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

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  315 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Fans of magic, mystery, and adventure will love the thirdThe Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure—a perfect next step for kids who lovethe Magic Tree House series, and just right for readers who loveChasing Vermeer, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,andWonderstruck.Sixth Graders Ruthie and Jack return to the Art Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms. During a sc ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 14, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Upside of time travel: you have a chance to help someone. Downside: if you change something, your best friend could disappear forever.

The class assignment was to learn something about your ancestors. Jack discovers, through his great Aunt George, that he is related to Jack Northfleet, a pirate. She even sends him a pirate coin that belonged to him. “This was so Jack. He had something to brag about but didn’t.”
Also making a presentation is Kendra, who talks about an ancestor named Phoebe Monroe
May 20, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
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. 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 ancest ...more
What makes these books so much fun is that each has such a distinctive plot. There are threads that run through the series that connect it all, but each book is its own separate adventure. More and more secrets come to light about the Thorne Rooms and the magic within them with each new story, and you just can't wait to learn what will be revealed next. The idea that Ruthie and Jack going into the past could change events was never explored more fully than in this book. It really showed what tim ...more
Fantasy Literature
Oct 21, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
The Pirate’s Coin, the third book in Marianne Malone’s SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS fantasy adventure series for children, is a slight improvement over the first two novels, The Sixty-Eight Rooms and Stealing Magic, which three of us here at FanLit agreed did not meet the potential of Malone’s excellent premise. Readers who haven’t dropped out yet, presumably because they have enjoyed the series so far, should also be pleased with this installment.

Ruthie and Jack just can’t stay away from the Thorne Rooms
Sep 14, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
These books remind me somewhat of the Magic Tree House books but for older kids. I really enjoy the history and adventure in them.
Feb 02, 2014 Nathan added it
Shelves: read-in-2014
4 stars--I love this series for kids! Great adventures and good stories for getting boys to read.
Nov 08, 2013 Lena rated it it was amazing
loved it! I can't wait for their next adventure!
Apr 25, 2014 Jacqui rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Sixty-eight room series. This middle grade novel has two mysteries. One part is Jack has a coin from his ancestors who happen to coincide with one of the rooms in the museum and the other is part of the continuation of the story that happened in the last book involving the slave tag. Items and actions from previous books come to light even though you don’t have to read them to enjoy this one. Both mysteries are solved by going back in time and something drastic happens when ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Amazon Book Description:
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!
In the third adventure of close friends Jack & Ruthie at the Thorne Rooms exhibit in Chicago's Art Institute, things are about to get a little more personal. Ruthie first discovers that a school friend of hers is a descendant of the slave girl Phoebe Monroe - & that her family has been the victim of a terrible tragedy. Kendra's great-grandmother, who was the granddaughter of Phoebe, set up a large business as a purveyor of herbal remedies & mixtures, but she was accused by members of ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 30, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
After their adventures in The Sixty-Eight Rooms and Stealing Magic, Jack and Ruthie are back. They are still interested in having adventures in the rooms (who wouldn't be?), but have a more serious reason to investigate-- during a genealogy project at school, they find out that their friend Kendra is a descendent of a woman who ran a business in the early twentieth century, something rare for an African-American woman at the time. Even though Kenra's ancestor had gotten her formulae from her anc ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Ruthie and Jack are back for another great miniature adventure in the Thorne Rooms located at the Arts Institute of Chicago. They're on an adventure to discover more information about Phoebe Monroe and the pirate Jack Norfleet.

The Pirate's Coin is the third title in the Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure series. It's my favorite so far in the series. The third installment of Ruthie and Jack's escapades involves an individual from previous travels (Phoebe Monroe) and a distant relative of Jack's (Pirate
Kat  Hooper
Oct 28, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
The Pirate’s Coin, the third book in Marianne Malone’s SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS fantasy adventure series for children, is a slight improvement over the first two novels, The Sixty-Eight Rooms and Stealing Magic, which three of us here at FanLit agreed did not meet the potential of Malone’s excellent premise. Readers who haven’t dropped out yet, presumably because they have enjoyed the series so far, should also be pleased with this installment.

Ruthie and Jack just can’t stay away from the Thorne Rooms
Santiago Castillo
Oct 13, 2014 Santiago Castillo rated it it was ok
I hated this book I dont recomened it at all it is a sort of fantasy book with fake and bad writen books. It is a hook that I rea before my NWEA that is why its lexile is low it is 620. The book is a book for younger kids.
Mar 17, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Jack and Ruthie travel back in time to meet Jack's ancestor, a pirate whom he was named after. On his ship, The Clementine, they met him, but realize how dangerous it is to change the past.
Carlotta Harold
Jan 06, 2015 Carlotta Harold rated it it was amazing
i loved this book The Sixty-Eight Rooms (Sixty-Eight Rooms #1) by Marianne Malone
Apr 07, 2015 Kayleen rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first but still interesting to learn about history.
Aug 18, 2014 Cheryl added it
Finally addresses the ol' time travel paradox. About time.
Oct 26, 2015 Christinagarrity rated it really liked it
Just as good as the first two books in the series.
Mar 24, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Feb 19, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Apr 22, 2016 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
really good. great audio.
Aug 06, 2013 Tessa rated it really liked it
My ten year old daughter was so excited to find that Malone had written another of these great books! She liked it just as much as the first one (68 rooms) and can't wait for more. I like them because, apart from being well written, they function as historical fiction and are really very educational. Lots of fun!
Apr 02, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it
Enjoyed all three of the books in this series. My daughter needed to read historical fiction and we both got hooked. The 4th book is coming out in July I think.
This series is a great combination of fun adventure, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, and art-themed fiction for upper-elementary-aged kids. With the main characters being a girl and a boy who are good friends, both boys and girls will enjoy reading these books.
Aug 31, 2013 S.e. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of the three, though they are all very good. The impact of time travel is fleshed out a little more. Again, nice little history lessons are spread throughout the story. This was a pleasure, and I recommend the audio book for family listening.
Feb 06, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
This series was great! It gives period history for different eras in America and also Europe. The plot is unique, but believable. The main characters find a special coin that shrinks them when they are in a museum with special miniature rooms on display
Aug 05, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
The third in the series and Marianne Malone keeps coming up with new twists! In this one, Jack and Ruthie alter history and discover the consequences. They also right a wrong from the past. Cassandra Campbell has such a warm, rich voice. Fabulous!
Jul 08, 2013 ReadingWench added it
Shelves: ebook
I have been anxiously awaiting the audio book of this new Sixty-Eight Room Adventure.

I have tried writing a review of this book, but every time I do, I find it is filled with spoilers.
Sep 05, 2013 Mayrocks rated it really liked it
it was really epic and made my heart pound at times, but for the most part, it was pretty much the same as "Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure" and "The Sixty-Eight Rooms".
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