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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Paperback – April 1, 1998
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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!
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
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I thought the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E Frankel wire was not a very good book because they do not have the details and it was the most confusing Noble for children. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a 5th grade student that goes to St. Patrick Catholic school and I had to read this book for school. The book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Natali Richter
This book was very exiting. What I didn't like about it was that it was very confusing. I also think the story was kinda off for most of the book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Susan Crowe
I love this book- but the quality of this particular copy was a little weird. A random chunk of the pages had a corner that hadn't been clipped or something, and there was this... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sara Chaudhary
It was interesting and fun to read. It got more fun when Claudia and Jamie stayed in the museum. I liked it a lot. -CatherinePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
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I liked this book it was little confusing. I love the mystery. I love the details it gave the reader. I love when they are in the bus crammed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by andy powell