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The Sixty-Eight Roomsby Marianne Malone
Synopses & Reviews
Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic.
Imagine—what if you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?
Fans of Chasing Vermeer, The Doll People, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will be swept up in the magic of this exciting art adventure!
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 ThorneRooms--the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places--and discover their secrets.
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. This is her first novel.
Table of Contents
A better-than-average field trip — What Jack found — Ruthie braves it — Mr. Bell — A second attempt — The plan — Mrs. McVittie — Jack's idea — Sophie — Attacked! — A voice from the past — The uses of duct tape — A boy named Thomas — A wish fulfilled — A surprising discovery — Detective work and ringing bells — A dusty old shop — Solved! — Something left behind.
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