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The Sixty-Eight Rooms 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 Exquisitely Crafted Miniature Rooms Made In The S By Mrs James Ward Thorne Each Of The 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


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10 thoughts on “The Sixty-Eight Rooms

  1. says:

    Ah, so much promise largely unfulfilled.Ruthie is bored with her life, but becomes captivated by the Throne Rooms when her sixth grade class takes a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago Her friend Jack also appreciates the rooms and has a real sense of adventure When they find a small key that magically shrinks Ruthie to five inches tall the perfect height to explore the Throne Rooms , they devise a plan to hide out in the Art Institute all night so that they can go exploring In add Ah, so much promise largely unfulfilled.Ruthie is bored with her life, but becomes captivated by the Throne Rooms when her sixth grade class takes a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago Her friend Jack also appreciates the rooms and has a real sense of adventure When they find a small key that magically shrinks Ruthie to five inches tall the perfect height to explore the Throne Rooms , they devise a plan to hide out in the Art Institute all night so that they can go exploring In addition to getting to inhabit the miniature rooms, Ruthie and Jack realize that there is real life happening outside the windows and doors of the rooms and they end up exploring Massachusetts at the time of the Salem witch trials, and France just before the Revolution They also learn about Christina, 16th century Duchess of Milan The premise has so much potential Time travel, miniatures, shrinking and magic But, it had a real problem with pacing and development It reminded me very much of an early draft where the author is still trying to figure out the heart of the story, not a polished novel It took way too much time for Jack and Ruthie to actually shrink and go into the rooms, then each historical period got maybe a chapter or two at most so it was hard to really connect to the era or any of the characters they met there Also, the dialogue all felt too modern when they were in the historical times A whole lot of time travel changing history happens, like when they warn their rich French friend that a revolution might be coming or when the Puritan kid sees their flashlight There s also a lot of sneakiness and lying to grown ups that I wasn t too fond of I got the feeling that the author wanted kids to get excited about history, by living it, but I didn t really get why she chose those time periods as it seems like others would beappealing to young readers the medieval rooms with the knights and jousting were glossed over too quickly, IMO The side story about Jack s artist mom having a hard time paying the bills will probably resonate with many kids in today s economy, and while of course I enjoy a happy ending, I m not sure it s especially realistic A few of the side characters, like Jack s Mom and Mrs McVitty, the cool old lady who has a vintage book shop, are well realized but I never really connected with most of the characters I found Jackbelievable interesting than Ruthie For the short six discs, I kept up with this for my commute but I think I would have lost interest had I been reading it at home with other distractions better books around I think I d better read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler soon But, I must say the Thorne Rooms do seem really cool I had never heard of them before this book and now I d love to see them


  2. says:

    This should have been totally stellar I won t beat a dead horse here, the other reviews are saying that the prose is clunky, and they re exactly right Other reviews are saying that the dialog is off, and they re exactly right Most things people are saying about this are correct the writing is very bad I m giving it two stars for imagination I will not be recommending this book to any kids I ll let it find its own way Because while it s true that crummy writing never stopped me from likin This should have been totally stellar I won t beat a dead horse here, the other reviews are saying that the prose is clunky, and they re exactly right Other reviews are saying that the dialog is off, and they re exactly right Most things people are saying about this are correct the writing is very bad I m giving it two stars for imagination I will not be recommending this book to any kids I ll let it find its own way Because while it s true that crummy writing never stopped me from liking a book when I was a kid, it was the strong writing and plot and imagery that stayed with me One of my writing profs always used to talk about sentences that leak They re not tight enough to tell the reader what s happening, or to carry the story along That s what happens in this book It s a huge disappointment, because the idea was great The crap writing and the improbabilities of the book are what screwed it all up for example, the family doesn t have much money, but they apparently live in an apartment somewhere near the Gold Coast The best friend s mom won t be able to make next month s rent, but somehow doesn t realize it until like the third week of that month Ba humbug


  3. says:

