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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)

by E. L. Konigsburg

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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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    allisongryski: These books share an imaginative, adventurous quality, with compelling young characters. The plots/settings are very different, but they have some thematic similarities.
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    Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers (jfoster_sf)
    jfoster_sf: Another great book that centers around a museum. This one is about Theo, a girl whose parents are curators. Most of the time her parents get so wrapped up in their work that Theo ends up spending the night in the museum. Her favorite spot? An ancient sarcophagus she keeps handy to protect her from all the evil spirits lurking about the museum at night. Most of the Egyptian items are covered with curses, and Theo is working to remove the curses and protect her parents and the other museum workers from evil. Really fun read!… (more)
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    The Law of Gravity by Johanna Hurwitz (muumi)
    muumi: In The Law of Gravity (aka What Goes Up Must Come Down) Margo Green and her friend Bernie visit the MMA and make sure to search out 'the bed that Claudia slept in, in the movie'. It's quite a suitable literary pilgrimage, because What Goes Up is another delightful book set in Manhattan, with another heroine determined to change her own life.… (more)
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    Father's Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg (raizel)
    raizel: Like many others of her books, this one---my favorite---should be read by adults as well as children.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: While intelligent young people in New York City have unusual adventures that revolve around mysteries -- Liar's Georges spies on neighbors; Claudia hides out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- their observations, conversations, emotions and experiences are entirely convincing.… (more)
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    jbarry: clever children abound
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    jbarry: Smart, witty and clever kids!

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My daughter loved this book when she read it years ago and she always wanted me to read it too. Along comes a prompt so it's a twofer! I can see how enamored a child would be with this book. What a fun concept to live in a museum on your own as a kid! To find a mystery connected to a statue and not be bossed around by parents. Of course, as a parent, this was horrifying! lol! Also, the practical side of my brain was getting too distracted by all the little details that would make what they did, and how they did it, completely impossible. And showering in a fountain? Yuck! So, yes, I'm officially old - I'm quite sure my daughter would still jump in any fountain she saw if I didn't stop her. All in all, it was a cute book and I can see why it's a children's favorite. ( )
  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
One of my favorites from childhood ( )
  dabutkus | Sep 4, 2022 |
This book is a childhood favorite of mine. I decided to re-read it before gifting it. So glad I did. The magic of the book stands the test of time. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
I wish I had discovered this as a child. I find it charming as an adult. At the correct age, I might have found it magical. It's a nice adventure. Somewhat didactic of course, but not overly so. I like what it says about differing values. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 16, 2022 |
One of my all-time favorites. Now THAT'S how to have an adventure. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
E. L. Konigsburgprimary authorall editionscalculated
Clayburgh, JillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drukker, BettienaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miner, JanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thé Tjong-KhingCover artistsecondary 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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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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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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