The Sixty-Eight Rooms

By Marianne Malone

Hi! Do you like magic? This book has a lot of magic and it’s very interesting!

It starts out with two characters. Their names are Jack and Ruthie. Ruthie feels like Jack is just the luckiest person in the world. He can always get away with things. Ruthie can never get away with things. His mom dresses young; Ruthie’s mom dresses in serious business clothes. Ruthie and Jack are best friends. It all starts when they take a field trip to the Thorne Rooms, a museum. This museum has one thing that Ruthie has always wanted to see – a giant doll house.

When they take the trip to the Thorne Rooms, Jack asks a manager if he can see behind a locked door. The manager, Mr. Bell, tells him it’s okay. He shows Jack behind the door, but it’s nothing but boxes. Then he sees a key. He picks the key up and puts it back down. Jack thinks that he’ll show Ruthie later.

The next day, Ruthie came with Jack to the Throne Rooms. Jack gave Ruthie the key. All of a sudden she felt this warm feeling. Then, Ruthie shrunk! After that, Ruthie dropped the key and she grew back to full size.

Later, they realized it could only happen near the Thorne Rooms and when Jack held onto Ruthie, he would shrink, too. Ruthie realizes that she can crawl into the doll houses and feel what it would feel like to actually live in them. What Ruthie doesn’t know is that every door that looks like it has a painting outside of it is really a whole new world!

What adventures will they have? Will some giant bug come up and eat them on their adventures? Will they ever be able to get out? As I always say, read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to readers who can take one story, remember it, and then go onto another story. It was a bit confusing for me, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a really good book!!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
Yes, of course. Magic always involved some scariness, don’t you think?

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
Do you really think there would be yucky-lovey stuff in a magic book? Because there is not.


I give this book 4 wands.
It was a bit confusing at times, but (like I said above) once you get the hang of it, it’s a really good book!