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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 25, 2007
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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 live in comfort-at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She invited her brother Jamie to go, too, mostly because he was a miser and would have money
The two took up residence in 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 had discovered its maker, a question that baffled even the experts. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler And without her help Claudia might never have found a way to go home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This new copy has an added script about winning the Newbery Award (which is a really cute addition) and has a deckled edge to the physical book. It's a reprint of a wonderful classic and I'll continue to buy it for my friends and their children.
Far from being "encouraged to become a runaway" as some misguided reviewers criticize this story for, I can remember being concerned at how the runaways' family would be impacted by not knowing their fate. This is the type of difficult situation that kids should spend some time thinking about.
The fantasy of the kids living in the museum is just fun. They must find ways to dress, bathe, sleep, and eat, all within the normal resources which would be available to them within the museum, and the story of how they accomplish that life is interesting and entertaining.
Finally there is the mystery of the statue. A beautiful statue with an uncertain provenance, the kids become enamored of it and seek to investigate its origins. Their pursuit of answers proceeds in a logical and entirely believable series of actions which serve to drive the focus of the plot. Whether this type of story will capture the imagination and interest of kids today who are more used to video games is a question I can't answer. I would feel sorry for any kids who can't understand and become intrigued by this story, as it is a good one to spur thinking on several levels.