Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne is an American author of children’s books and young adult novels, best known for her Magic Tree House fantasy/adventure series for children. She is also the author of the Tales from the Odyssey series. Mary grew up as an army brat and lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and North Carolina. The lifestyle she lived growing up has definitely left a mark on Mary, giving her peripatetic tendencies and a love of adventure that she channelled into her writing. Mary served as President of the Authors Guild from 1993 to 1997.

Mary Pope Osborne became a published author in 1982 with the semi-autobiographical Run, Run, As Fast As You Can about a young girl who grew up in a military family. A publisher would eventually suggest to her to start a children’s book series, so Mary spent the next year planning what became the Magic Tree House series. Below is a list of Mary Pope Osborne’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Magic Tree House Books

Dinosaurs Before Dark / Valley of the Dinosaurs (1992)Description / Buy at
The Knight at Dawn / Castle of Mystery (1993)Description / Buy at
Mummies in the Morning / Secret of the Pyramid (1993)Description / Buy at
Pirates Past Noon / Pirates' Treasure! (1994)Description / Buy at
Night of the Ninjas (1995)Description / Buy at
Afternoon on the Amazon (1995)Description / Buy at
Sunset of the Sabertooth / Mammoth to the Rescue (1996)Description / Buy at
Midnight on the Moon / Moon Mission! (1996)Description / Buy at
Dolphins at Daybreak (1996)Description / Buy at
Ghost Town at Sundown / A Wild West Ride (1997)Description / Buy at
Lions at Lunchtime / Lions on the Loose (1998)Description / Buy at
Vacation Under the Volcano / Racing with Gladiators (1998)Description / Buy at
Polar Bears Past Bedtime / Icy Escape! (1998)Description / Buy at
Day of the Dragon King / Palace of the Dragon King (1998)Description / Buy at
Viking Ships at Sunrise / Voyage of the Vikings (1998)Description / Buy at
Hour of the Olympics (1998)Description / Buy at
Tonight on the Titanic (1999)Description / Buy at
Buffalo Before Breakfast (1999)Description / Buy at
Tigers at Twilight (1999)Description / Buy at
Dingoes at Dinnertime (2000)Description / Buy at
Civil War on Sunday (2000)Description / Buy at
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (2000)Description / Buy at
Twister on Tuesday (2001)Description / Buy at
Earthquake in the Early Morning (2001)Description / Buy at
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (2002)Description / Buy at
Good Morning, Gorillas (2002)Description / Buy at
Thanksgiving on Thursday (2002)Description / Buy at
High Tide in Hawaii (2003)Description / Buy at
A Big Day for Baseball (2017)Description / Buy at
Hurricane Heroes in Texas (2018)Description / Buy at
Warriors in Winter (2019)Description / Buy at
To the Future, Ben Franklin! (2019)Description / Buy at
Narwhal on a Sunny Night (2020)Description / Buy at
Late Lunch with Llamas (2020)Description / Buy at
Camp Time in California (2021)Description / Buy at
Sunlight on the Snow Leopard (2022)Description / Buy at
Rhinos at Recess (2023)Description / Buy at
Time of the Turtle King (2023)Description / Buy at
Windy Night with Wild Horses (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Books

Christmas in Camelot (2001)Description / Buy at
Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (2003)Description / Buy at
Summer of the Sea Serpent (2004)Description / Buy at
Winter of the Ice Wizard (2004)Description / Buy at
Carnival at Candlelight (2004)Description / Buy at
Season of the Sandstorms (2005)Description / Buy at
Night of the New Magicians (2006)Description / Buy at
Blizzard of the Blue Moon (2006)Description / Buy at
Dragon of the Red Dawn (2007)Description / Buy at
Monday with a Mad Genius (2007)Description / Buy at
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (2008)Description / Buy at
Eve of the Emperor Penguin (2008)Description / Buy at
Moonlight on the Magic Flute (2009)Description / Buy at
A Good Night for Ghosts (2009)Description / Buy at
Leprechaun in Late Winter (2010)Description / Buy at
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (2010)Description / Buy at
A Crazy Day with Cobras (2010)Description / Buy at
Dogs in the Dead of Night (2011)Description / Buy at
Abe Lincoln At Last! (2011)Description / Buy at
A Perfect Time for Pandas (2012)Description / Buy at
Stallion by Starlight (2013)Description / Buy at
Hurry Up, Houdini! (2013)Description / Buy at
High Time for Heroes (2014)Description / Buy at
Soccer on Sunday (2014)Description / Buy at
Shadow of the Shark (2015)Description / Buy at
Balto of the Blue Dawn (2016)Description / Buy at
Night of the Ninth Dragon (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Super Edition Books

