The Sixty-Eight Rooms
by Marianne Malone
Illustrated by Greg Call
Even though she grew up in Chicago, Ruthie had never seen the Thorne Rooms at the Chicago
Art Institute. When she finally gets her first glimpse during a field trip, Ruthie falls in love.
She dreams of walking around in exquisite rooms and sleeping in tiny beds such as this, but she
knows thatís something she can do only in her imagination. Or is it? When she and her best friend
Jack discover a magic key that allows her to shrink to five inches tall, she knows this is her
chance to do exactly as she had imagined—and she realizes that amazing adventures come
when you least expect them.
The plot of this book takes a number of surprising twists and turns, bringing characters into
the magic when you least expect them. Also, the rooms themselves definitely become as much a
character as Ruthie and Jack. I believe young readers will enjoy the children's ingenuity as
they tackle the problems that come with shrinking to five inches tall. For any girl who has
ever peeked into a dollhouse and wished she could walk around inside—this book is a
dream come true.
NOTE: Reviewer Jan
Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of
stories and articles for the children's magazine market.