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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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I love this book. ( )
  emilyesears | Aug 29, 2016 |
Claudia and her younger brother Jamie run away from home seeking adventure. Since Claudia wanted her adventure to be comfortable, she decided that they would live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While there, she became determined to unravel the mystery of the statue of an angel. ( )
  lilibrarian | Aug 18, 2016 |
From the Mixed- up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is a Newbery Award Winning book. It is about Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, brother and sister. They run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Claudia felt unappreciated by her parents and wanted to prove a point to them and her brother comes with her. They decide to live in the museum and carefully outsmart the guards for a week. They have many adventures inside of the museum and many things amaze them. Except, there is one thing they crave to discover, a sculpture by the name of “Angel.” A controversy and mystery of who sculpted it, that they plan to solve. The children try to find Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who had sold the sculpture to the museum to help find out who created the sculpture.

Personal reaction:
I enjoyed this book. The sibling rivalry was entertaining to read, I grew up with my brother and I can relate to the silly fights. There is a lot of suspense; the story keeps you on your toes, wandering if they will get caught. The illustrations had a lot of feel to them with the dramatic facial expressions and dark grayscale colors. The free hand sketchy style shows a lot of emotion, this emphasizes the plot of wanting to be appreciated, mystery, fear and suspense. The author uses great descriptive literary devices for example, “Your eyes are beautiful. They’re like looking into a kaleidoscope- the way those golden flecks in them keep catching the light.” This is a very well written book for older children to enjoy.

Classroom extensions:
1. Teach the children the importance of family and sticking together. Also teach them the importance of honoring your parents, respecting them and listening to them.
2. Teach children how to count money and how to save money.
3. Have a lesson on teamwork and unity.
4. Teach different form of art and art jargon. ( )
  Robyn7 | Jul 25, 2016 |
I haven't read this book since I was a kid, but it's one I remember loving when I was younger (who wouldn't want to run away and live in a museum? I slept overnight in a museum once with my girl scout troop and it was so much fun!). I also remember loving the movie based off the book. From internet research, I have discovered that everyone seems to hate the movie version I saw. I also discovered that my favorite part of the (apparently terrible) movie isn't in the book at all! This was all a great shock to me, I'll tell you! My childhood was just flipped upside-down! LOL

As for the book this time around, it was a lot of fun. The children were definitely my focus when I was a kid, but now that I'm an adult, I enjoyed things both from Mrs. Frankweiler's perspective and the children's as well. And the little twist at the end was quite lovely (something I didn't remember). I loved the careful, detailed planning that went into the successful running away attempt. No one could have pulled it off the way Claudia and her brother, Jamie, did. It was fun to watch them figure things out like how to elude the museum guards, how to pay for meals, and where to sleep at night (thank goodness for comfortable, historic old beds!). All over again, I was wrapped up in the mystery of the Angel sculpture--who created her, really?

I was so happy to find this stood up to the test of time (even if my favorite bit apparently doesn't exist in it). I would happily go on the adventure again with them in the future, too. ( )
  katekintail | Jul 9, 2016 |
It's a different experience, reading this as an adult, with a lot more books under my belt. Two things stood out for me this time - 1. why did they never have to dodge the janitor, esp. of the bathroom? and 2. what kind of story would it have been without the mystery of the Angel & could a simpler story about a couple of runaways, one seeking to Become and one seeking a little adventure, have been successful?

In fact, if you know a good story about kids who run away more from issues of the psyche than from abuse, please comment below. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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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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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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