The Pirate's Coin (Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures Series #3)

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   Sixth graders Jack and Ruthie return in their third adventure in the Art Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms! During a school presentation, Ruthie and Jack discover that their classmate Kendra is descended from Phoebe Monroe, the young slave they befriended when they traveled to 19th-century South Carolina. Kendra tells them that long ago her family lost their good name and their business selling herbal remedies when mobsters accused them of stealing the recipes! Only Ruthie and Jack know the truth—because only they know ...

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The Pirate's Coin: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure

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Overview

   Sixth graders Jack and Ruthie return in their third adventure in the Art Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms! During a school presentation, Ruthie and Jack discover that their classmate Kendra is descended from Phoebe Monroe, the young slave they befriended when they traveled to 19th-century South Carolina. Kendra tells them that long ago her family lost their good name and their business selling herbal remedies when mobsters accused them of stealing the recipes! Only Ruthie and Jack know the truth—because only they know about the secret ledger that Phoebe wrote the recipes in long ago! Ruthie and Jack's mission to clear Kendra's name takes them back to the Thorne Rooms, where a mysterious old coin leads them to 1753 Cape Cod and to Jack's own ancestor . . . the pirate Jack Norfleet! But playing with history can be dangerous! Suddenly, Jack's very existence is in jeopardy! Can Ruthie and Jack find the proof they need to help Kendra? And can they fix the past and save Jack's future . . . before it's too late?

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Sixth-grade sleuths Jack and Ruthie are no strangers to the magic of the miniature Thorne Rooms, but this time, changing the past may do more harm than good. Through a school genealogy project, Jack and Ruthie learn that a fellow student is distantly related to Phoebe Monroe, the young slave girl whom they met in the previous adventure (Stealing Magic, 2012). As a result of a scandal, later generations of Phoebe's family lost their fortune and their good standing in the community. Jack and Ruthie can clear the family name, but it means shrinking down and locating hidden documents inside the Chicago Art Institute's miniature rooms. Meanwhile, Jack's family history is also intertwined in the Thorne Rooms. An old coin--a piece of eight--leads him to travel back in time to 1753 and meet his ancestor, pirate Jack Norfleet. But suddenly, Jack begins to disappear! Changing history can bring disastrous results. Keeping track of all the magical restrictions, along with the spatial logic required to follow air ducts and specifically placed ladders, can be enough to make readers' heads spin. Add in all of the great-great-great-great-great-great ancestors, plus two parallel yet unconnected storylines, and this magical adventure slows to a crawl. Dedicated Sixty-Eight Rooms readers will have the patience to sift through, but if newcomers to the series start here, they just might abandon ship. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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"The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure series blends multiple topics of fascination to many a reader: miniaturization (think The Borrowers), time travel (think the Magic Tree House), mystery (think Hardy Boys), and secretly trawling a museum behind the scenes (think From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler)...Intriguing." —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307977175
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures Series , #3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 246,440
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARIANNE MALONE is the mother of three grown children, a former art teacher, and cofounder of the Campus School Middle School for Girls in Urbana, Illinois. She is currently working on the fourth Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure. For Teacher's Guides (including common core tie-ins) and more, visit MarianneMalone.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Great

    These books are great! Did you know that the Thorne Rooms are real? I want to go see them because they sound so cool in these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Fun

    The story of making oneself small and going into tiny reproduction old houses full of antiques, that could have been real once ,is exciting. The story is fun and keeps you guessing. I have read the previous books and look forward to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Finnaly

    I CANT BELIVE THEY MADE ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!! THEESE BOOKS ARE SO GOOD!!!!!!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Great book

    Another wonderful 68 rooms book with Ruthie and Jack. With a little confusion part near the end you have to be able to infer why it happened.. ( CLUE: Remember the lady who wants to buy the Clementine) In this book you travel back to meet Jacks ancester who is a pirate. Also who knew that one of Ruthies friends is related to Phobe?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great

    Love this book

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