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AUGUST 24, 2010
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
Have you ever looked at a doll house or a shoe box diorama and wondered what it would be like to be able to shrink to a height of five or six inches - small enough to walk into the miniature rooms?  Sixth graders, cautious Ruthie and adventuresome Jack manage to do just that after finding a golden key while visiting the Chicago Art Institute on a field trip.  Several weeks later, careful planning enables them to remain in the museum after hours so that they can visit the miniature historic Thorne rooms at their leisure.  To their surprise, they discover that they are able to travel back into time when they pass behind the rooms.  Meeting young people from ages past enables them to live "historically" for a time and to alter history to some extent.  Solving challenges imposed by their diminutive height, including battling an aggressive cockroach, they are even able to tackle a modern day mystery.  Quickly read, this will engage the interest of fourth through sixth graders.

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