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  • Published: New York : Random House, c2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 730

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780375857102



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The sixty-eight rooms

by Malone, Marianne.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Malone, Marianne

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Malletts Youth, Traverwood Youth

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Ruthie thinks nothing exciting will ever happen to her until her sixth-grade class visits the Art Institute of Chicago, where she and her best friend Jack discover a magic key that shrinks them to the size of gerbils and allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms--the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places--and discover their secrets.

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kind of tiresome

I found this book kind of tiresome. The premise is interesting: two children find a magic key that allows them to shrink down small enough in order to visit the Thorne Rooms in the Art Institute of Chicago. But their escapades - not to mention all the shrinking and enlarging and traveling across carpet and under doors - gets kind of tiresome. And every now and then Ruthie gets this shivery feeling that leads her one step further into understanding the full implications of what they can do, but also feels plopped in to advance the plot. Then add in a time travel element where they totally violates time travel rules and it gets to be too much. (Although if the people outside the rooms aren't real, does it actually violate those rules? But then again, you get clues that they ARE real. Hmmmm.)

Middle grades readers might find it magical - or maybe kids just beyond The Magic Tree House series, because it felt a bit Jack-and-Annie-esque at times (notice how close the names are? Ruthie and Jack?). Teens would likely be bored.


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