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To the Future, Ben Franklin! (Magic Tree House (R) Book 32) by [Mary Pope Osborne, AG Ford]
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It was a hot summer afternoon.
Jack and Annie sat in their living room. Jack was reading a book about weather. Annie was looking out the window.
“Let’s go do something,” she said.
“Too hot,” said Jack.
“We could ride our bikes to the lake,” Annie said. “And go swimming.”
“No way,” said Jack.
“We could—”
“Shh, please,” said Jack. “I’m trying to read.”
Annie was quiet for a moment. Then she gasped.
“Oh, wow, lightning! I just saw a flash of lightning out there,” she said.
“You’re joking,” said Jack. “Nice try.”
“No joke! I saw it!” said Annie.
“There’s not a single cloud,” said Jack. “You need clouds to have lightning.”
“Then it must have been . . . magic!” said Annie. “Come on, let’s go!”
“No, thanks. Have fun,” said Jack.
“You’ll be sorry,” said Annie as she rushed outside.
Jack waited for Annie to come back in from the heat. He waited and waited. But she didn’t return.
Jack put down his book. “I’d better check,” he said to himself. He picked up his backpack and headed outside.
Oh, man, Jack thought as he headed up the sidewalk. It must be a hundred degrees in the sun.
By the time Jack reached the Frog Creek woods, he was sweaty and out of breath. He crossed the street and walked between the trees. Even in the shade, the air was muggy.
Jack tramped through the woods until he came to the tallest oak.
“Hey there,” said Annie. She was leaning against the trunk of the tree. Next to a dangling rope ladder.
“I told you it was no joke,” said Annie.
“Right. No joke,” Jack said with a grin.
Annie grabbed the ladder and started up.
Jack followed. As they climbed into the magic tree house, golden sunlight slanted across the floor. The warm wood had a deep, rich smell of summer. In a shadowy corner was a piece of parchment.
“A note from Morgan,” said Jack. He picked up the note and read aloud:
In Old Philadelphia,
A paper must be signed.
Help Doctor Ben
Make up his mind.
“Doctor Ben?” said Jack. “Is Ben his last name or first name?”
Annie shrugged. “I don’t know,” she said. “Keep reading.”
Jack kept reading:
To get his attention,
Say “We’re from the press.”
Then do what you can
To ease his distress.
Listen to his thoughts.
If his fears start to grow
And he loses all hope,
There’s a place he must go.
’Tis a land filled with things
You see every day.
But these everyday wonders
Will show him the way.
“Hmm,” said Annie. “So Morgan wants us to go to Old Philadelphia. We have to find someone named Doctor Ben. Then we need to help him make up his mind to sign some kind of paper. That sounds easy.”
“Yeah, definitely easier than going to a Roman army camp or an island about to have one of the worst hurricanes in American history,” said Jack.
“Philadelphia’s not that far from Frog Creek,” said Annie. “They’re both in Pennsylvania.”
“Yep, my class took a field trip there,” said Jack. “It’s not that far in miles. But ‘old’ could mean we’re going far back in time.”
“That’s okay. ‘Old Philadelphia’ sounds charming,” said Annie.
“Charming?” said Jack.
“Yeah, like lovely and pleasant,” said Annie.
“Okay!” said Jack. “So, where’s our research book?”
They looked around. The only book in the tree house was their Pennsylvania book—the book that always brought them back home.
“Hold on,” said Jack. “I have an idea.” He picked up the Pennsylvania book and checked the table of contents.
“Yes! There’s a chapter called ‘Old Philadelphia, 1787.’ ”
“Cool, let’s go to 1787!” said Annie. “This book can take us there and bring us back home.”
“Exactly,” said Jack. He turned to a page that showed a drawing of a cobblestone street with women in long dresses, and carts pulled by horses.
“See, it does look charming!” said Annie. “Let’s go!”
“Right,” said Jack. He pointed to the drawing. “I wish we could go there!”
The wind started to blow.
The tree house started to spin.
It spun faster and faster.
Then everything was still.
Absolutely still.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series as well as co-author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, along with her husband, Will, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.

For more information, visit the Magic Tree House(R) website at!

AG FORD is a New York Times bestselling children's book illustrator and recipient of two NAACP Image Awards. He grew up in Dallas with his mom, his dad, two sisters, and one brother. He majored in illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He lives with his family in Frisco, Texas. Visit him online at --This text refers to the library edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JFMFJTM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 9, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 50847 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 114 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 134 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992. The books have been translated into 33 different languages in over 30 international markets. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit WWW.MAGICTREEHOUSE.COM for more information about the series, activities, and more.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children’s literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993–1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country’s leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children’s literacy. She spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 350,000 books to underserved children across the country through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with free online resources including lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students’ interest in Jack and Annie’s adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at WWW.MTHCLASSROOMADVENTURES.ORG.

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