Night of the New Magicians
Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mysterious mission to Paris, France, over a 100 years ago. There they must find four magicians and give them an urgent message from Merlin himself. When Jack and Annie land in Paris, they make their way to the 1889 World&'s Fair. Below the Eiffel Tower, built especially for the fair, there are thousands of exhibits from all over the world. But how will Jack and Annie find the magicians in the crowds of people? And who are the magicians anyway? Jack and Annie are about to find out in another adventure filled with history, magic, and amazing surprises!
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Chapter 1 - Four New Magicians
In Mary Pope Osbornes's 35th Magic Tree House book, Night of the New Magicians, Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mysterious mission to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, France. Have you read any of the other "Merlin Mission" books in the series?
The 1889 World's Fair was held in Paris from May 6 to October 31. Known as the Exposition Universelle of 1889, this World’s Fair was the grand opening of the Eiffel Tower. Though not quite finished, visitors could walk up to the second floor balcony. The tower also served as a gateway into the fair, where the latest technology from many cultures was on display. The image below shows the inventions on display at the fair. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Merlin sending Jack and Annie to the 1889 World's Fair?
Chapter 2 - A Living Encyclopedia
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
How is the World's Fair different from the carnival in Venice that Jack and Annie visited on a previous mission?
Chapter 3 - Magic? Magicians?
As you read, pay attention to the personality traits, feelings and actions of the characters in the story. The following video will explain how to identify character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain why the World's Fair is called a "living encyclopedia."
Why is the Eiffel Tower referred to as "Paris's newest miracle"?
Read the highlighted passage and study the illustration of the Eiffel Tower. It is important to pay attention to the illustrations in a story because they reveal details about what you read in the text. Illustrations can also create a mood and highlight important aspects of characters and setting. For example, what is the mood created by the illustration? What details do you notice about the Eiffel Tower that you read about in the text?
Jack and Annie have learned that one of the "magicians" they are looking for is really a famous inventor and not a magician. Are you familiar with Alexander Graham Bell? He was was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. You can see a picture of him with the first telephone below. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 4 - Wizard of Menlo Park
How are Jack and Annie feeling as they walk through the Hall of Machines?
Read the highligted passage. The image below shows Thomas Edison and the phonograph he invented. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain why Thomas Edison is the "Magician of Light."
Chapter 5 - Hellooo?
As you read, pay attention to the meanings of words and phrases in the text and determine if the meanings are literal or non-literal. For example, when the famous inventors in the story are called "magicians" because of their amazing discoveries, that is an example of non-literal language. The following video will explain the difference between literal and non-literal or figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
How do Jack and Annie plan to get rid of the evil sorcerer?
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist. He is best known for the discovery of vaccinations, pasteurization, and proving that germs cause disease. Pasteur is most remembered by the Pasteur Institute which he established in 1887. Today the Pasteur Institute is one of the world leaders in battling infectious diseases. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 6 - Invisible Enemies
Which answer choice does the phrase "invisible enemies" refer to?
As you read, pay attention to the structure of the story. For example, how does each chapter build on the previous chapter? Have you noticed that the chapter titles give a clue about events that will take place in the chapter?
Which problem are Jack and Annie facing as they try to make it to the Eiffel Tower?
Chapter 7 - Start Pedaling!
Every story has a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. When you read, it's important to distinguish your own point of view from that of the narrator or the characters. The following video will explain how to do this. (This annotation contains a video)
Study the illustration below. Describe the setting in the picture and tell how Jack and Annie are feeling as the fly on the bike.
Read the highlighted passage. Do you have any idea who the fourth "magician," the Magician of Iron could be? Make a prediction.
Why must Jack and Annie climb the stairs to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower?
Chapter 8 - Secrets
Read the highlighted passage and think about all of the ways in which the important inventions of Pasteur, Edison and Bell are like "magic."
Which of the following character traits do Jack and Annie reveal as they climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower?
Jack and Annie are excited and nervous to meet the four "magicians." Have you ever met a famous person? If so, how did you feel when you met them? Which of the four "magicians" in the story would you most like to meet?
What is Gustave Eiffel famous for?
Have you noticed any themes or important lessons in the story? Think about each of the "secrets" that the four "magicians" shared in Chapter 8. What did Jack and Annie learn from Mr. Bell, Mr. Pasteur, Mr. Edison and Mr. Eiffel? The following video will explain how to identify a theme or central message in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 9 - The Sorcerer
Jack and Annie have learned four important lessons or "secrets" from the four famous innovators in the story. Which of the four lessons do you think is the most important and why?
In the highlighted passage, Annie is telling Mr. Bell, Mr. Eiffel, Mr. Edison and Mr. Pasteur about some amazing inventions and events from recent history. Cell phones, computers and people walking on the moon sound ridiculous and unimaginable in 1889. What are some inventions that you would like to see in the future? Your ideas may seem impossible now, but with hard work, courage, and powerful thinking they may someday become a reality.
Chapter 10 - Good Night, Magicians!
Which answer choice is the meaning of the highlighted phrase, "They're like magicians in disguise"?
Read the highlighted passage. Have you read any of the other Magic Tree House books where Teddy and Kathleen are present to help Jack and Annie with their missions? Do you think the man and woman who loan Jack and Annie the bike are really Teddy and Kathleen in disguise?
Describe one example that reveals the theme of magic in the story.
Before you read the story and the Author's Note, were you familiar with the works of Mr. Bell, Mr. Edison, Mr. Pasteur and Mr. Eiffel? What new things did you learn about these famous innovators in the story?