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Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House "Merlin Missions" #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  7,373 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House for Young Readers (first published October 23rd 2001)
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My first Merlin Mystery! There is a big shift in theme here. This book doesn't deal with the kids on an adventure into history, but instead into fantasy. Instead of facts and history, they learned about the power of memory and imagination. Maybe even that some things don't have to be true to be important. Jack doesn't even have time to take notes! Anyway, it was a traditional fantasy adventure, quest and all. Some of the fun mythological elements, in addition to Camelot and it's denizens, were t ...more
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This is one of my favorites! No wonder it was made into a stage play!
Rebecca L. Snowe
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Cute, cute, cute!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this on a longish road trip from Yellowstone to MIssoula, Montana. It's at the first in the Merlin stories and is a good 5 chapters longer than all the previous installments. Thus, it is also a bit more complex -and interesting!

We liked this one quite a lot. And it inspired my son to want to read more about King Arthur !
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I would have given this quite so high a rating, but I asked my fifth-grade reading partner. She said five stars, and that's the opinion that counts.
I asked her what she liked about it, and she mentioned the part where the water spilled. I can't go into that without spoiling it, however.
Some of the devices in "Christmas in Camelot" struck me as imitative. It's winter, but not Christmas (thank you, C.S. Lewis). We get past the evil forces in an invisibility cloak (thank you, J.K. Rowl
Brandon Loehrke
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
“Christmas In Camelot” begins when Jack and Annie find a book about Merlin. The book is all about the feasts and celebrations in Camelot. Jack and Annie are excited to go to Camelot to see what it is like. When they get there Camelot looks nothing like the book said it would. An evil witch casted a spell over Camelot that took away all the celebration. Jack and Annie go visit the King and Queen of Camelot. They tell Jack and Annie that three of their knights are missing. Jack and Annie soon meet ...more
Queen Susan the Gentle
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-tree-house
It all started when they saw a dove in the evening mist. Jack and Annie found inside the treehouse a royal invitation to a Christmas party in Camelot signed with an M. They thought it was from their good friend the enchantress, so they went. But when they get there she tells them Camelot isn't celebrating Christmas. The food is terrible, and no one is smiling. They soon learn Camelot has been robbed of its joy. And all magic has been banned. Soon comes in a thundering Christmas Knight. Jack and ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! When I learned it was being written, I was so excited because I had thought that the Magic Tree House Books were over. I still had that thought and it lingered. It could just be a Christmas special book.

I was so excited to read it on Christmas eve. But when I read the part about it being "the last adventure" I was so sad and shocked. It was really crazy.