Danger in the Darkest Hour / World at War, 1944 (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Spider Kane Books

Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992)Description / Buy at
Spider Kane and the Mystery at Jumbo Nightcrawler's (1993)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of My America: Virginia's Civil War Diary Books

My Brother's Keeper (2000)Description / Buy at
After the Rain (2002)Description / Buy at
A Time to Dance (2003)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tales From The Odyssey Books

The One-Eyed Giant (2002)Description / Buy at
The Land of the Dead (2002)Description / Buy at
Sirens and Sea Monsters (2003)Description / Buy at
The Gray-Eyed Goddess (2003)Description / Buy at
Return to Ithaca (2004)Description / Buy at
The Final Battle (2004)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Run, Run, As Fast As You Can (1982)Description / Buy at
Love Always, Blue (1983)Description / Buy at
Best Wishes, Joe Brady (1984)Description / Buy at
Last One Home (1986)Description / Buy at
The Deadly Power of Medusa (1988)Description / Buy at
Moonhorse (1988)Description / Buy at
Jason and the Argonauts (With: Will Osborne) (1988)Description / Buy at
Molly and the Prince (1994)Description / Buy at
Haunted Waters (1994)Description / Buy at
Rocking Horse Christmas (1997)Description / Buy at
Adaline Falling Star (2000)Description / Buy at
Kate and the Beanstalk (2000)Description / Buy at
The Brave Little Seamstress (2002)Description / Buy at
New York's Bravest (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

American Tall Tales (1991)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Picture Books

Mo to the Rescue (1985)Description / Buy at
Pandora's Box (1987)Description / Buy at
A Visit to Sleep's House (1989)Description / Buy at
Mo and His Friends (1989)Description / Buy at
Beauty and the Beast (1991)Description / Buy at
The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces of Art (1998)Description / Buy at
Sleeping Bobby (2005)Description / Buy at
Pompeii: Lost & Found (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Books

(with Natalie Pope Boyce, Will Osborne)

Dinosaurs (2000)Description / Buy at
Knights and Castles (2000)Description / Buy at
Mummies and Pyramids (2001)Description / Buy at
Pirates (2001)Description / Buy at
Rain Forests (2001)Description / Buy at
Space (2002)Description / Buy at
Titanic (2002)Description / Buy at
Twisters and Other Terrible Storms (2003)Description / Buy at
Dolphins and Sharks (2003)Description / Buy at
Ancient Greece and the Olympics (2004)Description / Buy at
American Revolution (2004)Description / Buy at
Sabertooths and the Ice Age (2005)Description / Buy at
Pilgrims (2005)Description / Buy at
Ancient Rome and Pompeii (2006)Description / Buy at
Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters (2007)Description / Buy at
Polar Bears and the Arctic (2007)Description / Buy at
Sea Monsters (2008)Description / Buy at
Penguins and Antarctica (2008)Description / Buy at
Leonardo da Vinci (2009)Description / Buy at
Ghosts (2009)Description / Buy at
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore (2010)Description / Buy at
Kids in Hard Times (2010)Description / Buy at
Snakes and Other Reptiles (2011)Description / Buy at
Dog Heroes (2011)Description / Buy at
Abraham Lincoln (2011)Description / Buy at
Pandas and Other Endangered Species (2012)Description / Buy at
Horse Heroes (2013)Description / Buy at
Magic Tricks from the Tree House (2013)Description / Buy at
Heroes for All Times (2013)Description / Buy at
Soccer (2014)Description / Buy at
Ninjas and Samurai (2014)Description / Buy at
China (2014)Description / Buy at
Sharks and Other Predators (2015)Description / Buy at
Vikings (2015)Description / Buy at
Dogsledding and Extreme Sports (2016)Description / Buy at
Dragons and Mythical Creatures (2016)Description / Buy at
World War II (2017)Description / Buy at
Baseball (2017)Description / Buy at
Wild West (2018)Description / Buy at
Texas (2018)Description / Buy at
Warriors (2019)Description / Buy at
Benjamin Franklin (2019)Description / Buy at
Narwhals and Other Whales (2020)Description / Buy at
Llamas and the Andes (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Magic Tree House Non-Fiction Books

Games and Puzzles from the Tree House (With: Natalie Pope Boyce) (2010)Description / Buy at
My Magic Tree House Journal (2014)Description / Buy at
Magic Tree House Survival Guide (2014)Description / Buy at
Animal Games and Puzzles (2015)Description / Buy at
Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Story of Christopher Columbus (1987)Description / Buy at
George Washington (1991)Description / Buy at
One World, Many Religions (1996)Description / Buy at
Happy Birthday America (2003)Description / Buy at
Memories and Life Lessons from the Magic Tree House (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Dear America Books

