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Midnight on the Moon

Book #

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Sunset of the Sabertooth


Dolphins at Daybreak


Rescuing Morgan

Publication date

October 29, 1996

Time setting


Place setting

Sea of Tranquility, The Moon

Internal chronology

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Midnight on the Moon is the eighth installment in the Magic Tree House series. The book is preceded by Sunset of the Sabertooth and succeded by Dolphins at Daybreak.


Jack and Annie go foward in time and explore the moon.

Jack is eight-years-old. Annie is seven-years-old. Jack lives in a world of facts. He carries a notebook and book in his backpack to record and read facts. Annie is more in tune with the world’s beauty and wonder.

In Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 there is a spell on Morgan le Fay. Morgan is a librarian from Camelot. She gave the siblings the magic tree house. Jack and Annie have to find the final item of four to end the nasty spell. The Frog Creek Kids, with Peanut (a mouse), travel to the moon.

The magic tree house lands in a space motel. The Frog Creek Kids are curious about the building and the surrounding area. There is no one there to answer their many questions. Jack removes his moon book from his backpack. The book plus the motel’s maps and posters answers some of their questions.

Readers of the early chapter book series learn of the lack of gravity and oxygen on the moon. They learn one day on the moon equals fourteen Earth days. Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 has more fun facts about the moon.

Jack and Annie help each other to don space suits. They explore the moon. The moon is a colorless, barren place. There are gray rocks and craters. Dust is everywhere, but there is no breeze, so the dust remains where it lay. Jack and Annie find a moon buggy. The pair goes on a wild ride on the moon surface. Jack and Annie view the American flag left by the astronauts during their moon exploration. They meet a mysterious moon man, as well. Best of all, the children find the final item needed to break the spell on their friend. The kids discover that Peanut is Morgan.

Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 has plenty of action to keep children’s interest. The chapters are short. The text is bold and easy to read. The sketches give the young reader visual clues to each chapter’s text. This Magic Tree House book is on par with the other books in the series.

Notes on time and place settings

  • This is first and only adventure in which Jack and Annie visit the future.
  • The research guide explains that the moon base they stay in was built in 2032. This may actually correspond to the Lunar Outpost, which NASA plans to construct between 2024 and 2037.
  • Although the moon base is unoccupied, the research guide explains that it is still fully operational.
  • As technology accelerates, however, the base will become obsolete when antimatter engines are developed. This technology will be developed around 2067 according to some estimates.
  • Jack and Annie both spot the first American flag on the Moon, which proves that they landed in the Sea of Tranquility.
  • In terms of Internal Chronology, this probably takes place the same night as their previous adventure, Sunset of the Sabertooth. This adventure also took place during a full moon, being the only story to mention the phase of the moon.

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