Osborne, Mary Pope Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Treehouse #55) 121 pgs Random House, 2016. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this newest book Jack and Annie get a puppy and a special summons to come to back to Camelot. Turns out it was actually Queen Guinevere asking for them. Everyone else who can help, those that are part of the Magic Treehouse, like Merlin, have been trapped in the mythical kingdom of Avalon. The portal to Avalon has been blocked, worse yet, King Arthur himself needs to get to there to be healed. The entire fate of the Kingdom is up to Jack and Annie.
Wow, this is heavy stuff. I didn’t realize that this series had gone so abstract and fantasy, but it is apparent from references to other books that it has. This story was a bit strange and complex for beginning chapter book readers. Not my favorite by far, but avid readers will of course clamor for it. The cover has a ton of appeal and readers will enjoy the inclusion of a new puppy for Jack and Annie.
EL(K-3), EL – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.