The rest of the book was so magical and it just took me there and I lived it. I got to see so much happen and hear all the so
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We've been snowed in quite a bit in the last few weeks, so the kids and I have been getting our read on. Our favorite read-aloud books are The Magic Tree House series, and the best of those are the Merlin Missions. This one is the first of the Merlin Missions, and it's GREAT! My kids (my son is 8 and my daughter is 7) were so into it, they kept begging me to keep going whenever I came to the end of a chapter, and they were hanging on my arms and squealing while I read it, they found the adventur ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
In my opinion, the merit of the Magic Treehouse books is that they are fun and educational, and they are able to transport children to different places and times in history, with the possibilities being endless. But here at Book #29, the author starts sending her characters on "Merlin Missions" to fictional places where they encounter people and creatures of fantasy. To me, this is confusing and frustrating to kids. They are used to actually learning stuff from Magic Treehouse books. The "Merlin ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
DS and I listened to this on audio from the library. We both enjoyed it. The voices are well done and it's very engrossing to both me as a parent and my son the 8-year-old. I like the fantasy-world aspect and I also enjoyed the authors talk at the end about Camelot and how it came from history and from story-telling. Very fascinating. Another great read for DS and I to enjoy in the car on the way to and from school. And it offers a great jumping off point for some discussions.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
Part of the "Magic Tree House" series, this book has Jack and Annie traveling to Camelot where they find things are not as they should be. Jack and Annie agree to go on a quest to the "Otherworld" to try to get find and bring back some water from the cauldron of memory and imagination. Will Jack and Annie be able to get past the keepers of the cauldron and safely bring the water of memory and imagination back to Camelot to restore the joy before it's too late?
Adolfo Lopez
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book "Chrismas In Camelot" by Mary Pope Osborne is a book about two kids named Jack and Annie who goes on trips in a magic tree house. Jack and Annie go on a trip to a place where a woman named Morgan is trapped to save her. I chose this book because I really liked the Magic Tree House series. I recommend this book to people who likes books with adventure and who read the Magic Tree House series.
Jicky Sibi
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
it's very intersting!!!!!!!!!
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Listening to lots of this series. This is the first in the more mature Merlin Missions.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These short chapter books are awesome for little kids because they keep their attention and teach them about history and legend and myths. The stories are engaging and suspenseful and a lot of fun to read. The characters are fun and relatable to the kids and my grandsons really enjoyed listening to it. This one has King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Recommend to all!!!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Mary Pope Osborne really knows how to get you people intrigued. I have a student who has begun the Merlin Missions and this was a great story to begin Jack and Annie's new adventures. I like that they changed the way they enter for Merlin being these stories are fantasy. The mix and mythology and fantasy make the stories quite interesting as well.
Alexander Gavrylyuk
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was cool because I liked when they snuck in the castle in the invincibility cloak and when Jack got stuck in the joy of the music with the young dancers and most of all I liked the way they drank the water of imagination and attacked the dragons with flames and escaped the underworld with the water of imagination.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review, By: Avery, Dickey.
Daphne Kim
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My daughter and I consider this one of the most exciting of the Magic Tree House books. It takes some unexpected turns, steering away from the traditional formula of the books. We loved it.
Kate Audsley
Well, my 7 year old thought it was AWESOME!
Jennifer Buccolo
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! This is my first Magic Treehouse book and I'm so impressed! What a great way for kids to learn about legends, history, and science topics...of course, now it is my goal to read all of them!
Maya Orama
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing ! A boy and girl name Jack and Annie who are brother and sister Morgan and Merlin giving Jack and Annie adventures to complete to be master librarians . It was in the evening Jack and Annie just got back from school it was their winter vacation ! Annie and Jack was saw happy because they Can have more missions and more adventures to complete then Annie saw a butterfly she was thinking if it wants to show them were the magic tree house is but Annie and Jack didn't saw Morgan ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The magic tree house book Christmas in Camelot is a good mystery book for you to read .The main characters are Jack and Annie who meet the unknown person who takes them on there mission to Camelot.
Jack and Annie go to the magic tree house so they can go to Camelot to ask the other unknown person to tell Jack and Annie what there mission is at the other world so Camelot can be happy again.
So Jack and Annie can make Camelot happy,until something happen to Jack when they were on there mission.Jack
Patti K
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
It was great to finally get a chance to read the first book from the Merlin Missions. Now it seems like we're pretty much caught up, well, almost, anyway. I wish we'd been able to get it earlier; it really sets the tone for the other stories and helps set the stage for a Jack and Annie who are growing up and gaining in maturity.

This story takes place the Christmas after their last mission for Morgan, which if you recall was in the summer. So, it's been several months since our young hero and her
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, christmas
You can read this review and others on my blog at

So I read this out of order. I read the Halloween book before the Christmas book. I think I would have been more surprised at the end about who the Christmas Knight was if I hadn’t read them out of order.

Nevertheless the story was still fun. Jack and Annie get to go to Camelot at Christmas-time. But Camelot is not what they were expecting. I think this is a fun way to introduce kids to the myth surrounding
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents with young kids
"Christmas in Camelot" is the 29th installment in the popular children's series "the magic treehouse" it is also the start of the sub series, "a Merlin mission". Which is, of course, a continuation of jack and Annie's "magic treehouse" adventures, but with slightly longer stories (more than ten short chapters) and intended for a just slightly older reader.

I guess the author realized her audience was starting to get older & wanted to allow for that. ;)

It's actually a good thing, cause after
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. Jack and Annie go on a quest to save Camelot, a quest that will prove to a beleaguered King Arthur that children a ...more
Gwen Martin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popular-series
I used to read the Magic Tree House books all the time in grade school and I absolutely loved them. That is why I chose to read this book for our popular series book. I enjoyed these books because they taught about history while they were entertaining. I love history so I easily got into these books. This particular book was not really about history, but instead about Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Even though this is not really history, it is still a historical story and I still enj ...more
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“recognize you ….” “We’re just visiting,” said Annie. “But we know all about you. You’re Sir Lancelot, aren’t you?” “Yes,” breathed the knight. “And Sir Percival and Sir Galahad,” said Jack. “Yes … my son, Galahad … ,” said the knight. “King Arthur thinks you are lost forever,” said Annie.” 1 likes
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