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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (original 1967; edition 2002)

by E. L. Konigsburg

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Title:From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Authors:E. L. Konigsburg
Info:Simon Pulse 2002-10-01 (2002), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:grade 5, S-T, realistic fiction

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

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Remembered as one of my childhood favorites (although it was published while I was in HS), possibly re-read when my kids were in middle school. T
he basic trope of "if I run away they'll learn how important I am" is a perennial favorite, and this is an entertaining entry in the genre. However, it is highly dependent on both the time-period and location, and will be as foreign as an SF world to today's readers, and anyone who is not familiar with NYC.
Approached in that SF aspect, it reads smoothly and the protagonist siblings are reasonably authentic (I have been a Cub Scout den leader for going on 20 years, and no 9-year-old boy I know is as clever or adept as the one here, although some might come through in a pinch).
One laugh-getter (common for other now-dated but then-contemporary story) is the prices. Too droll.
The "twist" at the end is fair but cliché.
The "files" hook is lame. ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 16, 2017 |
Claudia decides to run away, but she is not an impromptu kind of girl. She plans meticulously and chooses her brother Jamie to accompany her. She chooses him because he can keep a secret, but mostly because he has cash.

If you haven't read this story yet, or haven't read it to your children or your grandchildren, then stop right now and go get a copy. I fell in love with this book when I was a preteen, and it has lost none of its charm since then. ( )
  MrsLee | Jun 3, 2017 |
This is a story about two young siblings who run away from home to a museum in New York city. This is an entertaining book full of adventure that kids will love!There is lots of descriptive language within the book as well as black and white sketched illustrations to give kids some more context and detail when reading. ( )
  A_Whitney | Apr 28, 2017 |
Twelve year-old Claudia decides to run away from home because her parents are harder on her than her younger brothers, but she also decides to bring her nine year-old brother Jamie along because he likes adventure and he has been saving his allowances his whole life. The pair run away from Connecticut to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, where they study the art movements, join class tours and determine to discover whether or not the museum's new acquisition is a real Michelangelo.

This was one that got by me as a kid. I'd never heard of it until a few years ago. It was written in 1973, which may explain lots of ways in which Claudia and Jamie are unlike any kids of 2016. The siblings both study, spend their time listening to docent lectures and going to the library to do research. They manage their money to make it last, they go to the laundromat and wash their clothes, and finally, brother and sister bathe in front of each other. Name a kid who does these things. Yet it's an entertaining book of adventure and the reader roots that the kids won't be caught. ( )
  mstrust | Dec 6, 2016 |
Very cute and enjoyable read :-)
It must have been a summer reading book from my childhood, which I never read. I would not have enjoyed it at all as a child because I had no experience with going to a museum. Or running away for that matter. Or enjoying the company of my sibling!

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Dec 4, 2016 |
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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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