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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Paperback – April 1, 1998

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Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so 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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E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the BoneThe Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0689711816
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689711817
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 700L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 0.5 x 7.63 inches
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E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Book is classic; don't like the deckled edge, though.
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The book is great; I just wanted to note that it appears this edition has a deckled edge, which I'm not a fan of. If you like that, no problem. If you don't, I'd suggest a diffent copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids
By Joseph R. Meyers on January 25, 2022
I was turned on to this 1967 young adult novel by seeing the wonderful 1973 movie version with Ingrid Bergman on TCM recently.
Friends told me it was based on their favorite book when they were kids so I ordered a copy. So glad I did. Such a charming tale of a Connecticut brother and sister who run away from home and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s an appealing fantasy for adults as well as children (I wonder if the book inspired those overnight at a museum events so popular in recent years).
The story has a mystery element when the girl and boy decide to find out if a recently acquired sculpture was made by Michelangelo. This is where the wealthy Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes in - she sold the piece to the Met (and narrates the story).
The late 1960s NYC atmosphere is wonderful. We follow the kids to the long vanished Automat and other interesting locales.
Now I want to check out other Konigsburg books - it’s no wonder she won the Newberry Medal for this novel.
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