    Holy Boring Batman Our school district has this great or could be great idea One District, One Book The idea is the school district will give each family a copy of the same district selected book and have all parents read the book to their kids Could be fun, right Except they keep choosing these horribly boring books Last year it was The Doll People, about doll house dolls that are really alive but have to not let the humans know This year the book was The Sixty Eight Rooms, about kids w Holy Boring Batman Our school district has this great or could be great idea One District, One Book The idea is the school district will give each family a copy of the same district selected book and have all parents read the book to their kids Could be fun, right Except they keep choosing these horribly boring books Last year it was The Doll People, about doll house dolls that are really alive but have to not let the humans know This year the book was The Sixty Eight Rooms, about kids who find a key that shrinks them down to 5 inches tall and they get to explore the Thorne Rooms realistic miniature rooms picture fancy doll house rooms at the Chicago Art Institue.Sense a theme I guess The Sixty Eight Rooms could have been a fun story, but it s like the author has some personal mission to educate 8 year olds on the glories of life as an artist There were long breaks in the story where the characters wouldn t be doing anything but, ummmI don t even know I m sitting here trying to remember what they did but I can t All I know is that they did NOTHING to advance the plot of the story and it drove me crazy Plus, Jack and Ruthie, the 11 year old main characters, are liers They lied to their parents multiple times One biggie they each told their parents they were spending the night at the other s house when in reality they spent the night at the museum The parents almost found out their deception a few times, and the kids had to telllies to keep them from discovering the truth They get away with their lies, never face consequences, and instead get to have magical adventures There were multiple times I had to pause the story and remind my kids that these kids of lies are not okay Oh, and I m all for 11 year old girls and boys being best friends with each other, but spending the night at each others houses The book is 100% innocent, but seriously Why did the school district make us read such a lame o book The kids didn t like it I didn t like it The only thing the kids liked is that I was reading to them Read to your kids But do not read them this book Update So, Mrs Malone came to visit my kids school today, and the daughter of a friend who has been discussing this book with me raised her hand and ask the auther why the kids lied in her story Instead of using the opportunity to teach the kids, guess what she said She told the kids that the lies did not hurt anyone and the kids told the lies because staying at the museum was a once in a lifetime opportunity How disappointing I came back thinking I d lower my rating of the book by a star, but when I got here I d already given it the lowest possible rating


  4. says:

    this is going to be an unnecessarily long review, but the only reason i finished reading this book was because it kept giving mereasons to want to rant about something.i got the galley for this a few months ago the owner of the bookstore gave it to me because she knew i was from chicago and thought i would like a book that takes place at the art institute she was right, i was totally excited i started reading it and had to stop 20 pages in because the prose, especially the dialogue, was this is going to be an unnecessarily long review, but the only reason i finished reading this book was because it kept giving mereasons to want to rant about something.i got the galley for this a few months ago the owner of the bookstore gave it to me because she knew i was from chicago and thought i would like a book that takes place at the art institute she was right, i was totally excited i started reading it and had to stop 20 pages in because the prose, especially the dialogue, was just so clunky every paragraph feels like it could have been cut in half for example, when kids are caught asking for someone to continue throwing a muffin on the school bus I don t think so, said Mrs Biddle, walking down the aisle and holding out her hand for the muffin You guys know the rules no throwing food on the bus or anywhere else really you needed to spell out the rule for them didn t they know the rule and if you re doing it for your reader, give them a little credit i m pretty sure that most kids could figure out exactly what this mysterious rule was that they were breaking also, this is one of the rare instances where the characters don t say the name of the person they re speaking to aloud, which drives me crazy I don t know, which one do you like, Ruthie ugh she knows you re talking to her no one talks like that, and the people who do are super creepy.so i put the book down originally.then, a couple months later, the sales representative from random house comes into the store to talk about books coming out this winter she is incredibly excited about this book oh, i just love it you have to read it, she says so i think maybe i should give it another chance but then i forget about it again.which brings us to last week, when the book was officially released i unpacked the box and for a second thought i was holding a new blue balliett book in my hand the font choice, jacket design, and book layout would all fit in perfectly with balliett s chicago trilogy, and considering the setting of the book i guess i can see where they re coming from kids who liked those books will pick up this book, and the plot summary will seal the deal it s a little sad, though, that the book can t make a place of its own on the shelf that s mostly on the publisher, but malone was asking for it a little a boy and a girl in 6th grade at a fancy private school uncover a mystery while on a class field trip to the art institute of chicgao oh yeah, i ve read that book it s called chasing vermeer but for some reason that was enough to make me want to try it again and now i am here i finished the book, but all of my original complaints about it stand, with the added complaint that there is not really much of a mystery or urgency to the plot 90% of the book is just look i m small and in these small rooms we find out a little bit about how that happened sort of and who else had done it, but that s it the only thing that kept me reading was that i kind of wanted to findthings to complain about.there will be some kids, especially in chicago who have seen the thorne rooms, who will love this book poorly written dialogue never stopped me when i was 10 but when i think about how this manuscript got an agent, and then an editor got hold of it and loved it and revised it, and then a sales rep looked at it and enthusiastically talked it up to the children s book buyer at her local independent book store, i get frustrated when the end product is just so lame again ugh


  5. says:

