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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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Loved the mystery! Loved the kids! Loved the setting!

I am a sucker for the Newbery Metal Award and Newbery Honor stickers! Sometimes the "lesson" to be learned is presented too cheesily (not very good English, I know). The lessons and morals are valid, but dated in their presentations.

As there are many here who have created an excellent summary of this charming story, While I will not recreate such a summary, I will chime in with the choir! You won't regret the time spent with this story of two run-aways and their mystery solving in the Met.

I recommend this story to ALL ages! I am due for a reread as it is! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
I read this a few years ago to myself, and again this month to my daughters. Newbery Award books sneak up on you. Just when you think "ho-hum, too slow, when are we getting somewhere", you're there. This is a book from when books were about people, not technology or getting ahead or short-lived satisfation. Simply a good book. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
No, I never read it as a kid! I'm glad I did -- it was an enjoyable story and I was intrigued by the details of how the kids actually went about living in the museum.

I listened to an audiobook version, and it was quite good.
1 vote devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Claudia and her brother Jamie runs away from home and decides to live in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

They find out the daily routine of the place and are soon wrapped up in a mystery about a new statue at the museun - whether it is really a genuine Michelangelo or not.

The first Newbery award book that didn't capture my attention. It was the narration that irritated me and also the children without any concern for their parents just running away annoyed me. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Dec 29, 2014 |
This story is about a young girl named Claudia who wants to run away. She runs away to the Metropolitan Museum and has the best adventures.
Coming of age of girls

4-6 ( )
1 vote hatease | Dec 1, 2014 |
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Clayburgh, JillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
"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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