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

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

Written by E.L. Konigsburg

Narrated by Jill Clayburgh


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

Written by E.L. Konigsburg

Narrated by Jill Clayburgh

ratings:
4.5/5 (185 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
Released:
Nov 24, 2009
ISBN:
9780743597166
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Description

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie, find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction for a bargain price of $250. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. This quest leads Claudia to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

Released:
Nov 24, 2009
ISBN:
9780743597166
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the Bone, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.



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  • (4/5)
    I remember this being one of my favorite books as a kid, I'm sure I read it several times, but couldn't remember anything about it. So, I decided it was time to read it again. How fun... now I understand why I liked it so much. I even remember taking it to the library and saying "I want more like this one." Art, mystery, adventure, curiosity... what's not to like?
  • (4/5)
    Claudia Kincaid decides to run away from home (no reason ever given) and takes her little brother James along. But she has planned carefully. They will hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art while they are on the lam. The museum has just acquired a smallish marble sculpture of an angel that may or may not be a lost work of Michelangelo. Claudia becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of Angel, which the museum purchased from a wealthy widow, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.Most of the book is filled with the conversations and interactions between Claudia and James. It is those interactions that make the book. But the story is being told, not by one of the children, but by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. One wonders as it goes along how she knows all these minute details about what happened when she wasn't around, but it all is clear in the end.
  • (4/5)
    Hilarious, whimsical, rather unrealistic, but still a ton of fun!
  • (4/5)
    A fabulous tale of children who take up residence in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a time. Especially good for New Yorkers.
  • (5/5)
    Great kids book!
  • (5/5)
    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.