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Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,636 Ratings  ·  269 Reviews
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Who wants to vacation next to a volcano?

Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack a
Paperback, 74 pages
Published March 24th 1998 by Random House Children's Books
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Isabel Orama
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie.They went on a adventure to roam or ancient Times when people believed in "Hercules".their family was taking a vacation.Annie had a nightmare with balls of fire and a volcano erupting,but Jack and Annie does not know that I is going to happen in Roam.

Jack and Annie was walking to Frog Creek woods to see. Morgan Le Fay.She is a magic Librarian.she gave Jack and Annie a mission to go to Roam.Morgan Le Fay gave them a mission to go to to
Bailey Marissa
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie go back in time to Pompeii to rescue an old book for Merlin/Morgen Le Fay.
Ashley Li
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Vacation Under the Volcano Review

This book taught me a lot of knowledge about Roman Empire. For example, it taught me Pompeii was forgotten after it was buried in ash and pumice, and the language of the ancient Romans was called Latin. Also this book taught me something about myths. Hercules was a Roman hero from the Greek myths. After the Romans conquered ancient Greece, they adopted many of Greece’s heroes and gods and goddesses. Hercules was one of them.


Jack and Annie
Maya Orama
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a brother and sister named Annie and jack. They are going on another adventure to Rome. Morgan lee fe told them to go to Rome to find an ancient scroll. So, jack and Annie search Rome for the scoll. Jack and Annie get in trouble by the guards in Rome. Then, they bump into a old lady that helps them look for the scroll. At first, the old lady took them to a safe place so the guards couldn't find was hard looking for the scroll even if the old lady told them where to fin ...more
Norberto Leyva
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie are back for another adventure, but this time they are going back to ancient Rome about 2,000 years ago. Morgan le Fay, told them to go back to retrieve a scroll for her. They go to Pompeii to save this scroll before the volcano explodes. Jack and Annie don’t realize when or where they are until a witch mentions something pertaining to what we know to be a historic day. Jack and Annie have another close call, making it back to the tree house just in time with the scroll.

I would r
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I like this series for my 6-yr-old, but this adventure was pretty weak.
Again, I appreciate the historical accuracy here. The togas and sandals for Jack and Annie were accurate, as were the descriptions of the shops on the streets and the baths. This might be a very fun way for my students, who have just spent a few months learning about ancient Rome, to get a more first-hand view of it.

The one thing I noticed that wasn't QUITE accurate (and even my students should be able to recognize this, so I'm not worried about leaving this in the classroom library to read) was
A.J. Llewellyn
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
I was surprised how entertaining and well researched this was. I learned things I never knew about Pompeii - yes I know it's a kid's book but my niece gave this to me as a gift. She bought it at a yard sale and thought it was about a Hawaiian volcano (she knows me too well) but I found the story really well written. I didn't know that Pompeii's volcanic eruption involved magma - volcanic rocks, different from the flowing lava in the islands - and the the moment the ancient city is covered, destr ...more
This is a great chapter book for kids to read that really engages them in learning about the subject the book is on. This book is one of many in this series and each time the children in the story go to a new place and learn. In this book, Jack and Annie go to Pompeii during the reign of the Roman Empire. It really makes learning about this subject interesting and exciting for kids. It is a simple and small chapter book for kids who are just starting to read chapter books. In the classroom I can ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is about two children that go into a forest with a card and they reach the magic tree house and land in Pompei many years in the past when the volcano called mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24 August 79
Candice Pang
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great book that bases fantasies on historical background for 7-10 years old.
Matthew Hunter
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good move by Osborne to have Jack and Annie travel through time to rescue books/scrolls from imminent destruction by an erupting volcano. The kids are enjoying the "Master Librarians" cycle thus far. Question: why the hell doesn't Morgan le Fay send Jack and Annie to Pompeii at least a few days, rather than minutes, before Vesuvius blows its top? She almost gets the poor whipper snappers buried in lava, ash and such! Not the sharpest tool in the shed, that Morgan.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of the ones I have reread so far I enjoyed this one the most.
It was interesting.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a great idea to do the same thing that they did in the book! I loved all the books that I read in the section of The Magic Tree House!
Zack Brady
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Their magic tree house wisks them to Roman times. And soon they discover that it is the very day the town is destroyed and so they run to the tree house and go home.
Samantha Osborne
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
this one made me sad cause i know alot of people really did die from the volcano erupting still a good read though
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, english
Nice story for kids...
Mary Dobner
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Jack and Annie are a fun and easy way to introduce students to important historical events! They are the perfect historical fiction books for students grades 1 -4. This book would be a great addition to your unit on Ancient Greece. It's an excellent hook, as well as enhancing your instruction throughout the unit. Starting off a unit this way allows students to start to think of questions that they want to discover the answers to. Then, as you learn more and more about Greece, you can make connec ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
3.5 stars
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off with Jack running his fingers over his secret library card that he received in the last book. He ran his fingers over the M and the L (Master Librarian) which brought him joy as he couldn’t believe that he was finally a master librarian. Annie convinced Jack to quickly run to the woods with her because their whole family was leaving on vacation and they didn’t want to keep Morgan waiting. Annie said that she had a nightmare that everything was burning and Jack comforted her ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Jack is a very smart boy who is eleven and is a master librarian with his sister Annie. Annie is a adventures, ten year old girl. Morgan is an Librarian, in the renaissance time, who collects type of books from different time and locations for her library. Morgan has a magical tree house that goes to were ever you wish. Morgan’s tree house in the forest by Jacks and Annie's house. Well, anyways Jack and Annie went to the tree house in the middle of the night and wished to go to Pompeii, Rome to ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Magic Tree House books have become a bonding point for my son and me. He loves reading them to me or listening to me read them to him. The adventures that Jack and Annie have typically center on a piece of history or science that Sean will be learning about soon. There are always points in the book where we can stop and discuss the facts behind the story.

