annie exclaimed. The
Sarah Sammis
Sean stopped reading the series with Thanksgiving on a Thursday but we had the next book checked out as well. I read High Tide in Hawaii on my own because I hate to return library books unread.

In High Tide in Hawaii Jack and Annie travel to Hawaii to either an island or a time when the Hawaiians are still living by traditional means. While there they learn how to surf and how to hula. They also survive a tsunami and save the villagers.

As it happened, I read the book right around the same time I
Junming Guan
This book is okay, I liked that throughout this book bits of information relate back to the story. Overall, this book is a okay like most of the other Magic Tree House books I read.

The next book in the series is: Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, #29) by Mary Pope Osborne
The previous book in the series was: Magic Tree House #27 Thanksgiving on Thursday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Mary Pope Osborne
Jonathan De Alba
So far so good.Finished the ws kinda scary twards the end but like in all magic tree house books the lived happly ever affter.
Erika Gentry
3.5...better than the first one I read-Dinosaurs Before Dark. Wanted to read one more to get a better sense of this series. Mary Pope Osborne really created a great idea of a magic tree house as a time machine-making a fictional series so informative. Love how she organized every group of 4 books with a common quest, added additional information at the end, and included children's and teachers' feedback about her books in the front. This book was a gift to my daughter from her teacher. Story set ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Rubi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I learn something new from the MTH. I never knew hula was a way of telling stories for Hawaiians. Or that surfing came from Polynsians (hope I spelled that right). In this story, Jack and Annie learn this and a lot more. They ate natural fruit and learned about Tsunamis and that back in the days, Hawaiians had no written word so they could not read. Osborne makes Hawaii seem like a Paradise formed from natures wonders. It's incredible the kind of close knit culture developed in Hawai ...more
Rick Silva
May 22, 2016 Rick Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping ahead in the Magic Treehouse series, with a book that I picked up at a school rummage sale. I read this one aloud to the Kiddo (age 7), who has read and enjoyed a couple of other books on the subject of Hawaii.

Jack and Annie are on a quest to become wizards of "Everyday Magic", solving a series of puzzles in different times and places. Here, they journey to ancient Hawaii, with a clue about "building a ship". They meet a brother and sister their age and are welcomed by the locals. They e
Mar 30, 2014 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think High Tide in Hawaii was one of the better Magic Tree House books, but it was still engaging. Jack and Annie go to Hawaii and experience a tsunami, and tell the tale with the hula, which I thought was a neat way to tell young readers about tsunamis and hulas. This older reader even learned more about how the hula tells stories.

This book teaches a nice lesson about friendship, that friendship is like riding waves: Some are high and rough, some are low and gentle. The magic of friends
Sep 24, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will always love this book. I saw it at my school's book fair in first grade and thought it was a picture book. I liked the bright colors and surfing kids, so I had my mom buy it for me along with another Magic Tree House: Dolphins at Daybreak, which my parents helped me read. Then I moved on to High Tide in Hawaii. Sixty pages. Ten chapters with a picture on each beginning page. It took me an entire week of reading by lamplight. Some of the words were hard. It took me a long time to figure ou ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I'm reviewing the final book of the original Magic Tree House Series! From now on, it's only MM (Merlin Missions) ahead! I fear what will be in store for me, what wil happen to everything else I know? That Jack and Annie knows?

I love that there is a tsunami in this book, but it was written as to sound like only a big wave. No buildings were wiped out and nothing super tragic happened.

Jack was a bit mean because he couldn't surf right away and quit after falling just once, but what a fall it
Apr 05, 2013 BlackhamBoys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 1st grader read this yesterday. He's been reading a Magic Treehouse book a day lately. I wanted to make sure he was actually reading and understanding, so I gave this a quick read too. I've read the first few, then jumped to here, so I wasn't aware of Morgan, or the search for "magic" going on later in the series. He and I "discussed" the book and I'm happy to report I think he's doing great on his comprehension!

SUMMARY: The book addresses how Hawaii was formed (by a Volcano), with birds and
Feb 19, 2013 Lessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hawaiian-kidlit
In this edition of The Magic Tree House Series, Jack and Annie are transported to Ancient Hawaii to build a special kind of ship. When they get there, there is a large party going on and the Hawaiians were dancing about Pele. Jack and Annie make friends with two kids in the village, Boka and Kama, who teach them to surf after a breakfast of bananas and coconut milk drawn from trees between the beach and the village. While surfing, an earthquake happens and a tsunami follows. Jack saves Annie and ...more
Cathy Cramer
My eight-year-old and I listened to this story on CD in the car during a day of running errands, and it really helped to pass the time between stops. It was interesting and told well, giving a Hawaiian cultural experience as well as some science about tsunamis. The only part I don't get is how the evil sorcerer Morgan Le Faye (Merlin's enemy from Camelot stories) ends up teaching "good" magic to some kids. We haven't read or listened to enough of those stories to understand that yet.
Mar 12, 2015 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Annie end up in Hawaii and experience the thrills and terrors of the ocean there. Their attempts to learn how to surf are a mixed success, although they still learn of such things as hula dances and tidal waves---although one of the Hawaiians has a “B” in his name, a young girl gathers food, a boy makes kapa, and the family makes poi with fruit juice---none of which is accurate.

