Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 36)
Mary Pope Osborne
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Jack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. This time, Merlin has sent them to rescue a beautiful magical creature—the unicorn. But when they land in New York City during the Depression of the 1930s, Jack and Annie are confused. Where will they find a unicorn in a big city?
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desk. She stared at Jack, Annie, and the glowing unicorn that had just come in from the garden. Her mouth opened, and then closed. Dianthus stepped lightly over the wooden floor. Jack and Annie followed him. The museum lady never blinked. As Dianthus walked gracefully past her desk, she reached out and touched him. She gasped and quickly drew back her hand. “Thanks for keeping the museum open today,” said Annie. “And thank Mr. Rockefeller for his gifts.” The museum lady opened and closed her
quacking. Answering cries came from overhead. A flock of ducks was flying through the clear November sky. “Go on, Balor and Grinda!” Annie shouted to the two mallards. “Go with them now!” The mallards quacked at Annie. “Go on!” Jack chimed in. “Fly south for the winter! You’ll have fun! We promise!” The two mallards quacked and flapped their wings. First one and then the other rose off the ground. They flew high into the sky. Jack held his breath as he watched the mallards soar away, flying
south over New York City. Annie put her arms around the unicorn’s neck. Then she rested her head on his silky white mane. “You’re safe now,” she said. “But you have to leave us. I have to show you the way to Camelot. The problem is, I don’t know how to do that.” AH-U-GA! AH-U-GA! Jack looked over at an avenue that bordered the park. A big yellow taxi was parked by the curb. The driver was honking his horn. He waved through the window. “What’s that guy want?” said Annie, sitting up. “I don’t
I’ll show him the way!” “But this poem is really hard to understand,” said Jack. “What kind of research book did Morgan send us?” He picked up the book that had been left for them by Morgan le Fay, the librarian of Camelot. The cover showed a row of skyscrapers. The title was New York City Guide Book, 1938. “New York City?” said Annie. “I love New York City! Remember the great time we had there with Aunt Mallory?” “Yeah, I love it, too,” said Jack. “But why would there be a unicorn in New
off for the Bronx Zoo?” “It’s much further north,” said the girl. “I’ll let you know when we get to the right stop.” “Thanks,” said Jack. The train bumped and creaked along, stopping every couple of minutes. Jack looked out the window and tried to read the name of each station, but sometimes the platforms were too crowded. He was glad the girl in the shawl had promised to help them. Just when Jack was starting to feel warm and a little drowsy, the girl called out, “Your stop’s next!” “Thanks