    I really liked The Sixty Eight Rooms because it is about a girl who find a magical key that has the power to make her shrink to five inches tall Which is helpfull because in a museum there is an exibit with muniture rooms that were made to look like they were from different places in different years that are the perfect size for her to explore when she is shrukin I think it would be really cool to be five inches tall and to get to experience being in a 1940 s French bedroom, or a 1680 s Englis I really liked The Sixty Eight Rooms because it is about a girl who find a magical key that has the power to make her shrink to five inches tall Which is helpfull because in a museum there is an exibit with muniture rooms that were made to look like they were from different places in different years that are the perfect size for her to explore when she is shrukin I think it would be really cool to be five inches tall and to get to experience being in a 1940 s French bedroom, or a 1680 s English kitchen These are just two of the sixty eight amazing rooms The two main characters, Jack and Ruthie, discover truly magical things about the rooms They get to do thing that you wouldn t believe, but I don t want to ruin the surprise I recommend this book to enveryone


  6. says:

    I was highly anticipating this book, as the concept of two eleven year olds, Ruthie and Jack, who discover a mystery behind the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago is an intriguing premise I was hoping this would be a good real alike to either The 39 Clues or Blue Balliet s books However, I found this book to be hopelessly derivative even the cover screamed see how much like Chasing Vermeer I am , the characters to be fairly underdeveloped especially the motivation of R I was highly anticipating this book, as the concept of two eleven year olds, Ruthie and Jack, who discover a mystery behind the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago is an intriguing premise I was hoping this would be a good real alike to either The 39 Clues or Blue Balliet s books However, I found this book to be hopelessly derivative even the cover screamed see how much like Chasing Vermeer I am , the characters to be fairly underdeveloped especially the motivation of Ruthie, the protagonist , the mystery uncompelling, and the ending abrupt I literally had to flip back to the last page of this book after finishing, as I was so confused that I was viewing an Author s Note, rather than an additional chapter However, on the plus side, the author s love for the Thorne Rooms does shine through, and younger readers may be charmed by the magic discovered by Ruthie and Jack For me, though, it fell flat


  7. says:

    Very interesting middle reader book about the Thorne Miniature Rooms found at the Art Institute of Chicago Love the idea of the rooms coming to life and allowing you to explore them with a little magical help.


  8. says:

    Just okay.This book had a ton of potential but the author s writing left much to be desired As a Chicago area native I have been to the Chicago Art Institute on several occasions and the Throne rooms continue to be one of my favorite exhibits although I prefer Colleen Moore s Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry.I love Thumbelina, Honey I shrunk the Kids, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler so when I saw that this book was about kids shrinking down to miniat Just okay.This book had a ton of potential but the author s writing left much to be desired As a Chicago area native I have been to the Chicago Art Institute on several occasions and the Throne rooms continue to be one of my favorite exhibits although I prefer Colleen Moore s Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry.I love Thumbelina, Honey I shrunk the Kids, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler so when I saw that this book was about kids shrinking down to miniature size to play in a museum after dark I was so excited to dive in.Then I started reading.The dialogue is painful, it is stiff and unnatural The descriptions are unimaginative and the plot was weaken by the author s need to set up for a larger story arc The magic of the Thorne Rooms is interesting It went beyond just turning tiny and jumping on canopy beds The children go into different parts of history, French Revolution and the Salem Witch Trials, and meet other children These instances of time travel were by far the most interesting part of the book and really made it worth reading.Of course there are a few Honey I Shrunk the Kids moments like the obligatory ahhh bugs are now giant scene but the history aspect was what made it kind of cool.What would have made it cooler for me is if there wasChicago The setting didn t jump out as being really authentic which is weird because I think that the author grew up here I saw missed opportunities to name drop specifics like neighborhoods or well known eateries It felt like it could have been any metropolitan area Also the author invests too much time outside the museum I get that the author is trying to build up characters and side stories to continue the series but it could have been handled better There were just too many boring scenes that I had to sit through, like when Ruthie s neighbor, Mrs McVittie, makes her soup or when Ruthie and Jack go to a coffee shop for hot chocolate and come up with a plan and then go to Mrs McVittie to discuss the plan and then I hear about the plan again and again Stop wasting my time, focus on the magic Besides, those characters you re investing in are completely flat and boring Jack s mom Lydia is a struggling artist and they might have to lose their house loft, ohhhh how Chicago Guess what view spoiler They don t move, there is a nice tidy solution that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Thorne Rooms or magic hide spoiler Here is a run down of her original charactersRuthie She is our main character She doesn t like sharing a room with her older sister She is best friends with Jack, she is the responsible one.Jack He is Ruthie s best friend He is a carefree and daring history buff but sometimes he needs Ruthie to remind him to do his homework, aw shucks He is artistic and crafty and so cool.Mr Bell An old security guard that used to be a famous photographer but quit because he lost his favorite photo album um okay he has a dead wife so you should instantly love him.Lydia She is Jack s single mom who is barely getting by, heaven forbid we see a single mom who isn t near destitute She is artsy She lets Ruthie call her by her first name.Claire Ruthie s older sister, she is in high school and taking the ACTs She is a neglectful bitch.Ruthie s Parents Um her mom works at her school and speaks French, but that isn t important because there is another character that conveniently speaks French when the kids need something translated Her dad does.something They were pretty much ghost parents.Mrs McVittie She is the one characters that could have been interesting but she is neglected until the plot calls on her to be useful Instead the author just uses her as the sassy stand in old fogey who is in on the action yes, that is a Halloweentown reference Overall, this was just okay Sadly the writing doesn t make the Thorne Rooms come alive, there are great ideas but they are poorly executed Perhaps the author was too focused on setting up a series, but having a second book is no excuse for leaving your reader feeling cheated It is a great concept and I loved the historical fiction aspect but the writing was just so lackluster


