Earthquake in the Early Morning
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For Chi Hyon,
Andrew and Peterâs mother
One summer day in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, a mysterious tree house appeared in the woods.
Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, climbed into the tree house. They found that it was filled with books.
Jack and Annie soon discovered that the tree house was magic. It could take them to the places in the books. All they had to do was point to a picture and wish to go there.
Along the way, Jack and Annie discovered that the tree house belongs to Morgan le Fay.Morgan is a magical librarian from Camelot, the long-ago kingdom of King Arthur. She travels through time and space, gathering books.
In Magic Tree House Books #5â8, Jack and Annie helped free Morgan from a spell. In Books #9â12, they solved four ancient riddles and became Master Librarians.
In Magic Tree House Books #13â16, Jack and Annie had to save four ancient stories from being lost forever.
In Magic Tree House Books #17â20, Jack and Annie freed a mysterious little dog from a magic spell.
In Magic Tree House Books #21â24, Jack and Annie have a new challenge. They must find four special kinds of writing for Morganâs library to help save Camelot. They are about to set off to find the third of theseÂ â¦Â .
Jack sat up in bed. He stared out his window.
The sky was dark gray. The sun would be rising soon.
âItâs almost time,â he whispered to himself.
The day before, in the magic tree house, Morganâs note had said, âCome back tomorrow, in the early morning.â
Jack jumped out of bed. He put on his jeans and T-shirt. Then he grabbed his backpack and crept out into the hall.
Jack peeked into Annieâs room. She wasnât there. He slipped downstairs and out the front door.
Annie was sitting on the porch steps. Jack sat down beside her.
âWhat are you doing?â he asked.
âI was waiting for the birds to start singing,â said Annie. âThen I was going to wake you up.â
Jack and Annie watched the sky go from dark gray to light gray. Then the birds began their song.
âTweet-tweet,â said Annie.
Without another word, Jack and Annie left their porch. They headed up their street to the Frog Creek woods.
It was cool beneath the trees. Jack and Annie hurried through the woods to the ropeladder. It hung from the tallest oak. At the top of the oak was the magic tree house.
They climbed up into the tree house. It was barely light inside.
Annie picked up the note lying on the floor. She held it up to the window and read aloud:
Dear Jack and Annie,
Camelot is in trouble. To save the kingdom, please find these four special kinds of writing for my library:
Something to follow
Something to send
Something to learn
Something to lend
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Jack took a deep breath.
âOkay,â he said. âWe have our first special writing: a list from the Civil War.â
âWe have the second,â said Annie, âa letter from the Revolutionary War.â
âWe have the third,â said Jack, âa poem from a pioneer schoolhouse.â
âNow we just need one more,â said Annie.
we have to find these special writings for Morganâs library,â said Jack. âHow are they going to save Camelot?â
âI donât know,â said Annie. âBut letâs get going so we can solve the mystery. Whereâs our research book?â
They looked around the tree house.
Their Pennsylvania book, the book that always brought them home, was lying in the corner. Beside it was another book. Annie picked it up.
âThis is it,â she said softly. She showed the bookâs cover to Jack. It said:
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, 1906
said Jack. âIâve always wanted to go to California.â
âMe too,â said Annie. She laughed. âI guess I told Miss Neely the truth after all.â
âYeah,â said Jack, smiling.
The magic tree house had taken them to a pioneer school in their last adventure. There, Annie had told the teacher, Miss Neely, that they were on their way to California.
Annie pointed at
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