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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (original 1967; edition 2007)

by E.L. Konigsburg

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Title:From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Authors:E.L. Konigsburg
Info:Atheneum (2007), Paperback, 176 pages
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Tags:children's novel, YA novel

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (1967)

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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
I loved this book! It had adventure and mystery. I never read it as a child but as a student teacher I feel it would be a great book for students to read. Since children are the main characters in the book it would be easy for students to relate to the characters. I believe students would be so curious as to what happens next. There is a suspense factor of whether or not they will ever be caught. This would be a good book to suggest students read during silent reading or at home. I would love to read it as a class too! ( )
  HeatherSilva | Sep 23, 2014 |
Fun discussion with my Vintage Book Circle book club. This is the kind of book I loved as a child. Kids going off on their own and doing well. I remember all three times that I've read this book I found myself wishing I could find an angel like the one described in here. This reading I was struck by how technology has made this adventure impossible. Motion sensitive alarms in museums would catch these kids before they could say boo. I was able to suspend disbelief and really enjoy this book. ( )
  njcur | Aug 29, 2014 |
Still one of my favorites. First read when I was young, and I love it everytime I reread. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
Claudia is planning to run away. She wants a different life, than that of the oldest child, with so many responsibilities. Her brother Jamie doesn't know it yet, but she has chosen him to be her companion. One reason she has chosen Jamie, is because he is good with money. Claudia usually spends her money on hot fudge sundaes, but Jamie has saved over twenty dollars.

Claudia plans for them to take a train to New York City, and stay in the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts. Hiding out, being hungry most of the time, and walking in order to save money, the two children experience the adventure of a lifetime. They also get involved in the mystery of an angel statue, which was sold to the museum by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Could the angel statue be a real Michelangelo? Only Mrs. Frankweiler knows for sure ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
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Clayburgh, JillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To David, with love and pluses
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To my lawyer, Saxonberg:

I can't say that I enjoyed your last visit. (Prologue)
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away.
"Secrets are the kind of adventure she needs. Secrets are safe, and they do much to make you different." p.150.
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Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home and go to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where their ingenuity enables them to live in luxury.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689711816, Paperback)

After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits!

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Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

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