Malone uses the actual sixty-eight rooms located in the Art Institute of Chicago as the basis of this middle grade fantasy book about two sixth graders who find a magical key that allows them to shrink in size and explore these miniature rooms. Ruthie wanted nothing more in life than adventure, something exciting she could call her own. When she and her friend Jack discover the key to her new adventure, a literal gold key that shrank any female holding it, Ruthie's life will never be the same.
Ruthie and Jack discover a mystery behind the Thorne Rooms, a history of women who have come and gone within the walls of the miniature rooms. They discover a world only few before them have known. For anyone who have actually seen the real Thorn Rooms, this book will bring a creative edge to these wonderfully crafted rooms providing another level of admiration.
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