Books by Marianne Malone

THE SECRET OF THE KEY by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"A disappointing (probable) end to a series that should have been better, given its promising concept. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the concluding Sixty-Eight Rooms adventure, Ruthie and Jack finally recognize the enormous power and great danger that magic can bring. Read full book review >
THE PIRATE'S COIN by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"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)"
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. Read full book review >
STEALING MAGIC by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"A blend of magic, history and mystery for patient readers who want to catch the crook but don't necessarily need a good chase. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Mystery abounds once again in the miniature Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Read full book review >
THE SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

Who hasn't seen the carefully composed exhibits of miniatures at a museum, or even a simple dollhouse, and wondered what it would be like to be small enough to walk inside? First-time author Malone clearly has. Her tale revolves around the magical adventures of two everyday kids, Ruthie and Jack, among the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sixth graders at a prestigious private school, they're best friends and complete opposites. When Jack finds a mysterious key on a class outing, a key that enables Ruthie and anything she touches to shrink, the magic begins. Along the way Jack and Ruthie make friends with some children from the past and discover that others have used the key before them. The author works hard providing background details for adult and child characters alike, but she can't quite manage to breathe life into any of them. As a result, her story seems overlong and contains entirely too many convenient coincidences. That said, her effort may find an enthusiastic audience, for the premise is engaging and the plotting easy to follow. Predictable but pleasant. (Magical adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >