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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
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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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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 |
I read this book, about a brother and sister who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There they discover a clue about a statue under the statue and go on an adventure to find out what it is. If you like realistic fiction and mysteries, you might want to check out this book! ( )
  EGeraci | May 29, 2014 |
Summary: This is a story about a little girl and her brother who end up living in a museum. The book describes their adventures and discoveries during their time there.

This book's content is presented clearly and provides insights for children. The characters in this story were convincing and captivating. This story has a naturally emerging theme and is not stated too obviously for the reader. There is a definite flow to the story and events just unfold in a beautiful way. There is a hopeful tone to the writing that provides the reader with an excitement for what will happen next.

This book is perfect for a class to read. This story is relevant because it is every kid’s dreams to go live in a museum or a store or a mall because of all the adventure that can take place at night. This book would be great for a history lesson.

Reading Level: 4-8
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
Premise was pretty good and the story was entertaining. However, the language and actions of the two main characters, Jamie and Claudia Kincaid, are quite dated. (Ex: The New York Times costs the $0.10). Though the idea of living in a museum captures the imagination, I feel that the author did not incorporate enough of the cool things the children could have done or explored in the Museum. I don't know that kids of this generation would understand a lot of the lingo and behaviour of these children of the 60s. ( )
  edellaporta | May 21, 2014 |
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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.
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"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!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:16 -0400)

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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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