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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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    raizel: Like many others of her books, this one---my favorite---should be read by adults as well as children.

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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 |
I love this book. ( )
  emilyesears | Aug 29, 2016 |
Claudia and her younger brother Jamie run away from home seeking adventure. Since Claudia wanted her adventure to be comfortable, she decided that they would live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While there, she became determined to unravel the mystery of the statue of an angel. ( )
  lilibrarian | Aug 18, 2016 |
From the Mixed- up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is a Newbery Award Winning book. It is about Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, brother and sister. They run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Claudia felt unappreciated by her parents and wanted to prove a point to them and her brother comes with her. They decide to live in the museum and carefully outsmart the guards for a week. They have many adventures inside of the museum and many things amaze them. Except, there is one thing they crave to discover, a sculpture by the name of “Angel.” A controversy and mystery of who sculpted it, that they plan to solve. The children try to find Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who had sold the sculpture to the museum to help find out who created the sculpture.

Personal reaction:
I enjoyed this book. The sibling rivalry was entertaining to read, I grew up with my brother and I can relate to the silly fights. There is a lot of suspense; the story keeps you on your toes, wandering if they will get caught. The illustrations had a lot of feel to them with the dramatic facial expressions and dark grayscale colors. The free hand sketchy style shows a lot of emotion, this emphasizes the plot of wanting to be appreciated, mystery, fear and suspense. The author uses great descriptive literary devices for example, “Your eyes are beautiful. They’re like looking into a kaleidoscope- the way those golden flecks in them keep catching the light.” This is a very well written book for older children to enjoy.

Classroom extensions:
1. Teach the children the importance of family and sticking together. Also teach them the importance of honoring your parents, respecting them and listening to them.
2. Teach children how to count money and how to save money.
3. Have a lesson on teamwork and unity.
4. Teach different form of art and art jargon. ( )
  Robyn7 | Jul 25, 2016 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:48 -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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