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Chapter 1: The Third Thing
Annie peeked into Jack’s room.
“Ready?” she whispered.
“Yep,” said Jack.
Even though it was two hours before school started, Jack and Annie were already dressed.
Jack put his notebook and pencil into his backpack.
Then he picked up the pack and his sneakers and followed Annie into the hall. In their sock feet, Jack and Annie tiptoed past their parents’ bedroom.
Then they slipped down the stairs.
When they reached the front hall, Jack and Annie put on their jackets and shoes and stepped outside. The early-morning sky was gray. Everything was quiet, except for the sound of a gentle spring rain.
“Should we get our raincoats?” Jack asked.
“It’s clearing up,” said Annie. She pointed to blue sky in the distance.
“Oh, good,” said Jack. “Let’s hurry.”
Jack and Annie stepped off their porch. Then they ran up the sidewalk and crossed the street.
By the time they started into the Frog Creek woods, the rain had stopped. Misty rays of sunlight slanted down through the wet trees.
Jack and Annie kept going until they came to the tallest oak. The leaves at the top of the tree sparkled with raindrops, and the magic tree house was lit by the morning sun.
“It’s waiting for us,” said Jack.
“I knew it would be,” said Annie. She grabbed the rope ladder and started up.
Jack climbed after her. Inside the tree house, they looked around for the two special things they had found on their last missions.
“Great, they’re still here,” said Jack, pointing to a green jewel and a white and yellow flower in the corner.
“And it looks like Teddy and Kathleen sent some stuff for us,” said Annie.
Lying in the shadows was a book. Next to it were a small folded note and a tiny blue bottle.
Jack picked up the book. Its cover showed an old black-and-white photograph of a building. It looked like the White House in Washington, D.C.
Jack gasped. “Oh, man! Abraham Lincoln!”
“Wow,” said Annie, looking at the book’s cover.
“He was a great president.”
“No kidding,” said Jack. “Do you think we’re actually going to meet him?” He opened the book to the first page and read aloud:
Abraham Lincoln served as president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He led the country through the terrible crisis of the American Civil War. He preserved the union of states and outlawed slavery.
“I can’t believe it,” Jack said, closing the book.
“Abraham Lincoln! Do you think he’s supposed to help us find the third thing to break the spell that turned Penny into a statue?”
“Maybe,” said Annie. “Let’s see what else
Teddy and Kathleen left for us. . . .” She picked up the tiny bottle and the note. She unfolded the note and read aloud:
The third thing to break the spell
is a single feather from a hero’s hand.
Use it wisely to give him hope—
the hope he needs to heal his land.
Text copyright © 2011 by Mary Pope Osborne
When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, will they be able to help the president save a nation in crisis? Find out in book 47 of Mary Pope Osborne’s popular series! (Ages 6-9)
Hardcover Book : pages
Publisher: Random House Children'S Bk. ( December 27, 2011 )
Item #: 13-501235
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
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