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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Paperback – April 1, 1998
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After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls' school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.
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Claudia is in fact rebelling against the monotony of her life, unfair distribution of labor, limited television choices and low allowance.
Ever the organizer, she carefully formulates a master plan to escape to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enlists her middle brother Jamie to join her. Of course, there are very practical reasons that Jamie was the chosen one, and after Claudia tears down his defenses, he becomes a willing accomplice.
The story tells of their grand adventure, and how they were able to survive undetected inside the Met for a whole week. While there, they take the opportunity to learn new things, and become captivated by the newest exhibit, a marble angel that may just be a genuine Michelangelo sculpture.
There and then, Claudia resolves to solve the mystery before returning home, but unfortunately, finances are running low and time is running out for the fugitives.
Through dogged determination, they use the last of their resources to locate the former owner of the angel, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the lady of the title and narrator of the story. After winning the good lady's favorable consideration, they negotiate a deal with her, the outcome of which decides the success or failure of their adventure.
A charming story, with a little educational material sneakily tucked between the paragraphs. A good book for children with enquiring minds, and a useful tool when planning your next family or school trip to the Met.
Amanda Richards, January 13, 2005
There are very few things I disliked about this book, and there is everything to love about it. Claudia and Jamie allowed me to vicariously experience running away from home. (but don't worry parents, your kids will probably not run away because of the book) I felt like I was right there with them. I wish I could live with Mrs. Frankweiler. The story is so realistic and timeless that it sounds as if it could occur today. It is full of edge-of-your-seat suspense and mystery. It also inspired me to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the future.
Overall, you can't go wrong with this book. It will delight and resonate with people of all ages. I strongly reccomend it. Treat yourself to "Files" right now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book is in great condition. My daughter is reading this for school and got a second copy to make it easier to follow along.Published 20 hours ago by JB23
Sweet romp for children and adults alike. I loved the relationship of the the sister and brother and their adventures.Published 16 days ago by Christine C.
It was a wonderful book......I have audible so I read and listened. It was just grand.Published 18 days ago by Connie K.
This is my favorite book from childhood. I have bought several copies throughout my life and buy them for my friends' kids. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Maerling
Awesome story I read as a child and am now sharing with my grandchildrenPublished 1 month ago by Stacy
I ordered 4 books to add to my classroom set. The edges of the pages in the books are rugged and hard to grasp and turn. The cover is exceptionally nice.Published 1 month ago by Jessica