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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler [Library Binding]

E. L. Konigsburg
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Aug. 11 2008
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped -- right into a mystery that made headlines!
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After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped -- right into a mystery that made headlines! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful treat for wild imaginations June 24 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic and inspiration June 3 2004
The plot of this novel may sound familiar: a young woman and young man, caught inside a museum they cannot leave, are trying to solve the mystery around a secret code they have found on a piece of Renaissance artwork. However, unlike a recent bestseller, this book was intentionally written at a junior high school comprehension level, and by a legitimate author-not some Dandy in a Brown sport coat with few original ideas. (This is not to suggest that hack plagiarized this novel, as though it were his Holy Grail-perhaps little more than a Pendulum swinging through his illumination; or a Legacy he does not acknowledge.)
I first read the book as a child, and now, 25 years later, I remember it fondly as one of those novels that helped shape my way of thinking. When I recently purchased it again, I was just as impressed with the quality of the storytelling. This book should rightly be considered not only one of the classics of young adult literature, but all literature.
Not bogged down with pointless plot twists or predictable betrayals, this book is short, yet dense with imagery. The characters are sympathetic and their reactions to extraordinary circumstances are credible. I would happily read this book six times before I read The DaVinci Code again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure with a bit of art and history May 22 2004
What a fun book! Every child's fantasy is to live in a super-cool place, at least it was mine, and I remember reading this is a child and being SO envious. To live in a museum! Even if for only a week! And to work on the mystery of an statue! Wow! I loved it.
Happily enough, the magic had not worn off when I re-read it today. In Claudia and James, Konigsburg has created real kids, with real emotions and actions. The plot is exciting enough to hold attention, while still maintaining a sense of "this could've really happened!".
There was no moral lesson to be learned it this book--Claudia and James run away and nothing bad happens to them. Matter of fact, they succeed and are rewarded. For that reason, I suppose a bit of parental reminding that running away is dangerous and wouldn't happen like it does in books might be advisable.
Otherwise, it's an enjoyable read for adults and children alike and just might stir up an interest in art and museums. Books that encourage kids to have an interest history or art (like The Egypt Game) need to be recommended as highly as possible. This one will stir the imagination of any receptive child and might start a life-long enthusiasm--it was one of the starting blocks for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse Back into Childhood! April 17 2004
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I was browsing through Amazon while remembering my childhood reading assignments. I hated most books I was forced to read in elementary school, with a few notable exceptions, this being the highest one. I hold this book as an all-time favorite, and it makes me feel priviledged to have been accquainted with such a fantastic world created by E.L. Konigsburg through schooling.
In the story From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the reader gets to imagine the wonders of what it would be like to not only run away from home (a thought that every child has at least once) but also to escape to such a world of beauty that does, in fact, exist. Living in New Jersey, I frequent the Met and it is quite spectacular! For the children to spend their days at the museum blending in with class field trips and learning all on their own about the wonderful world of art. They not only gain a vast amount of knowledge, but they do it in a way that piques their curiosity so they have no other choice but to learn more.
The wonderful style of writing and the captivity the author holds the reader in only adds to this educational and light, quick read. A pleasure for readers of any ages. I would, now at 18 yrs old, pick up this book yet again, amidst my DaVinci Code's and Timeline's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding out in the museum
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,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by onlygoodbooksplease
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Adventurous Book!!!
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Jong Uk
4.0 out of 5 stars 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. Read more
Published on March 13 2007 by Mus12
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!
The book was very good. I think this book was wrote it very well.
If you want to know the story or learn something about MET museum buy it! It's worth it!!!
Published on Jan. 27 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless entertaining adventure
I read this book almost 30 years ago and loved it, I've bought copies for my friend's children and it's always a hit. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by R. E. Digati
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent
I first read this book in fifth grade. The entire Literature class was assigned to it, so we read it bit by bit during the day, and I couldn't stand waiting to know what would... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Autumn Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I read this as a child and reread it recently for fun. And boy was it fun!
Published on June 16 2004 by mCunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and Art
The Mixed up Files is a strange title for a book about two kids that run away. But getting over that small detail, the story is interesting and it was fun to follow the kids in... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Ron Atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars My Take on the Kincaids
Claudia and Jamie Kincaid run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. They hope to go back home and be different. They have found a statue called "Angel. Read more
Published on May 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Miss Mancini's Reading Class
We truly enjoyed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. It was a delightful book of two kids, Claudia and Jamie, who escaped to the Met. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Miss Mancini's Class
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