Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House, No. 19)
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!
Tigers in trouble?
That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, to a forest in India. The rare tigers are being trapped by greedy poachers! Can Jack and Annie find a way to help? Or will a fierce tiger eat them instead?
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Kah and Ko. The langurs cuddled together. Their dark faces looked worried. “And maybe not,” said Jack. “How can we get through the forest without running into him?” said Annie. “That’s a problem,” said Jack. “And it’s getting dark. Soon we won’t be able to see anything.” Kah and Ko hooted again. They pointed down the tree trunk. Arf! Arf! Teddy barked from Jack’s pack. “Do they see the tiger?” Jack asked, his heart thumping again. He couldn’t see anything but leaves and branches. Then, far
landed in another tree. They screeched at Jack and Annie and waved their arms. “I know what they’re saying,” said Annie. “They want us to copy them!” Annie grabbed a vine. Jack looked back at the python. The giant snake was still winding its way up the tree. It had almost reached their branch. Jack took a deep breath. Then he grabbed a vine, too. “Lean back, like Kah and Ko did,” said Annie. Jack and Annie leaned back. “One, two, three—go!” said Annie. They swung out of the tree.
people, you know.” He took a deep breath. “Let’s see what the book says first.” “Hurry,” said Annie. Jack opened their India book. He found a chapter called “Tiger Traps.” He read: Poachers catch Indian tigers with steel traps. This is against the law. After trapping a tiger, they kill it and sell the body parts for money. Like the rhino, the tiger is a very endangered species. If the killing does not end, they both face extinction. Extinction means that someday there may be no Indian tigers
country. So it was a great joy for me to go back there in my imagination as I worked on Tigers at Twilight. I also did research closer to home. To learn more about tigers, I visited the world-famous Bronx Zoo, in New York City. There I saw some magnificent tigers, and I learned that tigers are in danger of disappearing from the earth because so many are being killed by poachers. Many great zoos around the country help educate people about the need to protect wild animals. As I wrote this book,
animals. eISBN: 978-0-375-89476-3 [1. India—Fiction. 2. Dogs—Fiction. 3. Tigers—Fiction. 4. Jungle animals—Fiction. 5. Endangered animals—Fiction. 6. Space and time—Fiction. 7. Magic—Fiction. 8. Tree houses—Fiction.] I. Murdocca, Sal, ill. II. Title. III. Series: Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic tree house series; #19. PZ7.O81167Ti 1999 [Fic]—dc21 99-23493 Random House, Inc. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland RANDOM HOUSE and colophon are registered trademarks and A STEPPING STONE BOOK