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While growing up in a military family, Mary Pope Osborne lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different Army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. After seeing a good portion of the world and working as a window dresser in Carmel, Calif., a medical assistant in Monterey, Calif., a Russian travel consultant in Washington, D.C., getting married and working as a waitress in Greenwich Village, “out of the blue” she began writing. She has since written more than 100 books, including “Magic Tree House No. 48: A Perfect Time for Pandas” (Random House).