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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marianne Malone Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sixty-Eight Rooms Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307916341
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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! Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/7/2014

    " Cute story. I recommend it for younger readers too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/1/2014

    " Deep within the Art Institute of Chicago is an amazing collection of miniature rooms. Rooms so detailed in their minute decorations as to cause great wonderment as to their creation. On a school field trip to the museum, two children discover a magical key that enables them to shrink down to the perfect size to wander around the display. All is not magic though when they discover that the rooms are doorways into past history. Blend that with a modern day mystery involving a security guard and you have a fabulous adventure story for boys and girls alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. Schmidt | 1/26/2014

    " This book was pretty good, but i felt that it was too short and not a lot happended in the entire book. It had a clever story. I liked that the rooms where magic and that only the girl could shrink and that the boy ha dto sjrink with her help. It was only exciting at a few parts like when the little girl saw her and told her mom who came back to find nothing. I though thta author didn't go into enough description of the rooms though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting book for those that thought it would be cool to shrink and be a little person. A little slow but fun and had some history added in. Reminded me a bit of a more advanced Magic Tree House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anderson's Bookshops | 1/24/2014

    " As a Chicago-area girl, I adored the Thorne Rooms, so reading this book was a fun fantasy for me. The author sprinkles the story with bits of history and a new little world (literally) of exploration. It's a "what if . . ." adventure that re...more Candy said: "As a Chicago-area girl, I adored the Thorne Rooms, so reading this book was a fun fantasy for me. The author sprinkles the story with bits of history and a new little world (literally) of exploration. It's a "what if . . ." adventure that...more As a Chicago-area girl, I adored the Thorne Rooms, so reading this book was a fun fantasy for me. The author sprinkles the story with bits of history and a new little world (literally) of exploration. It's a "what if . . ." adventure that reminded me of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. Size it up for yourself! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/15/2014

    " This would be a good book for 3rd to 5th graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/8/2014

    " it was a really good book, i loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/6/2014

    " This book made me want to visit the rooms. I adore miniatures and dollhouses. Throw in some magic, and it was a captivating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliet | 12/18/2013

    " This book was really fun and full of adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison McDonough | 12/16/2013

    " A delightful story! Now I have to check out the real Thorne Rooms! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/8/2013

    " If you have ever looked at a doll house or other miniature display and wished you were small so you could go in and explore or imagined what it would be like to do so, this book is for you. Not a big draw for older readers, but younger kids will like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Puckett | 11/13/2013

    " GREAT BOOK!!!!! Can't wait for the next one!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Powell | 12/11/2012

    " This has been a favorite book of mine in recent years. I am the sort that loves to imagine myself in the setting of the book and I found it very easy to lose myself in this book. I was very excited to discover that the Art Institute of Chicago has wonderful photos of the rooms online! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/4/2012

    " I am putting this on my list of books to read to the girls. I could read it to them now and they'd enjoy it, but they'll enjoy it even more if I read it before we take another trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. They book is an easy, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/13/2012

    " This was a really good book. It is kind of a cross between The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler (sp?) and The Doll People (both of which I love, too). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 7/10/2012

    " pretty good. little bit of history and smathering of fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Campbell | 6/19/2012

    " My mom read this to me and Nathan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 12/25/2011

    " this is the best book ever!!!! it mixes history with the present and as a reader draws you in!!!!!! i hope it wins the newberry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 6/25/2011

    " Good read for elementary school (grades 4-6). Girls and boys should enjoy this fantasy adventure that follows Ruthie and Jack through the Chicago Art Institute's Thorne Rooms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/5/2011

    " Love this book. Can't wait for the next one to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talie | 5/1/2011

    " I have finished this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/27/2011

    " I am putting this on my list of books to read to the girls. I could read it to them now and they'd enjoy it, but they'll enjoy it even more if I read it before we take another trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. They book is an easy, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kanyinsola | 4/16/2011

    " it was seriously magically intriguing, i just could not put it down.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 4/13/2011

    " this book is a great book that once you start it, you CAN NOT PUT IT DOWN. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/6/2011

    " fun story but not much character development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam I Am | 3/12/2011

    " I love reading about all the different rooms and time periods. I like that the characters become involved with others in the rooms.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Marie | 2/13/2011

    " I probably enjoyed this young adult book more because I love the Thorne rooms in the Art Institute. Reading the book made me want to go see them again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/2/2011

    " I read this with my 9 year old son - a great story! "

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About the Author
MARIANNE MALONE is the mother of three grown children, a former art teacher, and the cofounder of the Campus School Middle School for Girls in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband divide their time between Urbana and Washington, DC. This is her first novel. For Teacher's Guides (including common core tie-ins) and more, visit MarianneMalone.com.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.