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Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House #34)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,179 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fa ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book with my students and they enjoyed it. However, they didn't understand this one very well. Most of the Magic Tree House books are easy to follow but this one was difficult.

"Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tr
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
One word. Informative. It is really informative! That's why I love this! I learned about the "Place of Wisdom" in Iran (I believe) which is a place full of books and is like a huge library! That's not all! All of the famous people are there! Like, Al-Khwarizmi, the father of my favorite, algebra! I would love to have the opportunity to talk to such a genius like him! I remember one time when one of my classmates asked to my math teacher (she obviously hate Math)," Teacher, why do we have to stud ...more
Ashley Guzman
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book was about to kids,Jack and Annie that were brother and sister,they went on a mission to help the caliph,king,from Baghdad,in the past. I think that the book is one of the best books I've read so far. It is full of surprises and adventure. I recommend this book to people who would like to read it because they will enjoy it.
Tom Bochnak
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is my first Magic Tree House book, and holy cow these are awesome. I'm a social studies teacher, and I love that people are creating this historical fiction. This book is about non-Western history too! The author just got a bunch of major credibility with me.

I like that the book educates along with entertaining. For example, the author mentioned dates and described them because most American kids have no idea what that is. Another example would be the explanation of how and what camels eat
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Abby
It may technically be #34. But, "Season of the Sandstorms", recommended to me by my eight-year old friend Abby (who also got me hooked on the Wardstone Chronicles, see review for "Revenge of the Witch"), is the first I've read of Mary Pope Osborne's immensely popular Magic Tree House series. With a vast Arabian desert, treasured, priceless writings, an ancient House of Wisdom, a flying carpet, and---of course--a magic treehouse reminiscent in a sense of Bill and Ted's phone booth, it was quite a ...more
Melissa Maillet
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mary Pope Osborne described these Merlin Missions as Jack and Annie having "fantasy adventures in real places in real times." This combination of fantastical elements and beautiful real world settings is amazing. I am left wanting to immerse myself in the culture that Osborne describes so easily. I have always wished I could take my children to see the world, but reading these books together makes me feel like they aren't missing out on quite as much.
Josiah Kong
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Season of Sandstorms
Mary Pope Osborne wrote the book, Magic Tree House #34: Season of the Sandstorms. It is the story of two kids named Jack and Annie who find a magic tree house. The book is about Jack and Annie completing a Merlin mission back in time in the desert near Bagdad. The mission is to take a book to the caliph. Meanwhile, bandits and sandstorms cause them trouble!
The story begins with Jack and Annie doing their math homework. Then, they stop that and go to the magic tree house.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Annie were setting off to the tree house. They now begin their 34th adventure. They went to the desert and they found someone named Mamoon. Mamoon helped them to on their mission. Later on they found bandits. They ended up in a sandstorm that was blowing everything around everywhere. Mamoon was my favorite character in this, as he was really wise.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes we have to indulge our inner child! I work in a school, and support kids during a read to self time, so I thought I'd be an example and read one of their classroom books. It was so fun - I never got the chance to read Magic Tree House as a kid
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Shahd Rdawi
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book to read in the series of magic tree house, and I pick it to read about baghdad city during golden age when I find this series is so fun so I think that won’t be the last book of it!
Daphne Kim
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another in this great series my daughter and I are reading together.
Jessica Kingwill
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter
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Kiah Singhal
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The fact that Mamoon was Caliph himself was quite surprising
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-eastern
Ages: 9 - 12

"Season of the Sandstorms" by Mary Pope Osborne is part of the Magic Tree House series. In it, two children, jack and Annie, are transported to the desert outside of the ancient city of Baghdad.

They are on a mission to help a caliph "spread wisdom to the world." As the stories progresses, Jack and Annie learn about life in ancient Iraq. They meet a man named Mamoon, who ends up being the caliph, ride across the desert on camels with him, and eventually deliver the writings of Aristo
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I kinda forgot how the Magic Tree House books are. They're... special. It kinda reminded me of a slightly pedo episode of Doctor Who for some reason. With pictures and a man who looks like Jesus. I read it in like twety minutes [it took me like two days last time I read one (which was in like second grade, maybe)] and felt like a bit of a pedofile because it's a book about little kids going on an adventure for an old man with a middle-aged man. The cover art totally made the book great for me th ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie went to the tree house and they got a note (I would write what the note said's but it is too long).Then they went to a desert and they use a rhyme to get help (all the rhymes will be at the bottom) and they got help and they went on a camel ride with Mamoon. Then bandits came and Jack and Annie tried to buried the treasure,but they didn't because the bandits were gone.They continued but a sandstorm came and Jack and Annie lost Mamoon and they saw what he treasure is (a book) and t ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Jack and Annie, in this set of Merlin missions, must prove that they can use magic wisely. Using a book of magic rhymes--ten rhymes only, which must last them for four missions--and each rhyme can be used only once.