  9. says:

    2.5 stars The Sixty Eight Rooms has a really fun premise Sixth graders Ruthie and Jack visit the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, and discover a magic key that enables them to shrink to doll size and explore the rooms up close It turns out that each room opens onto a real landscape from the time it portrays, complete with real people that Ruthie and Jack can interact with I thought this was a great concept, and I remember thinking that Marianne Malone should set a seq 2.5 stars The Sixty Eight Rooms has a really fun premise Sixth graders Ruthie and Jack visit the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, and discover a magic key that enables them to shrink to doll size and explore the rooms up close It turns out that each room opens onto a real landscape from the time it portrays, complete with real people that Ruthie and Jack can interact with I thought this was a great concept, and I remember thinking that Marianne Malone should set a sequel in the Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry.Well, as it turns out, Malone has plenty of room for sequels without ever leaving the Thorne Rooms, by virtue of the fact that Ruthie and Jack barely explore the rooms in this novel I concur with other reviewers that Malone could have done muchwith the setting They do venture into several of the rooms, but much of the page time is devoted instead to logistics such as how to climb from the floor to the rooms while shrunk and to subplots such as Jack s mother s financial crisis.I also found the prose a little stilted, especially the dialogue Part of the problem is that Malone s characters constantly use each other s first names as they talk Another issue is that while many authors skim over the small talk portion of conversations, Malone does not So, the story sometimes bogs down as characters go through the rituals of greeting or thanking each other I m not sure if this is an editing quirk or if it s meant to model etiquette for young readers, but the effect is that Ruthie and Jack come off like idealized kids from a fifties educational film rather than like real kids This is not to say, of course, that kids shouldn t have good manners, just that what works in real speech isn t necessarily effective in written dialogue It wouldn t work if they constantly said um, uh, or like, either.The final complaint I have is possibly my own fault I don t read much middle grade literature I read a lot of YA, but the style and themes are very different between the two genres So, I may be off base when I complain that some of the problems the characters face are resolved much too easily For example, I had trouble believing that the friends meeting with Sophie, an aristocratic girl in 18th century France, changed Sophie s life so profoundly I read this right after finishing the YA novel Before I Fall, which also features a protagonist who goes backward in time and tries to change lives It was extremely difficult for her Even when she had a clear goal, she didn t always know the right way to achieve it Meanwhile, Ruthie and Jack wander into the 1700s, tell Sophie there s going to be a revolution, and voila She instantly believes them, and acts accordingly But as I said, this may be a mismatch between the book and me I m accustomed to books for older readers, and I don t remember for certain whether the books of my childhood hadcomplex plots than this It s likely that some did and some did not The Sixty Eight Rooms was disappointing to me, but I still give Marianne Malone a lot of credit for the cute concept, and also for introducing me to the Thorne Rooms I had not heard of them before reading this novel, and will definitely have a look next time I m in Chicago


  10. says:

    This was a fun, light read It was sort of a From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler meets the Borrowers meets Mary Pope Osborne s Magic Tree House series.Ruthie and Jack go on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, and while there find a key that allows them to shrink and enter the Thorne Room Miniatures While there, they find out they are not the first to enter these roomsI found the Thorne Rooms so fascinating, I had to look them up online Maybe someday I This was a fun, light read It was sort of a From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler meets the Borrowers meets Mary Pope Osborne s Magic Tree House series.Ruthie and Jack go on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, and while there find a key that allows them to shrink and enter the Thorne Room Miniatures While there, they find out they are not the first to enter these roomsI found the Thorne Rooms so fascinating, I had to look them up online Maybe someday I ll get to see them in person


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