Back in college I took a "shake and bake" class (earthquakes and volcanoes) for one of my required science electives. Therefore Vacation Un
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The center of a Roman town was called a forum.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One day, Jack and Annie had to go on vacation to the mountains. Then, they went to the Magic Tree House (I don't know how they got there though) and traveled to Pompeii, which was in Roman times. On one side of the Magic Tree House was a mountain. On the other side there was a big city or town.

They saw a little river and went down to the city. They saw that the river was dried up and wondered why it was like that as they crossed the bride. They saw all kinds of things that they have in their ow
Rick Silva
Jack and Annie are sent to retrieve a lost story from a pleasant seaside village in Ancient Rome. And of course, it turns out to be Pompeii on the day of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

I'm overanalyzing here, but why couldn't Morgan le Fay have just sent them back to the day before it happened? At least when they went to the Titanic, they were there to help save two passengers from the disaster.

This story included some mild supernatural and mythical elements, mixed with a lot of good details on
Dean Deters
Vacation under the volcano

Summary: Problem: The volcano erupted and a lot of lava rocks explode out from the volcano they landed on people energy and burning them. Solution: one of the Gladiators picked them up and told them to run for their lives with the story so they did and managed to complete their mission to save the lost story.

Character trait: annie
Anni was listening to the soothsayer when she was trying to tell them something so I
Think annie is a good at listening and a believer.

Collin Powell
This is a book in the Magic Tree House series. It tells the story of an adventure that two children had in ancient Pompeii just before the city was destroyed by Vesuvius. The kids were about to go on vacation with their family when they got side-tracked onto a mission to go to Pompeii and find a book.
They were in the city when the animals begin to leave because, unknown to the children, the animals were sensing that the volcanic eruption is approaching. They continued to look for the scroll and
Felicia Fisher
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twin Text Non-Fiction Entry #4

I chose to pair this book with the non-fiction book "Volcano Rising." I paired these two books together because the magic tree house book gives kids a ton of information about volcanoes, but the non-fiction books helps compliment the information in the fiction book.

The non fiction book is designed like a fiction book, it seems to tell a story instead of just information. I think that aspect of the book will be really appealing to kids. Also, the books is filled wit
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh . . . this is what I have been waiting for. Finally a Magic Tree House book that can really teach kids a lot of interesting stuff. In this story, Jack and Annie travel back to a doomed city.

Mary Pope Osborne does a great job in describing both the city of Pompeii and its inhabitants. As the kids go along, Jack is constantly reading from the book about Ancient Rome. The reader will learn more about ancient history in this book than any previous Magic Tree House book. As a teacher, I found t
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because at the time I was all about Earth Quakes and Volcanoes and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii.

I had always wanted to know what it was like there as the volcano blew up and the terror reigned.

I loved this book even more because the first time I read it, I was going on vacation and I was delighted to learn that Jack and Annie were also going on vacation in their own time. It was a cool little event in time for me and the charac
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