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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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From the Mixed files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler is a great book about 2 kids, Claudia and Jamie. They run away from home but they don't travel without a plan. They live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan! Will they get caught, or will they solve one of the biggest mysteries in the museum? I liked this this book because it was fun to see how two kids could possibly survive in such a guarded museum. It was also funny to see how their lifestyle was while they lived at the museum. It actually didn't seem to bad. I would recommend this book to people who like stories about funny children. ( )
  AlexH09 | May 23, 2016 |
This book is about a young girl of the young age of 11, who had a good life, a loving home and loving family but felt like she was not appreciated. She devised a plan to runaway to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but knew that she would only be able to do so with the help of her younger brother. She had some money but he had a lot of money, her brother never spent his money. So after making the trip to the museum and using the limited but resourceful skills that they had by bathing in the fountain, using someones wishes from the wishing well and hiding from employees at night Claudia and her brother Jamie felt right at home in the museum. They explored every inch of the museum and where right at home until they discovered the statue that had recently been brought to the museum. No one knew who the artist was and Claudia and Jamie had to know,they researched and researched and still no luck, so off to the sellers home they when. Mrs. Frankweiler knew they moment that she saw Claudia and Jamie that they were runaways, so they deal was made, they researched her crazy, organized files to find the artists name and she would give them a ride home in her fancy car and upon her passing would leave them the file that their great adventure had taken them on.

I can relate to the book through events in my own life. I have been married and divorced and felt absolutely useless, not appreciated at all. I felt like I had to run away in order to find myself. In the course of my life I have ran away so to speak many times. Every time something would go wrong in my life I would move thinking that I had to find something to fill that void when in reality I just needed to spot, take a breath and look in the mirror and find the one staring back at me.

I can relate this story to my kids by talking about a new item in the class room and how cool it is and how it is the best thing ever but explaining that I don't know anything about it, that I can't use it because I don't know. Explain to the kids that we could go on a super fun scavenger hunt and see if we could find the person who bought it and see if they knew how to use it. Build this person up, talk about the possibilities of the person being a queen or a princess or a super hero and then let the hunt begin. Let the kids talk about the possibilities that the purchaser and the object hold and then once they find the purchaser and realize that it is someone that they see every day, such as a teacher or a coach, talk to them see if they are still excited or if they are disappointed and why? Explain to them that the hunt may have been fun but sometimes the end result isn't that cool, kind of like Claudia and Jamie running away, it was fun for awhile but in the end they still had to go home.
  morgan_817 | Apr 20, 2016 |
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I still found it really fun and different. The main female character, Claudia, has decided to runaway and is going to ask her brother Jamie to come with her. She invites her brother mainly because he has a lot of money that he saved over the years. When she approaches her brother, he is very willing to join and contribute all of his money. The children decide to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They decide that they are going to live in museum 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. ( )
  mb1247 | Apr 5, 2016 |
Award winner and a classic. Captures your attention and the audio version is fun to listen to with great narration. ( )
  deldevries | Apr 1, 2016 |
This book has held up over time. Taps into every child's fantasy of running away and living in a place where people aren't supposed to live. (In this case the Met).
  ClaraN | Mar 10, 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.
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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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