Cover image for Stage fright on a summer night / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
Stage fright on a summer night / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.


First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 2002.
Physical Description:
70 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to Elizabethan London, where they become actors in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and try to rescue a tame bear.
Audience/Reading Level:
300 Lexile
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 3.3

Reading Counts! 2.4
Added Author:


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The show must go on! That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself--one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare's having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare?

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Author Notes

Mary Pope Osborne was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on May 20, 1949. She grew up in a military family, and by the time she was 15 she had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. After graduation, she traveled around Europe and Asia. Before becoming an author, she worked as a window dresser, a medical assistant, a Russian travel consultant, a waitress, an acting teacher, a bartender, and an assistant editor for a children's magazine.

Her first book, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, was published in 1982. She is the author of the Magic Tree House series and the Merlin Missions series. Her husband, actor Will Osborne, helps her write the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Her other books include The Deadly Power of Medusa, Jason and the Argonauts, Haunted Waters, and Moonhorse.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Jack and Annie's twenty-fifth adventure takes them to Shakespearean England, where they meet the bard himself and perform for Queen Elizabeth in [cf2]A Midsummer Night's Dream.[cf1] The fast-moving plot and short chapters make the book an easy and enjoyable read. A few facts about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth are included at the end. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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