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Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House (R) Book 30) by [Mary Pope Osborne, AG Ford]
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About the Author

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

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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
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Jack and Annie sat on their front porch. They were waiting for their mom to take them to baseball practice.

Tap, tap, tap.

Raindrops spattered on the porch steps. A strong breeze shook the tree leaves.

“Uh-oh,” said Annie. “Do you think a storm is coming?”

“I can’t tell,” said Jack, looking up at the clouds. “Sorry, kids,” their mom  called from  inside.

“Coach Dave just emailed—no practice today.”

“Darn,” said Jack.

“That’s okay,” said Annie. “Now we can go to the woods.”

“The woods?” said Jack. “Why?”

“I woke up with a feeling,” Annie said in a hushed voice. “Something really important is going to happen today. I thought it was baseball practice, like maybe I’d hit a home run or something. But now . . .” She smiled at Jack.

“Really? You think . . . ?” he said.

“Yes! Hold on! I’ll get our stuff.” Annie hurried inside.

A moment later, she returned with two small umbrellas and Jack’s backpack. She handed over the pack and one of the umbrellas. “Mom says as long as there’s no thunder and lightning, we can take a walk.”

“Great,” said Jack. He pulled on his pack. “To the woods!”

“To the tree house!” said Annie.
Jack and Annie opened their umbrellas and headed out into the rain. They ran down the sidewalk, across the street, and into the misty Frog Creek woods.

Raindrops fell softly as they hurried between the trees. The air smelled of wet leaves and damp earth. Finally, Jack and Annie came to the tallest oak in the woods.

“Yay,” Jack whispered.

Annie laughed. “Glad it rained today?” “Totally,” said Jack. He and Annie folded their umbrellas and climbed up the rope ladder.

The magic tree house was dry and shadowy inside. A book was lying on the floor. A purple leather bookmark was sticking out from between the pages.

Lying on top of the book was a necklace. It had a thin gold chain and a glass star. The star was no bigger than a penny. It gave off a soft yellow glow.
“Wow, a little star!” said Annie, picking up the necklace. “I wonder what it’s for.”

“Yeah, and where are we going?” asked Jack.

He picked up the book.

The cover showed a red, white, and blue flag with one big star. The title said:
A History of Texas: The Lone Star State
“Great. Back to Texas!” said Jack.

“I love Texas,” said Annie. “Remember when we met Slim and saved Dusty’s colt?”

“Yup,” Jack said in a low voice. Annie laughed.

Jack was imitating their cowboy friend, Slim.

Jack turned to the page with the purple bookmark. He and Annie looked at an old black-and-white photo of a city by the ocean.

“Galveston, Texas,” read Annie. “I’ve heard of that city.”

“Me too,” said Jack. “Did Morgan leave us a note?”

“I don’t see one,” said Annie. “Is anything written on the back of the bookmark?”

Jack turned the bookmark over. “Yes!” he said. Tiny writing was painted on the leather. He read aloud:
The place you must go On this late summer day Is an island in Texas Between Gulf and bay.
“We’re here to help!” Is what you must say.

“Seek high ground now! Do not delay!”

Jack looked up. “Why do people need help?” he asked. “And why should they seek high ground?”

“Good questions,” said Annie. “Keep reading.” Jack  read the next part:
For those in the dark, Adrift and astray,
A single bright star Can show them the way.
“So that must explain this,” said Annie. She held up the necklace with the star.

“But it’s so small,” said Jack. “And it’s not really bright. How can it show the way to anything?”

“Go on, read the last part,” said Annie. Jack read the last lines of the rhyme:
Learn from a hero

Who is humble and brave,
Who welcomes the hundreds Arriving on waves.

“What does that mean?” asked Jack.

“I don’t know,” said Annie. “Let’s go to Texas and find out all the answers.” She hung the star necklace around her neck.

“Wait—do we have our Pennsylvania book to help us get back home?” said Jack. They looked around the tree house.

“There—” said Annie. She pointed to the Pennsylvania book, in a shadowy corner.

“Okay, all set,” said Jack. He placed his finger on the picture of Galveston, Texas.

“I wish we could go there!” he said. The wind started to blow.

The tree house started to spin. It spun faster and faster.

Then everything was still. Absolutely still.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0796F8B87
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 7, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 52496 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 112 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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