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E. L. Konigsburg (1930–2013)

Author of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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About the Author

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, noted children's writer and illustrator, was born February 10, 1930 in New York City. She received a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1952. She did graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh. Her best-known titles show more included A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, The Second Mrs. Giaconda, Father's Arcane Daughter, and Throwing Shadows. She won the Newbery Honor in 1968 for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and the William Allen White Award in 1970. She won the Newbery Medal again in 1997 for The View from Saturday. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was adapted into a motion picture starring Ingrid Bergman in 1973 and later released as The Hideaways in 1974. It became a television film starring Lauren Bacall in 1995. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was adapted for television as Jennifer and Me for NBC-TV in 1973. She died on April 19, 2013 from complications of a stroke that she had suffered a week prior at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by E. L. Konigsburg

The View from Saturday (1996) 6,202 copies
Silent to the Bone (2000) 1,367 copies
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967) — Cover artist, some editions; Illustrator, some editions — 1,302 copies
The Second Mrs. Gioconda (1975) 1,292 copies
Father's Arcane Daughter (1976) 418 copies
About the B'Nai Bagels (1969) 363 copies
Throwing Shadows (1979) 251 copies
Up from Jericho Tel (1986) 215 copies
Journey to an 800 Number (1982) 211 copies
(george) (1970) 205 copies
Altogether, One at a Time (1971) 172 copies
Caroline? [1990 TV movie] (1997) — Writer — 4 copies

Associated Works

The Secret Garden (1911) — Introduction, some editions — 35,721 copies
A Newbery Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 294 copies
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
To Break the Silence (1986) — Contributor — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge



YA Modern Fiction in Name that Book (July 2016)
What Are You Reading the Week of 7 February 2014? in What Are You Reading Now? (February 2015)


One of my absolute favorite books in elementary school, still remember reading it and how it impacted my thoughts on reading
Ivet5059 | 279 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
Rereading this with my daughter was wonderful! The magic of running away to live in the MET still resonated, but I loved Claudia's journey to understand herself even more than I did as a child. Her exploration of her own motivations will stay with her much longer than her week in the museum. I loved that she and her brother Jamie have such different personalities when it comes to spending money and planning. They are forced to learn how to prioritize and compromise. And Mrs. Frankweiler is just delightful!… (more)
bookworm12 | 279 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
I was underwhelmed by this story of two girls pretending to be witches. There were several smile-inducing situations but for me most of it fell rather flat. This is the second book I've read by this author that just didn't impress me at all, especially considering it was a Newbery Honor winner. Meh.
fuzzi | 24 other reviews | May 1, 2024 |
I didn't like the sarcastic nature of all the characters in this book. I don't disagree that 6th graders may be sarcastic, but reading a book aloud to them that models it for them isn't what I'd like to do as a teacher. I won't be reading this book to the class or placing it in my classroom library. They can find it at the public library if they so wish.
GrowWithMe | 124 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |


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