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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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I love this story, its possible the source of my Michelangelo obession. I read this book for the first a long time ago and it took me ages to figure out what book it was because I couldn't find anyone who understood what I was talking about until recently and I still love this story. It's creative and fun and a little educational all at the same time, I love the characters and I loved the adventure they go on. I really feel that more people should read this and / or recommend it to someone else ^_^ ( )
  SamCanesi | Feb 5, 2016 |
I read this when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I remember loving it! ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I still found it really fun and different. Claudia has decided to runaway and is going to ask her brother Jamie to come with her. Mainly because he has a lot of money. Where are they going? To the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are going to live there because Claudia likes things clean and nice and living outside would have been much harder. Once in the museum they find a mystery about a statue that was sold by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Claudia decides they cannot go home until the mystery is solved. I really loved the book and found it just as wonderful today as I did growing up. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
Two children run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a week. The details are pretty dated but the adventure is still fun. This is the sort of tale I would have loved as a kid, though it turned out to be a bit more mundane than my fantasy-loving heart would have preferred. Still, a fun one to read, even if I doubt it would hold as much appeal to today's children. ( )
  melydia | Dec 19, 2015 |
I have no idea how this book managed to escape my attention for so long. As a child I was obsessed with the Met due to the movie Don't Eat the Pictures. I couldn't have written a more interesting book for myself.

I loved Koningsburg descriptions of New York and the Met. Claudia and Jamie were such smart and self assured kids. Their voices were so very realistic, I loved thier sibling squables and the way they pulled together when it was nessicary.

The idea of them running off, while it would have appealed to me as a kid, it makes my heart drop now. I'm glad that the book is older and that the kids are definatly of their time. ( )
  sscarllet | Dec 15, 2015 |
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Clayburgh, JillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miner, JanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.
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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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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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