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Saturday, November 19, 2011

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Konigsburg, E.L. (1967). From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum: New York.

Awards: 1968 Newbery Winner    
Annotation: In this mystery novel, eleven-year-old Claudia Kincaid runs away with her younger brother Jamie who is nine-years-old to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City because she feels that her parents don’t appreciate her.

Book Talk: Claudia and Jamie plan their escape to New York City to live in the Metropolitan Museum. They wander around with school groups on field trips learning about all the exhibits and hide in the bathrooms until the museum closes. They bathe and wash their clothes in the fountain and discovered that is covered with coins from people making wishes. They become fascinated with the museums newest exhibit an angle statue suspected to be by Michelangelo. Claudia and Jamie make it their goal to find out who made the statue. Their research leads them to the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Can they find the information they seek? Did Michelangelo sculpt the angle the now resides in the Metropolitan Museum?
 Jacket Illustration by E.L. Konigsburg