Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stealing Magic: A 68 Room Adventure

Stealing Magic: A 68 Room Adventure

By: Marianne Malone

243 Pages

Ages: 8-12


Ruthie and Jack thought that their adventures in the Thorne Rooms were over . . . until miniatures from the rooms start to disappear. Is it the work of the art thief who's on the loose in Chicago? Or has someone else discovered the secret of the Thorne Rooms' magic? --

The Art Institute Museum in Chicago has had it's share of excitement, and there's more to come. Ruthie and Jack are the children a box of artist Edmund Bell's work. They also found the magic that allows them to shrink and wander the miniature rooms of the Art Institute. When pieces of the rooms begin to disappear and affect the rooms magic, they go in search of answers. What they find is one adventure after another and walks through history.

In the Paris Room, they meet Louise and her family. Being Jewish, they are beginning to feel the rumblings of of Pre-World War II in 1937. Knowing the fate that lies in the years to come, Ruthie and Jack race against time to get the family out of Paris. Do they succeed?

The pair meet Phoebe in the Charleston room. It's Pre-Civil War time, and Phoebe is a slave. Can they do anything for her?

While doing what they can for Louise and Phoebe, the pair also have to find out who is stealing things from the different rooms. Will it be someone they know? Can they return what's been stolen and restore the magic?

This is an absolutely delightful read. Your imagination will have a blast as you read one page after another. Marianne Malone takes you on one adventure after another while making you feel like you're right there among the characters. She turns history into a backdrop and pulls you in before you even know what's hit you.

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