Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, No. 13)
Mary Pope Osborne
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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 and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!
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said. “So?” the old woman said. “So we have to save it!” said Annie. She pulled out her secret library card. The soothsayer stared for a moment at the card and the shimmering letters on it. Then she smiled warmly at Jack and Annie. “Yes, I understand now,” she said. “The only library I know is in the house of Brutus.” She pointed to a large villa at the end of the street. “Look there. Quickly.” “Will Brutus mind?” said Jack. “Brutus and his household are all in Rome,” the soothsayer said.
still echoed in his ears. “It—it was pretty scary,” he said in a hoarse voice. “I know. But you were truly brave,” said Morgan. “You witnessed a famous event in history. Nowadays, scientists study the remains of Pompeii to find out more about Roman times.” “I feel bad for all those people,” said Annie. “Yes,” said Morgan. “But most of the people of Pompeii did escape. The city wasn’t completely buried by ash until the next day.” “We were almost trapped,” said Annie. “But we asked the ancient
the Dragon King Available now! Excerpt copyright © 1998 by Mary Pope Osborne. Published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Annie peeked into Jack’s room. “Ready to go to China?” she asked. Jack took a deep breath. “Sure,” he answered. “Bring your secret library card,” Annie said. “I have mine in my pocket.” “Yep,” said Jack. He opened his top dresser drawer and took out a thin wooden card. The letters M L on it shimmered in the
go,” said Annie. “Wait, we need our research book,” said Jack. “Yes, you do,” said Morgan. From the folds of her robe, she pulled out a book. On the cover was the title: The Time of the First Emperor. Morgan handed the book to Jack. “This research book will guide you,” she said. “But remember, in your darkest hour, only the old legend can save you.” “But we have to find it first,” said Annie. “Exactly,” said Morgan. She handed Jack the bamboo strip, and he slipped it into his pack. Jack
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