Magic Tree House author signs books

November 11, 2008 10:11:37 AM PST
Mary Pope Osborne is in Chicago for the release of her 40th book in the Magic Tree House Series, "Eve of the Emperor Penguin." (NEWS RELEASE)Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the wildly successful Magic Tree House series, which has sold more than 50 million copies throughout the world and made her nearly as popular with young readers as JK Rowling. She recently released the fortieth book in the Magic Tree House series, "Eve of the Emperor Penguin."

Together with her husband Will, Mary has created the brand new stage show "Magic Tree House: The Musical," which takes her books to a whole new and interactive level that is sure to excite young audiences here in Chicago. This is the first time in the 15-year history of the Magic Tree House series that the books will come to life on stage!

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"MAGIC TREE HOUSE" AUTHOR MARY POPE OSBORNE MEETS YOUNG FANS AND SIGNS BOOKS AT ORLAND PARK BORDERS TUESDAY, NovEMBER 11 at 4 P.M.

Exciting new stage show "Magic Tree House®: The Musical" comes to Chicago area later this month, at The Center for Performing Arts

Who: Hundreds of young Chicago-area readers?

What: Meet Mary Pope Osborne, author of the New York Times bestselling "Magic Tree House" series. Mary will sign copies of the latest book in the bestselling series, "Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin," and young fans will have the opportunity to view a preview of the exciting new stage show "Magic Tree House®: The Musical," which comes to the south suburbs later this month.

Where: Borders

15260 S. La Grange Road

Orland Park, IL 60462

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11

3 p.m. -- In-person interview opportunity (media ONLY)

4 p.m. -- Book signing and musical preview

(NEWS RELEASE)

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC AND POWER OF IMAGINATION WITH MAGIC TREE HOUSE®: THE MUSICAL'S BRAND NEW LIVE SHOW SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22-23 AT THE CENTER

Based on the best-selling book series, Magic Tree House®: The Musical provides fun for the whole family with this brand new stage production

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. ? Based on the New York Times best-selling Magic Tree House book series by Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House®: The Musical comes to The Center on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. The show brings to life the adventures of the series' protagonists, Jack and Annie, transporting one of their Merlin Missions on to the stage, complete with dragons, fairies and horses, to create a theatrical event for the entire family.

In this adventure, Jack and Annie travel to Camelot where they find King Arthur and his court are in grave danger. The Dark Wizard has planned revenge against his former conqueror, the King, and the entire court is cast under a spell. The brother and sister team must travel to Camelot's dreaded Otherworld and return with water from the mythical Cauldron of Memory and Imagination in order to restore joy and magic to King Arthur's kingdom. If they fail, Camelot will be lost and forgotten forever, and the Magic Tree House will be destroyed. Rising to each new challenge with courage, humor, and resourcefulness, Jack and Annie eventually discover that memory and imagination are gifts that fill their lives with magic.

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of more than 80 books for children and young adults, including novels, picture books, mysteries, biographies, and retellings of mythology and fairy tales. Many of her books have been named to the Best Books of the Year Lists from organizations such as the Booklist Editors, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, School Library Journal, Parents' Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Her books have received honors from such organizations as the National Council of Teachers of English, the Parents Choice Foundation, the American Bookseller Association, the Children's Book Council, and the International Reading Association. Her New York Times #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series, has sold more than 53 million copies and has been published in more than 20 other languages. The latest book in the Magic Tree House series, "Eve of the Emperor Penguin," hits store shelves on Sept. 23, just two months before this brand new live show comes to The Center.

The new musical was written by Will Osborne, author Mary Pope Osborne's husband, who is author of a number of books for children and young adults himself, including the Magic Tree House Research Guides series. Regarding the objective of her husband's musical adaptation of her books, Mary says that "Reading and writing are about the magic of the imagination. This musical, in my opinion, multiplies that magic ten times." An enchanting blend of song, story and stagecraft, Magic Tree House®: The Musical is a breathtaking spectacle that will keep kids and grownups on the edge of their seats!

Magic Tree House®: The Musical comes to The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $26-$41 for adults and $22-$37 for children 16 and under. Tickets are available by calling The Center box office at 708.235.2222 or online at www.centertickets.net. Buy one get one free tickets are available at the box office two hours prior to the curtain for one hour only (6 -- 7 p.m.), based upon availability. For group ticket (parties of 20 or more) information, call 815.756.1263. The Center is located at 1 University Parkway (Governors Highway and University Parkway), 45 minutes south of the Loop, off I-57 at Sauk Trail. Parking is free.


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