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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!

©2011 Marianne Malone (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • johanna
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 01-23-12

perfect family road trip book

What did you love best about The Sixty-Eight Rooms?

In anticipation for our trip to Chicago, our family listened to this wonderful book. Kept us (parents and 8 year old) interested and entertained. Best of all was going to the Thorne rooms after having visited them through this wonderful book

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-09-12

Great for family

My 8yo son loved this and wanted me to listen with him. Very enjoyable. We now have another reason to visit Chicago so we can explore the Thorne rooms. He has requested the sequel.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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GREAT FOR AN 8-YEAR-OLD!

I bought this title believing it was for adults. I rather like magic, time travel and romance, but the book is definitely for kids. I have enjoyed other books for kids -- the Harry Potter books and "Little House" series come to mind-- but this one has its limits for an adult. For children living in the tough city of Chicago, these sixth-graders have a lot of freedom, riding public transit and double-crossing their parents. At one point, I believe they took public transit even when neither had money. Maybe they carried student bus passes. I was happy to learn that the little rooms really exist! I was hoping the name of Sophie's diplomat husband would come out. Then the kids could google on their friend's married name and learn how her life went in history. But no.

Well, it's a wonderful book for half-grown kids. There's a lot to talk about between listening parents and children. A bright much younger child could also listen and enjoy as children did with their parents before TV. I won't bother with the sequel.

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Captivating

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What a wonderful and original story. A little on the predictable side but terrifically so. Sent me to the internet daily to see the rooms and finally I had to order the catalogue from the museum.

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I want to go to Chicago!

This work of fiction was a fun listen. I didn't know about the exhibit prior to listening. What a visionary Mrs. James Ward Thorne was. I would think it would not be possible to
recreate due to cost of labor. Marianne Marolne did an excellent writing and Cassandra Campbell's voice was appealing. I think Tweens would really enjoy it. So didI!

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  • Belinda
  • Litchfield Park, AZ, United States
  • 09-17-12

Brings out the child in you!!

Where does The Sixty-Eight Rooms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in my top 20.

What other book might you compare The Sixty-Eight Rooms to and why?

Starlight just bring out the child in me.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What fun they must of had!

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  • Rebecca
  • Roy, UT, United States
  • 08-11-12

Great Family Listen

Where does The Sixty-Eight Rooms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story kept my entire family enthralled on our road trip this summer. Traveling home from vacation can be a chore but my children begged us to not stop so we could continue to listen.

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Good but not great

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This audiobook was good. I felt like it took a long time to set the stage up for the actual story to begin, which made it drag on in places. Once it finally began I found myself enjoying it very much.The narration was great- voice actor was strong. It's a very easy-going tale, not scary, but very intriguing. Not a lot of "action" in this book.<br/>Parents please note that this book DOES have a few swear words, and a few others parts where editing for children is advisable.<br/>Overall, I recommend this book. :)

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Nice Children's book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The time travel should have been a bigger part of the book.

If you???ve listened to books by Marianne Malone before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other books by this author.

What aspect of Cassandra Campbell???s performance would you have changed?

She was just an average reader. I don't know how to improve her.

Do you think The Sixty-Eight Rooms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Children may like a follow up book

Any additional comments?

This would be good for 3rd to 5th grade level

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Loved the book

What did you love best about The Sixty-Eight Rooms?

Great mix of fact and fantasy.

Any additional comments?

Bought the catalog from the Art Institute of Chicago to go with the book. Lots of fun to use as reference. A good book for children as well as adults.