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Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marianne Malone , Greg Call
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Book Description

Ruthie and Jack thought that their adventures in the Thorne Rooms were over . . . until miniatures from the rooms start to disappear. Is it the work of the art thief who's on the loose in Chicago? Or has someone else discovered the secret of the Thorne Rooms' magic? Ruthie and Jack's quest to stop the thief takes them from modern day Chicago to 1937 Paris to antebellum South Carolina. But as more items disappear, including the key that allows them to shrink and access the past worlds, what was once just an adventure becomes a life and death race against the clock. Can Ruthie and Jack catch the thief and help the friends they meet on the way before the magic—and the rooms—are destroyed forever? Fans of magic, mystery, and adventure will love this rollicking sequel to Marianne Malone's The Sixty-Eight Rooms.

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Editorial Reviews

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This sequel to the popular The Sixty-Eight Rooms (2010) begins just a few months after the first book ended. Sixth-graders Ruthie and Jack are just coming down from their adventure at the Art Institute of Chicago’s minature Thorne Rooms. Well, really, inside the Thorne Rooms, as a magic key allowed them to shrink and enter the dollhouse-proportioned spaces. Now the key once more leads them back in time—until it’s stolen. The tension is cranked up even higher as the kids try to help a Jewish girl in 1937 Paris escape the Holocaust and also meet a slave girl in pre–Civil War Charleston. These events may be one too many, causing the magical machinations to become more complicated than ever. Still, there’s a respectable villian, plenty of action, and a nice dose of art and history to keep readers involved. Oh, and magic. Don’t forget the magic. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

MARIANNE MALONE is the mother of three grown children, a former art teacher, and the cofounder of the Campus School Middle School for Girls in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband divide their time between Urbana and Washington, D.C. For Teacher's Guides (including common core tie-ins) and more, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 4113 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book to love January 30, 2012
I loved reading The Sixty-Eight Rooms. When I opened to the first page of the sequel, Stealing Magic, I felt as though I was being reacquainted with friends I hadn't seen for a while. The second installment captures the excitement of the magical adventure that Ruthie and Jack stumbled upon in the first book. A villain has been introduced; items begin to disappear from the Thorne Rooms (the 68 miniature period rooms on permanent display in the Art Institute of Chicago) and not only do our heroes have to figure out who is stealing them, they have to devise a way to stop the thief without exposing the secret magic. Oh, and they help save the life of a Jewish refugee girl in 1937 Paris, and they meet a young slave girl in Charleston South Carolina, before the Civil War. I love how Malone weaves history into the fast paced action, so kids won't even notice they are learning a little something along the way. My young friends enjoy these books, and they are the kind I would have devoured at age 8-10. These books work great for read aloud and for a surprisingly big age range at that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I got an eGalley of this book to review from the publisher. This book is a sequel to Sixty Eight Rooms, which I read last year and really enjoyed. This book was equally fun and I enjoyed the mystery and magic involved. It seems like there will probably be another book following this one.

Ruthie and Jack thought that their adventures in the Throne Rooms were over. But there are still mysteries to be solved. Historical items are being stole from the rooms and Ruthie and Jack are concerned that these disappearance might be connected with an art thief that is running rampant in Chicago. Now they have to figure out if there is an art thief involved or if someone else has discovered the magic of the Sixty-Eight rooms. On their adventure to solve this mystery they will journey to 1937 Paris where they try and save a girl and her family from Nazis and they will solve the mystery of the strange purse that Ruthie got in the last book.

These are such wonderful books. The story is a bit simple and predictable but it is well put together and well written. Ruthie and Jack are smart and fun kids who have a good relationship with their parents and get drawn into the most wonderful mysteries. I loved that they spend more time in the magic Throne Rooms in this book than they did in the last book.

