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Authors: Mary Pope Osborne

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Vacation Under the Volcano

BOOK: Vacation Under the Volcano
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Here's what kids have to say to
Mary Pope Osborne, author of
the Magic Tree House series:

WOW! You have an imagination like no other.
—Adam W.

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Dear Readers,

The idea for this Magic Tree House book was inspired by a small article I read in the newspaper. The article said that archaeologists had recently uncovered the ruins of a scroll library in an ancient Roman town. The town, Herculaneum, was buried by a volcano almost 2,000 years ago. The same volcano destroyed a nearby town that might sound more familiar to you—

I have always wanted to write a book about Pompeii, so my imagination got to work. I moved the library over to Pompeii and sent Jack and Annie on a mission to find a lost scroll … 
as the volcano is about to erupt.

I hope you'll enjoy taking this scary journey with them as much as I did!

All my best,


Text copyright © 1998 by Mary Pope Osborne.
Illustrations copyright © 1998 by Sal Murdocca.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American
Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by
Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by
Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Osborne, Mary Pope. Vacation under the volcano / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
    p. cm. — (The magic tree house ; #13) “A Stepping Stone book.”
Their magic tree house takes Annie and Jack to Pompeii just as Vesuvius is about to erupt, and they must find a Roman scroll before everything is covered with burning ash.
eISBN: 978-0-375-89470-1
[1. Time travel—Fiction. 2. Vesuvius (Italy)—Eruption, 79—Fiction. 3. Pompeii (Extinct city)—Fiction. 4. Tree houses—Fiction.]
I. Title. II. Series: Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic tree house series ; #13.
PZ7.O81167Vag 1998 [Fic]—dc21 97-39765

Random House, Inc. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland

and colophon are registered trademarks and
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is a registered trademark of Mary Pope Osborne; used under license.


For Louis deWolf-Stein,
who wanted me to
write about Pompeii.


Title Page

Dear Readers



1. A Secret Code

2. The End Is Near

3. Gladiators!

4. Scary Things

5. Books? Books?

6. The End Is

7. The Sky Is Falling

8. Nightmare at Noon

9. Save Us!

10. A Simple Explanation

More Facts

Special Preview of Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King

Jack reached into his drawer and took out his secret library card. He held the thin piece of wood and ran his finger over its shimmering letters:
M L.

“Master Librarian,” he whispered.

Jack couldn't believe that he and his sister, Annie, were finally Master Librarians.

He wondered if he should pack the secret card to take on vacation. His family was about to leave for a week in the mountains.

Just then Annie stuck her head into Jack's room.

“Want to check the woods?” she asked.

Every morning, they looked in the Frog Creek woods to see if Morgan le Fay and her magic tree house had returned.

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