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By Marianne Malone

Enthusiasts of magic, secret, and event will love the third The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure—a excellent subsequent step for children who love the Magic Tree residence series, and perfect for readers who love Chasing Vermeer, The Mixed-Up records of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Wonderstruck. Sixth Graders Ruthie and Jack go back to the artwork Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms. in the course of a faculty presentation, Ruthie and Jack detect that their classmate Kendra is descended from Phoebe Monroe, the younger slave they befriended once they traveled to 19th-century South Carolina. Kendra tells them that in the past her relations misplaced their strong identify and their company promoting natural treatments while mobsters accused them of stealing the recipes! purely Ruthie and Jack recognize the truth--because purely they find out about the key ledger that Phoebe wrote the recipes in in the past! Ruthie and Jack's project to transparent Kendra's identify takes them again to the Thorne Rooms, the place a mysterious outdated coin leads them to 1753 Cape Cod and to Jack's personal ancestor . . . the pirate Jack Norfleet! yet twiddling with heritage might be dangerous! all at once, Jack's very life is in jeopardy! Can Ruthie and Jack locate the facts they should support Kendra? and will they repair the previous and store Jack's destiny . . . earlier than it truly is too late?

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The big apple Times:
"Irresistible."

Chicago Sun-Times:
"Exhilarating."

Chicago Tribune:
"Marianne Malone has tapped right into a myth that's . . . thoroughly universal."


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Katie Hobson and 3 different women waved to Ruthie from the grassy zone numerous yards away. “I will, mother. ” “Are you convinced you're feeling good? ” her mom requested another time. She replied in truth. “I didn’t sleep a lot final evening. yet I’ll be nice. ” It felt unusual in the beginning for Ruthie to be with a brand new team of top pals, yet clean stories have been seeping in—slumber events and homework teams with those ladies, videos and procuring trips—washing away the strangeness. She loved those stories; they have been hot and comfy and enjoyable. and so they have been getting into sharper concentration with brighter shades, whereas Jack’s shades have been fading, his edges changing into gentle and diffuse. The extra bright her new lifestyles tale turned, the paler Jack grew. Ruthie attempted not easy to struggle it, yet this re-creation of her existence lured her. If it hadn’t been for the truth that Jack, in his ghost-like country, was once status shoulder to shoulder along with her, approximately hooked up to her, she may have simply misplaced him altogether. the intense solar appeared to permeate Jack, or even although she may well see him, he solid no shadow whatever at the sidewalk subsequent to him. Ruthie feared with each one passing second that he used to be at risk of disappearing altogether. At 10:25 Jack stated, “Ruthie, the museum opens in 5 mins. we need to pass. ” His voice sounded susceptible and much away, as if it have been coming from the top of an extended tunnel. She virtually resisted leaving, yet Jack opened his palm and enable the coin flash in her face. “C’mon, Ruthie. Now! ” She made an excuse to Katie and the others approximately no longer feeling good and headed around the highway towards the museum. by the point she used to be status in entrance of the bronze lions, Jack used to be nearly fullyyt invisible. She climbed the stairs and entered the foyer. Jack used to be long past. Disoriented, Ruthie puzzled what she was once doing there through herself. Why did I inform Katie and the women I don’t consider good? Why did I depart? Out of the nook of her eye she observed a flash of sunshine. What used to be that? Oh, correct. cross right down to the Thorne Rooms. i must locate … anyone. Ruthie walked down the grand staircase, remembering that the most important used to be in her pocket. Her ordinary path into the rooms used to be transparent in her brain: below a door approximately twenty ft to the fitting of Gallery eleven (far sufficient that she wouldn’t spontaneously cut down) to a locker room utilized by the guards after which lower than one other door that ended in the entry hall. She had the oddest sensation that this used to be the 1st time she had ever entered the rooms this manner. yet that’s impossible, she inspiration. this is often the one manner I’ve ever long gone in. She reached for the foremost in her pocket, wrapping her arms tightly round the hot steel. concurrently she felt anything seize her loose hand. The magic swirled round her, and never in basic terms did she lower to 5 inches yet a hurry of sensations flooded over her. no longer as company as thoughts, however the emotions of them. And as these emotions grew to become more advantageous, Jack seemed subsequent to her, faintly—almost like a hologram—but however seen. “Jack! ” she virtually screamed. “Quick, below the door!

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