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Village Books hosts Magic Treehouse Party

Travel back in time with a Magic Tree House Party from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

The party marks this month’s publication of a new “Super Edition” of Mary Pope Osborne’s popular historical fiction series, featuring longer and more detailed storylines for the heroes Jack and Annie, who find themselves in such famous places as Pompeii or the doomed ocean liner Titanic.

“(Osborne) takes what could be horrific moments in history and she makes them accessible to children,” said Claire McElroy-Chesson, kids programming director at Village Books. She said the books are a great way to get young children interested in history.

In the first book, “Danger in the Darkest Hour!” Jack and Annie parachute into Nazi-occupied Normandy in 1944, with the first wave of paratroopers on D-Day.

McElroy-Chesson said she will read from the new book and lead a discussion about fans’ favorite “Magic Tree House” story. There will be a free “passport” document for a scavenger hunt to complete at home.