A former president of the Author’s Guild, Mary Pope Osborne is best known for her Magic Tree House Series. She was born on 20 May, 1949 in Oklahoma and is very well travelled. Before becoming an author she worked as a waitress, a travel agent and a medical assistant. She has written picture books, chapter books, biographies and young adult novels.
Her first book Run, Run as Fast as You Can was published in 1982. Having sold over 130 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages, the Magic Tree House series is a phenomenon. Mary’s original plan was to write four adventures, but this soon expanded when she found herself immersed in the exciting world of brother-and-sister duo Jack and Annie. To date, there have been over 55 books in the series. Mary now lives with her husband and shares her time living between New York and Pennsylvania.