There is not much of a plot, though, and it takes quite a while for anything to really happen.
Mar 15, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-owen
Owen says: 3 stars. I liked it because you learn about tsunamis in this book. I liked how they learned how to surf. I liked it when the tsunami came. A tsunami is a big wave. I didn't like it when Jack and Annie did the hula because it was boring.

Rob says: 2 stars. Maybe I'm just used to these books being more exciting, but High Time on Hawaii read like somebody's mildly interesting slideshow. The tsunami was pretty cool, but this was a pretty uneventful way to end this grouping of books.
Oct 22, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The last of the missions to find special magic. Jack and Annie go to Hawaii of long ago with this rhyme:

"To find a special magic, build a special kind of ship
that rides the waves, both high and low, on every kind of trip."

They meet Hawaiian natives who invite them to eat with them and sleep over in their hut. Two children, Kama and Boka, take Jack and Annie surfing the next day. Jack has a hard time with surfing and gets frustrated and angry.

But, Jack saves everyone when he feels an earthquake r
Mar 13, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
We started this book about 6 months ago.... halfway through Hannah didn't want to read it anymore, she said she didn't want to read any more Magic Tree House books anymore. The first half of this book was very slow and... dare I say, "boring"?, so I didn't blame her for wanting to stop. We didn't read the second half and I returned the book to the library. Just last week, Hannah came home with the book from her school library. We read the second half which was MUCH better than the first half and ...more
Marjorie Estavillo
Magic Tree House book #28, High Tide in Hawaii, is my ultimate favorite book from the series. When I was in third grade my teacher would read us one book each week. The only series of books the class could agree on was the Magic Tree House series. Once my teacher started reading she would have everyones complete attention. When she first read High Tide in Hawaii I was blown away by the story. I absolutely loved the adventure and setting on this particular book. Once the teacher finished reading ...more
Avery Harcum
Jun 25, 2016 Avery Harcum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Annie were going on a trip to Hawaii in the Magic tree house.Wwhen they were there Jack found a book in Hawaii. Jack was looking in the book and when he looked up and he did not see Annie. At the end of the book they learn about friendship. the end

Since number 28 is the latest Jack and Annie book we've read, I may as well post it, but this review applies to all of them. I began reading them to my 4- and 2-year-old and at first I didn't like these books. They are simply written and often simplistic. (I realize they are for young readers, so if my children were reading them on their own, this would be a different review.) That said, 28 books later, I have found that they've grown on me. Three things I like about them: 1) they give a good gl ...more
Jul 02, 2012 pdarnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-kids
It isn't deep reading by any toss of the coin, but I enjoyed this story. Went over to my nephews for dinner and while waiting I asked his 7 year old son "I need something to read, what would you suggest?" He offered up this book. So, I was taken on a ridiculously fun ride! I had never read any of these books but had seen and heard of them. This particular story takes me to old Hawaii and I learn about the hula, friendship, tsunami's, surfing and the everyday magic of each. At the end of the book ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a adventure in the magic tree house series as Jack and Annie go to Hawaii to solve
a riddle that Morgan gave them and on the way they make friends with a little girl and a Little boy
Dec 08, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-2014
This book was a little less interesting than some of the other Magic Tree House books in my opinion. However there was a good moral to it. The magic of family and friends.
This book was about Jack and Annie's adventurer to old Hawaii and everything was going good then Annie though somthing was weird then a big tide wave was coming
Edward Creter
OODEELALA-LEI!Jack and Annie are off to Hawaii to hang with sashaying locals. Like Nero they choose to fiddle around while (the horror!!!) a tsunami threatens everything! Didn't anyone learn from Noah's Ark? Ignorance is truly bliss.
Jun 20, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Science Fiction and Fantasy. Grade level 1-5 and published in 2003. Part of the Magic Treehouse seres, Jack and Annie travel to Hawaii thinking that Morgan LaFaye wants them to build a ship. They meet children and learn how to surf and have a great time, but then a tsunami is headed their way and they run to the highest point that they can reach. They realize that what they built was friendship! Themes are relationships in other cultures, between brother and sisters and magic. Students could beg ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because its setting was in Hawaii and I've been to Hawaii. My favorite character was Kama because she is kind.

Will B.
(8 Years Old)
So many people I know have kids who've loved the Magic Tree House books. We read a few chapters of this one, but Moira really didn't like it. To the point where she decided it was MY book, and bought me another one in this series when she was at the thrift store with my Dad. She still, almost a year later, won't pick one up. I can't say I'm unhappy about that because I really didn't like the little bit of this we did read.
Tara Frye
Jan 28, 2015 Tara Frye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. I always wanted to go to Hawaii so when they went there it was amazing. I think it's really worth reading.
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