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The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) Library Binding – February 23, 2010
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Sixth-graders Ruthie and her best friend, Jack, are on a class visit to Chicago’s Art Institute, where they see the famous Thorne Rooms. Filled with incredible miniatures, the rooms, representing different time periods, fascinate Ruthie. When she finds a key that shrinks her and allows her to get inside the rooms, Ruthie wants to return as soon as possible. Jack is a willing partner, and when a way is found to shrink him, too, the adventure really begins. First-time novelist Malone carefully crafts a fantastical story with plenty of real-world elements, including Jack’s mother’s worries as she tries to make a living as an artist and the subplot of a museum security guard, who has lost something important. Jack and Ruthie find it in the rooms, which tie the past and present together. There are contrivances that make accessibility to the adventures possible, but readers will focus on the mystery, the history, and the excitement of being small. Grades 4-6. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Marianne Malone is 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 MarianneMalone.com.
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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!!!
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.