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The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) Kindle Edition
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A boy and a girl are the central characters in both books.
Mixed Up Files takes place in the Met. Museum of Art in New York and in this book the Art Institute.
Staying away from home:
Mixed Up Files-The children stay for a week, in this book the children stay overnight.
Food in pockets:
Mixed Up Files: There is a part in which the children make an issue out of stuffing/hiding food in various pockets of their clothing, the same happens in this book.
Eccentric older woman as a key figure in the story:
Mixed-Up Files: Mrs. Frankweiler an eccentric woman with lots of antiques in her home, with this book Mrs. McVittie an eccentric woman with lots of antiques in her shop.
Older woman helping young lady achieve her dreams
Mrs. Frankeiler helps Claudia, Mrs. McVittie helps Ruthie.
Central girl wanting to be special:
Claudia finds Angel to be such a person, and Ruthie sleeps in the Thorne rooms and has an adventure to feel special.
The museum quality/antique bed:
Claudia insists on sleeping in a very beautiful European bed in the Mixed Up Files, Ruthie sleeps in a very beautiful French bed in this book.
In the Mixed-Up Files Jamie walks out of the washroom after hiding and a janitor asks him where he came from. He replied, "My mother told me I came from heaven". In this book the children get caught sneaking out of the Thorn Rooms after closing and are asked where they came from. They replied, "We were in the Thorne Rooms!"
Claudia and Jamie do loads of research in a New York library to find out about Angel in Mixed Up Files. Ruthie and Jack do copious amounts of research in the Art Institute library/research center to find out about French history with clues to the Thorne Rooms French rooms.
Mixed Up Files: Children solve a mystery of who created "Angel", in this book the children solve a mystery to see who created a key, the objects in the Thorne rooms mainly a book and a model ship.
Gift at the end:
Claudia will receive the piece or parchment bequeathed to her from Mrs. Frankweiler when she passes on telling the world about the Angel. Mrs. McVittie gives Ruthie a special vintage purse that could have some powers, but we are not certain of that. There is a hint.
I could go on for several more issues, but you get the picture. I just wish the book was shorter with better editing, less tedious elements of shrinking and expanding over and over again and less dupes for the original classic.
I gave it 3 stars because in some ways it would make the most awesome scavenger hunt for students to locate these items if they were to attend the Art Institute's Thorne Rooms. However, there are too many similarities between the two books to call this 100% original.
Much of the story focuses on the practical questions of how the children can get into the museum and the rooms without being discovered. These indeed are the types of questions that an inquiring child would well be likely to ask. They are also the questions that obviously bedeviled the author as she thought her way through her plot. Some of us might have wished that more time was spent on the adventures that occurred once they entered the rooms and using these as history educational tools. But all in all, I thought it was a delightful, imaginative, story.
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