From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Library Binding – Aug 11 2008
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Claudia is bored. She's ready for a big change, but wants to make sure she does it with style. When she decides to run away, Claudia plans to be a runaway with specific goals: to be comfortable, to be changed, and to be appreciated at home. She carefully appoints a partner (her younger brother), and selects a destination (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), but there are some adventures you simply can't plan in advance. Claudia and her brother Jamie are soon embroiled in an artistic mystery even the experts can't solve, but discovering a solution to this puzzle might just help Claudia find the answer to her personal quest.
Konigsburg's unique story, compelling style, and distinctive line drawings make this Newbery Medal-winner a book readers won't want to put down. Especially for children on the cusp of adolescence, Claudia's desire to be someone and her corresponding search for identity will ring true for those searching for their true selves. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.
Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.
The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I ask my student to read this book as a assignment and give this opinion about this book, most of them love it.Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Leighton
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!!!
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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by R. E. Digati
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by Autumn Norris
I read this as a child and reread it recently for fun. And boy was it fun!Published on June 16 2004 by mCunningham
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! Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Gypsi Phillips Bates
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Ron Atkins