In the course of their adventure Ruthie and Jack learn a lot about history; they get to visit Paris during the Nazi takeover and they get to visit the South when slavery was still in practice. They solve a wonderful mystery and I really enjoyed how a number of little elements from the first book were tied into this story; it was well planned out and well put together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable characters, great read! January 30, 2012
I don't want to give anything away but I have to say that although what I expected to love most about these books was the fantasy of exploring the Chicago Art Institute's Thorne Rooms as a miniature person (I wished SO much that I could as a even now), what I really love most is the main character, Ruthie. She's smart, thoughtful, and curious. She's always trying to do what's right, even when things get complicated, and I LOVE the dream sequences that haunt her as she puts the pieces together. I felt she was very truthfully conceived as a character, as was Pandora Pommeroy, the seemingly perfect-in-every-way interior designer...

I think this book would appeal to both boys and girls in later elementary school because Ruthie is not in the slightest a girly girl and between her and her best friend Jack, there is a lot of really fun and creative problem solving, which I think everyone will enjoy. It's a Bridge to Terabithia / Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / Indian in the Cupboard reading level and adventure level. And it could provide a good bridge to some history lessons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My daughter and her friends positively LOVE "The Sixty-Eight Rooms" adventures. They've all read the books multiple times and the stories have even prompted a few trips to see the rooms at The Art Institute of Chicago. These stories have really sparked the girls' imaginations as they look forward to more titles in the series.

The series inspired my daughter to write a report on Narcissa Niblack Thorne. When she had trouble finding resources for the report, author Marianne Malone was very generous with her time in discussing Thorne's life with this 9 year old. I was very impressed by this effort on Malone's part. It's just that sort of kindness which we see too infrequently in this hectic world and speaks well of Malone not only as a captivating author, but as a fine person.

While her writing alone has done much to inspire my girl, her kindness has elevated her to the position once occupied by J.K. Rowling. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great second for the series February 7, 2012
I read the first of this series (The Sixty-Eight Rooms) to my fourth graders and would highly recommend it for a class or reading on their own. Magic allows best friends Ruthie and Jack to shrink into the historical Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Chicago Art Institute which are magic portals that send them to exciting places in the past. My students enjoyed all the adventure and mystery solving, as well as the historical scene setting which was a fantastic way to tie in history lessons.
Stealing Magic is a great continuation of The Sixty-Eight Rooms. It reads a lot like its precursor however I think there is a bit more time spent in the past which I really enjoyed. Adventures in this book include an especially well described visit to Paris at the dawn of World War II and excitement involving the escape of a German Jewish family. The kids also go to the south before the civil war where they meet an enslaved girl. There is also a mystery that unfolds in the present which I won't reveal.
I really look forward to sharing this with my students who loved the first Sixty-Eight Rooms book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time travel/mystery story for 4th grade up (3rd if a strong...
I love time travel books and mysteries so thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series. I bought copies for my school library along with a book that has photos of the rooms the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by An elementary school librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and a chance to introduce children to the ...
Great book and a chance to introduce children to the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Chicago Art Institute.
Looking forward to the next 3 books.
Published 6 months ago by Barbara A. Bedessem
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of unmet potential
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Published 7 months ago by Kat Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars my Chicago grandchildren love it. We've visited the Thorne rooms...
Well, my Chicago grandchildren love it. We've visited the Thorne rooms several times since they read the book, something I couldn't get them to do before.
Published 7 months ago by artark.kiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We love this series!
Published 8 months ago by quietlyreading
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd - 5th GRADERS
My students will love this. Both male & female can relate and enjoy this book, which is rare. So far, there are 3 books in the series.
Published 11 months ago by Debbie Bickford McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Stealing Magic review
This is part of the 68 Rooms series, and I loved the first book, so I am sure this one will be wonderful as well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pat Calvert
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING:)!!
This book is so good! It tells the story of Jack and Ruthies 2nd adventure in the Thorne rooms. It as magic, mystery, and humor in it! Read more
Published 16 months ago by midnight rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt and careful delivery
This will be a gift so it was important that it arrive in excellent condition -- it did! I am very pleased.
Published 17 months ago by Ruth Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this second installment.
Her books are great reads for all ages. I liked the way she wove world history into her characters. I am looking forward to the next book.
Published 19 months ago by Neesie
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