Now they are sent 1,200 years in the past to the Golden Age of Baghdad. What an adventure! The children ride camels across the desert and learn that camels are called Ships of the Desert. They recover a book of Aristotle's writings and give it to the caliph of Baghdad, Abdulla-al-Mamo
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Synopsis: "Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about."

My Review: I really enjoyed this installment in the Merlin Mission
Elizabeth A
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, kids-ya
My 8 year old nephew, Jonah, is cruising through this series. He visits the library, comes home with a stack of books, and then calls to show me what he will read next. Love that. I read the first 32 books in this series with his older brother, and I've waited for Jonah to get old enough so we can read and discuss the remainder together. There are a couple of things I really love about this series:

1. Annie is braver than her older brother Jack
2. The short stories expose kids to history, differen
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
{my generic MTH reveiew}
Miles is now fully into this series, wanting to buy them all from our used book store. We're reading out of order, but it doesn't matter.

This is a fun series about a brother & sister who discover a magic tree house in the woods near their home. Inside the tree house are hundreds of books. When they look at a book, it literally takes them on fantastic journeys around the world and through time. Their adventures are missions for Morgan le Fay, the Magical Librarian of C
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This was a jump for us. We are in the middle of the series, but our oldest borrowed this book from her school library, so we jumped ahead. It was interesting to see the new "tools" Annie and Jack had at their disposal. We know about Teddy from the 4 book mini-series we are reading now, but we haven't read about Kathleen yet, so we are eager to meet her as we continue along the series.

It was interesting to read about Baghdad, the culture, the markets, the history. I'm glad our girls were exposed
May 27, 2014 added it
Annie & Jack shook a palm tree to get dates, I never tasted dates. They were riding in the desert with a man named Mamoon and they got separated by a sandstorm. So Annie & Jack went to a place called Baghdad & went into a palace. A girl said when you get to a room with a tree, bow down & don't speak until you are spoken to. So Annie & Jack bowed & heard a familiar voice. They looked up and saw Mamoon. Mamoon said he was the caliph. I was surprised that Mamoon was the cali ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was wonderful! It brought to life the beauty and mystery and imagination of the Arab world. Bazaars are cooler than malls btw ;)
I'm glad to see Annie finally appreciating the research needed for their journeys, too. She was always in such a hurry and never wanted to let Jack read his information first, but now she even suggests opening the research books to find out things.
I loved reading about the dessert ride and the caliph, and they even got to ride a magic carpet! Made me want to
Sydney Sereci
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read a fantasy book called Season of the Sandstorms by Mary Pope Osborne. This book is very interesting and I would personally rate this book as a 5/5 because it kept at the point that I always wanted to be reading it. Season of the Sandstorms is a very interesting book about a very young boy and girl named Jack and Annie that go on an adventure through their magic tree house, to Baghdad. Throughout their journey, their lives depend on a book that a man named Mamoon ha gave them. Jack and Anni ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was 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
Melissa Namba
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a basic Magic Treehouse story. Merlin sends them to Baghdad on another mysterious mission. I am fond of this mission because it involves making sure that Aristotle's wisdom is passed on through the ages. However, I feel like it missed out on a lot of the historical and CULTURAL complexities involved in this time and area. It would be good to go into this and give kids a basic background for why Baghdad is the way it is now. Obviously, it shouldn't go into super great detail, but you woul ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
We are enjoying the new Merlin Mission books in the Magic Tree House series. In these books, we continue to learn facts from history, as well as have a twist of magic for Annie and Jack to help them complete their mission. This book was fun to learn some of the things that come from Baghdad, Iraq. It was particularly interesting that Baghdad was once a center of learning and culture in the Eastern world.
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