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The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) Paperback – April 5, 2011
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The book imagines two sixth-graders, Ruthie and Jack, who discover a magical key on a field trip to the Thorne Rooms in the Art Institute of Chicago, a famous collection of 68 miniature rooms set in various time periods. The key shrinks Ruthie and Jack down to a size where they can enter the rooms and explore. Even better, it turns out that beyond the room is the entire world of the room's setting: France just a few years before the French Revolution, Mass. during the Salem Witch Trials, etc. The book moves back and forth between Ruthie and Jack's adventures in these worlds, their attempts to sneak into the Art Institute in order to enter the rooms, and their quest in the real world to find out the mysteries behind the Thorne Rooms--who created them and how, where the key came from, how some objects from the Thorne Rooms appear to have entered the real world, and so on. Meanwhile, Jack's mother has some real-world issues of her own to deal with as she's having a hard time selling her artwork and the two of them (Jack and his mom) are in danger of being evicted.
As mentioned, the premise is simply wonderful, combining time travel and Borrowers-type "small-person" adventuring. The problem is, we see almost no adventuring in the worlds outside the Thorne Rooms. We only pop into two of the 68 and for a matter of only a few pages--in total the Thorne Room adventures add up to only about 10 percent of the book.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It's about two kids, Jack and Ruthie, who are best friends. Their school goes on a field trip to the Thorne rooms,where they both fall in love with those tiny worlds.But when they find a small magic key that Ruthie can shrink with, they go back to the Thorne rooms and shrink down (if Ruthie is holding Jack's hand he can shrink too) .Then they sneak into the corridor and have a blast in those magical rooms, but they don't know about all of the dangerous mysteries that lie ahead!
I Iiked it because I am the kinda girl who loves cool, fun adventure books. The main characters were only 2 or 3 years older than me so I can relate to them a little! The kids had to be brave to fight off a cockroach bigger than they were! The book also connected to the real world so it wasn't all fantasy. One example is, Jack's mom Lydia had tax problems, and if it wasn't for Ruthie's parents, Jack and Lydia would have lost their house! It also went over a lot of history, like the French Revolution and the Salem Witch Trials, and how young people can be married so young like Christina Duchess of Milan. She was only 16 when she was married and she was a duchess!!!
Some things I didn't like about it was the characters just magically popped out of nowhere. Then they solved all their problems or made them worse! For example, Ms.Mcvittie just automatically appeared and made Ruthie soup. The rest of the book was awesome though!!!
I would recommend this book to people who love adventures, braveness,mysteries and FUN!!!!!! This is one of my favorite books ever. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting concept but really slow development. Not one I would suggest for a reluctant reader.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought all of the books in this series for grandchildren; I always read the books I plan to give beforehand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen L. Hansen
This series is absolutely wonderful, especially if you are interested in miniatures like I am.Published 5 months ago by THESIMPSONS
More of a 3.5
Ruthie, sixth grader at a private school in Chicago, feels like her life is utterly boring. Read more
I love anything time travel. I recommend this book for 3rd o 5th graders who like fantasy or history. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mom of a preschooler and kindergartener
An adventure to read, even for a grown up. A new place to add to my travel list. What a delightPublished 11 months ago by Pat B-C