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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler | [E. L. Konigsburg]

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along.
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Publisher's Summary

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere; she wants to run to somewhere - to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction for a bargain price of $250. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Or is it? Claudia is determined to find out.

This quest leads Claudia to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

©2007 E.L. Konigsburg; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie....Such is the impact of timeless novels...they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale." (Amazon.com review)

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    Bonny 04-28-13
    Bonny 04-28-13 Member Since 2009

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "How to be different on the inside, where it counts"

    I read this book as a child, loved it, and had wonderful memories of the excitement, mystery, and thrills that E.L. Konigsburg gave to Claudia and James. Like every other child that has read the book, I was jealous and dreamed of planning, saving, and running away to the Metropolitan Museum. When I heard that E.L. Konigsburg had passed away, I decided to reread the book. I hadn't thought about how different this rereading might be, 45 years later, but if anything I'm even more convinced that this is one of the best works of fiction ever, for children and adults. When I read this as a child, the poignancy of the ending went over my head, but as an adult and mother, this really stands out for me now. I'm not going to spoil it by spelling it out, but just want to say that this book is about so much more than running away, the Metropolitan Museum, and Michelangelo, and well worth listening to by children AND adults.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christi 01-24-13
    Christi 01-24-13

    mom x5...married to best friend...cultivating a culture of book-loving.

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    "Entertaining to all four of my kids"
    Would you consider the audio edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to be better than the print version?

    We listened to this on a road trip with my 5yr old, 7yr old, 10 yr old and 13yr old in the car. Everyone enjoyed it! Great story and great performance!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-15-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "fun kids classic"

    don't remember if i read this as a kid or i missed it but it is very fun and a little more advanced than i thought it would be. some serious issues but on the whole of a simpler time. a little bit of a kid's detective story and adventure. definitely some things that would have to be discussed with little kids in todays society (run aways and hiding out and parents side of things). still good and does show kids using imaginations and thinking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Avins 07-16-13
    A. Avins 07-16-13

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    "A Real WINNER of a Listen for my 8 year old"

    My daughter is 8 1/2 years old and got into listening to audio books a couple years ago, but she no longer wanted to listen to "baby" books (character animals, not people). I searched and choose this book because it didn't sound like anybody was dying in the book, or getting hurt.

    I liked it because it was a mystery, searching for clues, and as my daughter says, a real good adventure. She loved this book and still has not stopped talking about parts of the story. She totally got wrapped into the story an told everyone about it that would listen. As she tells me, it was also very educational, learning about the museum and New York. She loved the characters in the story, and it has to be a 5* for us, as she's listening to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States 03-25-13
    Kim Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A Childhood Favorite"
    If you could sum up From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in three words, what would they be?

    A Grand Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book as an adult. As a child, it was one of my favorites. I dreamed of living the that museum and hiding in the bathroom stalls at closing time. What a grand adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Clearwater, FL, United States 10-08-12
    Rebecca Clearwater, FL, United States 10-08-12
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    "Studying to be a teacher"
    What made the experience of listening to From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun adventure for kids. From a teachers perspective I appreciate how the author sprinkles a variety of educational content (from math, english/grammar to social studies and art) throughout the story. This way the book can be used as a read aloud and then referred to throughout the day when teaching other subjects.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many great parts, so it is hard to pick just one. I guess, Saturday night when Jaimie was stuck hiding in the bathroom because the workers were there moving the statue. He was worried that Claudia wouldn't know not to leave the bathroom so he thought if he just thought "Stay Put!" really hard that maybe he could think to message directly to her. You will have to read or listen to the book if you want to find out if they got caught or not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked how the children's perspective of each other changed from self-serving to team work. I also like how thier relationship with Mrs. Frankweiler turned out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 06-06-11
    Alison 06-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"

    E.L. Konigsburg book, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a brilliant book; a classic. My 10 year old son and I loved this book. This book was first published in the late 1960s and here in 2011 is being used in his school's AIG class in fun, creative, educational ways. Kids may grow up faster these days, but they are not growing up smarter. Claudia and Jamie are not only quick-witted and super smart, but they have moxie and grit you don't see in kids today (unfortunately in current day, moxie & grit have been replaced with whining and impatience). We want to read more E.L. Konigsburg works; we've been very entertained and educated. But for right now we are going to let all that we love about "Mixed-up Files" float around in us and fill us up for the time being. P.S. My mother would love Claudia's passion for grammar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    angelo Spring, TX, United States 11-13-13
    angelo Spring, TX, United States 11-13-13
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    "No chapters"
    Would you try another book from E. L. Konigsburg and/or Jill Clayburgh?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    My kids loved the book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jill Clayburgh?

    Yes very good


    What character would you cut from From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    There is no chapter break down like in the paper book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 01-21-13
    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 01-21-13 Member Since 2007

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    "One of my favorite books of all time."

    This story is sweet and funny and touching (but not corny) in all the right ways. It's smart and just biting enough to keep the attention of adults smart enough to appreciate it. Jill Clayburgh isn't its best feature, but my guess is that she was reading to kids and not to their mothers. All is forgiven. A first-rate YA book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Columbiana, OH, United States 03-01-12
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    "4th grade hit!"
    What made the experience of listening to From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this with my 4th graders. We liked it. It was a different story for them and the narration really helped us get into the story.


    What about Jill Clayburgh’s performance did you like?

    Sounds like Mrs. Frankweiler is talking!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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