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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689711816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689711817
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jong Uk on Jan. 12 2012
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The book, "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is a great one. Though it is short, it has illustrations and is adventurous. It doesn't have the "adult" type of adventure, but the "child" type of adventure. It was very interesting for me to read, and I loved it. There are two children that flee their home to live at... (I'm so sorry that I cannot give away the ending, or else you won't want to read it.)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mus12 on March 13 2007
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FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER

If you like adventure, suspense and perhaps a touch of survival you'll love this book.

Claudia Kincaid wants to be seen and thought of differently. So she decides to run away and what better place to go than the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but Claudia doesn't want to go alone. She wants to go with her younger brother Jamie. Now, Claudia and Jamie need to solve a mystery about an old statue and survive without running out of money. Can they? Or will they have to turn themselves in?

There are three key themes in this book. They are survival, bravery, and planning.

Survival is shown because Jamie and Claudia are surviving in the Metropolitan Museum of Art without anyone knowing where they are. They also have to get there own food. They're basically taking care of themselves!

Bravery, in the book Claudia and Jamie are being really brave to run away all the way to New York from their home.

The only way Claudia and Jamie can survive still solving angels mystery is to plan out first so they don't make bad choices that they might strongly regret later.

I really like the author style of this book; it may be the way it all falls together. First when I looked at the book and the cover without actually reading it I wasn't very interested. Then I actually read it and found that out it was really good! The author fills the pages with twists and turns and cliffhangers, just making you want to read on.

The book is written in the third person. It's told by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, she is a character that buys art and also helps the kids get back home. The author uses really great leads and the end of the chapters make you want to read on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QUEEN_OF_EVERYTHING on June 24 2004
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Claudia feels underappreciated in her suburban household - a thing all children have most likely felt during at least one time or another. Here, Konigsburgs writes of these feelings with brutal honesty and frankness. Because Claudia is not an only child, it almost seems as if to her, and to readers, that there isn't enough love and attention to go around. Unjustly so, the poor girl frequently gets caught up in chore after chore while her siblings are off the hook.
So she will run away and teach them all a lesson in "Claudia appreciation." The Metropolitan Musuem of Art will become her grandiose and excitingly fantastic home away from home, so to speak. And younger brother Jamie will accompany her, mainly because he has saved every single penny since birth and will have money, just what Claudia needs. Yet to say she's using her younger bro merely for financial purposes would be unjust. I believe Claudia truly wants and needs the companionship.
The highlight of their one-week vacation is a mysterious and ethereal statue of an angel, titled as such. It is oh-so mysterious because everyone is unsure of the statue's creator. Some believe it to be the renown Michelangelo - but it has yet to be confirmed and 12 year-old Claudia is incessantly in awe of thee angel's beauty. She knows she cannot go home until she uncovers the secret of the statue and that will mean having to get in contact with a total stranger, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who is the statue's previous owner. And if she refuses to help Claudia solve the mystery on her mind, she and Jamie may never get home.
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER, first published in 1967, has been capturing the attention of children everywhere.
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This book had a profound effect on my childhood. Like many good adventure stories, it demonstrates that children can enter worlds seldom considered by adults, and survive--happily, safely, and with adequate funds.
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By mCunningham on June 16 2004
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I read this as a child and reread it recently for fun. And boy was it fun!
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 2 2000
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My mother bought me this book when I was seven years old. She gave me a brief synopsis -- a brother and sister run away and live in the museum. Naturally, my curiosity was fully aroused and I just had to read this book! I did and loved it! I read it several times from ages 7 - 9. To this day, I can remember the goosebumps I had from reading about Claudia and Jamie remaining on the school bus, ready to sneak off to the train station. I laughed aloud at the thought of them taking a bath in the museum fountain. They were the most original, the most resourceful and by far and away the most interesting and captivating runaways ever to grace the pages of literature. I still have my old copy from my childhood. It is something I will always treasure.
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