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

Written by E. L. Konigsburg

Narrated by Jill Clayburgh

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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.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateNov 24, 2009
ISBN9780743597166
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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E. L. Konigsburg

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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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Hilarious, whimsical, rather unrealistic, but still a ton of fun!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I love this book.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn't like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere. To a large place, a comfortable place, an indoor place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.-Chapter 1 I loved this book as a kid. I remember thinking how amazing it would be to live in a museum or even a department store. This book actually holds up over time. It was fun to read and I was rooting for Claudia and Jamie.Claudia is a strong character and she fits in my grad school paper perfectly. She knows what she wants and she is determined to get it. Recommended to:Grades 3-5, girls and boys who like a realistic adventure.