When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1996)Description / Buy at
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Description / Buy at
Winter Of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary Of Abigail Jane Stewart (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Description / Buy at
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By: Joyce Hansen) (1997)Description / Buy at
A Picture Of Freedom (By: Patricia McKissack) (1997)Description / Buy at
Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Description / Buy at
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (1998)Description / Buy at
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By: Sherry Garland) (1998)Description / Buy at
Stationery Pack (By: Patricia McKissack) (1998)Description / Buy at
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (By: Ellen Emerson White) (1998)Description / Buy at
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at
My Heart is on the Ground (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1999)Description / Buy at
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (By: Karen Hesse) (1999)Description / Buy at
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (By: Patricia McKissack) (2000)Description / Buy at
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Description / Buy at
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (2000)Description / Buy at
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2000)Description / Buy at
Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana 1932 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Description / Buy at
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By: Sherry Garland) (2001)Description / Buy at
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2001)Description / Buy at
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (By: Jim Murphy) (2001)Description / Buy at
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (By: Beth Seidel Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at
My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at
A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas 1935 (By: Katelan Janke) (2002)Description / Buy at
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By: Ann Turner) (2003)Description / Buy at
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (By: Marion Dane Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at
All the Stars in the Sky (By: Megan McDonald) (2003)Description / Buy at
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (By: Patricia McKissack) (2004)Description / Buy at
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Description / Buy at
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (By: Lisa Rowe Fraustino) (2004)Description / Buy at
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (By: Kirby Larson) (2010)Description / Buy at
Like the Willow Tree (By: Lois Lowry) (2011)Description / Buy at
Cannons at Dawn (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Description / Buy at
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Description / Buy at
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By: Susan Patron) (2012)Description / Buy at
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Description / Buy at
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By: Judy Blundell) (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

(with Kelly Matthews)

Dinosaurs Before Dark (2021)Description / Buy at
The Knight at Dawn (2021)Description / Buy at
Mummies in the Morning (2022)Description / Buy at
Pirates Past Noon (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Favorite Greek Myths(1988)Description / Buy at
Bears, Bears, Bears(1990)Description / Buy at
The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin(1990)Description / Buy at
Mermaid Tales from Around the World(1993)Description / Buy at
Favorite Norse Myths(1996)Description / Buy at
When I Was Your Age: Original Stories about Growing Up(1996)Description / Buy at
Favorite Medieval Tales(1998)Description / Buy at
The Random House Book of Bible Stories(2009)Description / Buy at
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Description / Buy at

Notes: Jason and the Argonauts was co-authored with Will Osborne. Games and Puzzles from the Tree House and The Random House Book of Bible Stories were co-authored by Natalie Pope Boyce. The first eight Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books (up to Dolphins and Sharks) were co-authored with Will Osborne. Beginning with Ancient Greece and the Olympics, the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books are co-authored with Natalie Pope Boyce. The Magic Tree House non-fiction books were written with Natalie Pope Boyce.

The UK title of Dinosaurs Before Dark is Valley of the Dinosaurs. The UK title of The Knight at Dawn is Mummies in the Morning. Pirates Past Noon was published as Pirates’ Treasure! in the United Kingdom. Sunset of the Sabertooth was titled Mammoth to the Rescue in the UK. Midnight on the Moon was titled Moon Mission! in the United Kingdom. Ghost Town at Sundown was published under the title A Wild West Ride in the UK. Lions at Lunchtime was published as Lions on the Loose in the UK. Polar Bears Past Bedtime is known as Icy Escape! in the UK. The UK title of Vacation Under the Volcano is Racing with the Gladiators. Day of the Dragon King was published as Palace of the Dragon King in the United Kingdom. Viking Ships at Sunrise is known as Voyage of the Vikings in the UK.

If You Like Mary Pope Osborne Books, You’ll Love…

Mary Pope Osborne Synopses: Ghost Town at Sundown (aka A Wild West Ride) is the 10th book in Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series. Annie and Jack are taken away to the wild west, where they encounter horse thieves, rattlesnakes and Slim the cowboy. Illustrated by Sal Murdocca.

Stallion by Starlight is the 49th book in Mary Pope Osborne’s long-running Magic Tree House series. Jack and Annie go to Ancient Greece to go on an adventure with a young Alexander the Great and his stallion, Buchephalus. Illustrated by Sal Murdocca.

Favorite Greek Myths is an anthology collection edited by Mary Pope Osborne. It contains several faithful re-tellings of classic Greek myths with lively prose and accompanying paintings. Illustrated by Troy Howell.

Favorite Norse Myths is an anthology edited by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Troy Howell. This anthology of 14 tales allows young readers to learn about Norse gods like Odin and Thor.

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