Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, No. 9)
Mary Pope Osborne
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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!
IT'S SINK OR SWIM
for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner?
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“It’s time for us to go, too,” said Jack. He was afraid someone might be looking for the mini-sub. “But we haven’t solved the riddle,” said Annie. Jack studied the bright underwater world. “I don’t see the answer,” he said. “There’s nothing plain at all out there.” “Then maybe the answer’s in the mini-sub,” said Annie. They looked around the tiny space. “I’ll check the computer,” said Jack. He studied the row of pictures at the top of the screen. He pressed the book picture. The words
“And it was waiting to be taken away by a helicopter. To a junkyard.” “Yikes,” said Annie. “Now we really have to get back,” said Jack. “Let’s try pressing the waves picture,” said Annie. She pressed the waves picture on the computer screen. The mini-sub began to rise slowly. “Oh, good,” said Jack. The sub went past a small coral mountain. It went past schools of fish and waving plants. “Oh!” gasped Annie. Jack gasped, too. Two eyes were staring out from behind a giant sea plant. They
Its eight arms reached for the mini-sub. The octopus hugged the mini-sub. Each of its eight arms had two rows of suckers. The suckers stuck to the window. The mini-sub stopped. The octopus stared at Jack and Annie with huge, human-like eyes. “I don’t think it wants to hurt us,” whispered Annie. “It’s just curious.” “I—I’m going to research it,” said Jack. His hands shook as he flipped through the pages of the ocean book. He found a picture of an octopus and read aloud: The octopus
terrific work.—S. Smith The children in the fourth grade even hide the [Magic Tree House] books in the library so that they will be able to find them when they are ready to check them out.—K. Mortensen My Magic Tree House books are never on the bookshelf because they are always being read by my students. Thank you for creating such a wonderful series.—K. Mahoney Dear Reader, While I was trying to decide what to do for book number nine, kids kept asking me to send Jack and Annie
Illustrations copyright © 1997 by Sal Murdocca. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. www.randomhouse.com/magictreehouse Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Osborne, Mary Pope. Dolphins at daybreak / by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca. p. cm. — (Magic tree house series : #9) “A first