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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030797717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307977175
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-6–Jack and Ruthie return for the third book (2013) in the popular series in which the sixth graders are in possession of a magical key that grants them the power to shrink themselves. With this newfound opportunity, they discover a world of secrets in the Thorne Rooms, a collection of miniature rooms on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. They uncover family legends of pride, but also of pain. While Jack finds out that one of his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers escaped from a pirate ship with a pocketful of treasure, their classmate, Kendra, shares a story about an ancestor who escaped from a plantation in South Carolina and became a successful herbalist and healer, only to have her reputation ruined by an unscrupulous businessman who stole the recipes and claimed them as his own. Can Jack and Ruthie use their power of miniaturization to help Kendra's family seek justice? What secrets do the passageways and corridors of the rooms hold? Time travel, mystery, museums, and intrigue are woven into an adventure story that will capture listeners' imaginations. Cassandra Campbell has pitch perfect timing and just enough voice modulation between the different characters to add depth to the story. While the audiobook could be enjoyed on its own, those familiar with the first two volumes will find this volume most enjoyable since it picks up where the action in Stealing Magic (2012, both Random) ended.–Meg Boisseau Allison, Moretown School, Moretown, VTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure series blends multiple topics of fascination to many a reader: miniaturization (think The Borrowers), time travel (think the Magic Tree House), mystery (think Hardy Boys), and secretly trawling a museum behind the scenes (think From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). In this third outing, Jack’s ancestor, from whom he inherits a gold coin, was apparently a seagoing man, and the coin appears to be connected to the adventures the kids have when they make themselves small enough to stroll though the doll-sized, historically decorated Thorne Rooms at Chicago’s Art Institute. The mystery of the coin, and another involving Phoebe, a slave girl the friends met in a previous outing, reveal a new facet of the rooms’ importance: as repositories for vital artifacts. Retrieving one for a classmate related to Phoebe becomes the duo’s mission, even as they discover unwanted consequences. Intriguing, and with enough loose ends to entice readers to further installments, this remains a standout series. Grades 4-6. --Karen Cruze

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Just the type of book to read over a snowy weekend.
Paul Emile Deshchenes
Fascinates my grandchildren after seeing the Thorne Rooms and following the story with the soft-covered Thorne Rooms book from the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Good story and she would recommend this book to any one her age, boy or girl.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicki on June 29, 2013
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This is our favorite of the 68 Room Series yet (it's the 3rd) . My 4th grader plowed through it and it was so fun to answer all the history questions that came up. The illustrations are beautiful too.
Great book, great series!

Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Nicholson on June 20, 2013
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This is the third in the Thorne Room mystery series and my granddaughter says they are her most favorite books. She was so excited to know this one was coming out, we couldn't wait for the paperback and ordered the hardback. Fun, interesting stories with the added intrigue of taking place in the Chicago Art Institutes Thorne Room exhibits, one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen. I bought a book about them for her so she could see the actual room pictures while reading the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booksbooksbooks! on June 12, 2013
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I'm still loving this series! There is not a dull moment and the adventures through history are vividly described. I love the two characters, Ruthie and Jack, and it's a pleasure to get to see them growing up a little through the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Esther on June 7, 2013
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I'm writing here in KST's reviews as a relative, and I'm 10. I've read the entire series so far. This book, the Pirate's Coin, is just as good as the previous two books in the series. The plot is excellent and surprising. Her writing style creates a lot of good visuals. It's just as well written as The Water Castle by Megan Blakemore. If you like that book, you'll love this. The magic was cool, and it wasn't overdone. Can't wait for Marianne Malone's 4th book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Counselor lady on June 8, 2013
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I can't decide if the third book of the 68 Rooms Adventure series is better than the first two or if I'm just getting more and more attached to the main characters, Ruthie and Jack. In either case, I jumped right into the story and was happily ensconced in it until the end. This is such a good story. I especially like the part involving one of Ruthie and Jack's classmates whose ancestor was a slave. The Thorne Rooms contain so much history and that history comes alive in these pages. Ms. Malone has a genuine understanding of how children think and act which makes Jack and Ruthie so believable and loveable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 7, 2013
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I'm 10 and I've read the entire series so far. This book, the Pirate's Coin, is just as good as the previous two books in the series. The plot is excellent and surprising. Her writing style creates a lot of good visuals. It's just as well written as The Water Castle by Megan Blakemore. If you like that book, you'll love this. The magic was cool, and it wasn't overdone. Can't wait for Marianne Malone's 4th book!
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Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

The Pirate’s Coin, the third book in Marianne Malone’s SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS fantasy adventure series for children, is a slight improvement over the first two novels, The Sixty-Eight Rooms and Stealing Magic, which three of us here at FanLit agreed did not meet the potential of Malone’s excellent premise. Readers who haven’t dropped out yet, presumably because they have enjoyed the series so far, should also be pleased with this installment.

Ruthie and Jack just can’t stay away from the Thorne Rooms in the Art Institute of Chicago. This time the plot involves two separate threads that (again) take place in the worlds of two of the Thorne Rooms. One involves a classmate that Ruthie and Jack discover is a descendant of Phoebe, the slave girl they met in Stealing Magic. Because Phoebe learned to write (thanks to Ruthie), she transcribed the recipes for her herbal remedies. These were stolen by mobsters and Phoebe was ruined and disgraced. For their classmate’s family’s sake, Jack and Ruthie set out to clear Phoebe’s name.

The second plot involves the pirate’s coin of the book’s title. When Jack discovers that one of his ancestors was a famous pirate, he goes to 1753 Cape Cod to meet him. In doing so, he changes history in such a way that he was never born. When he returns to the present, he starts to fade away and Ruthie’s memories of him start fading, too. They must go back and try to fix the mess they made, even though they don’t know what they did wrong.

As with the previous novels, The Pirate’s Coin is full of unbelievable coincidences, obvious solutions, and easy resolutions. However, its premise is wonderful, its protagonists are likeable, and the plots might spark a child’s interest in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter B Gawenda on September 16, 2013
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the grandson loves it ant wants to collect pirate cobs... he now wants a metal detector to go to the beach and search for coins....
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