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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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!!

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Childhood Favorite

I read this book as a child. I truly love the setting of being locked in the museum. The author and Jill Clayburgh paint such a vivid picture that it is no wonder this book is still a classic. I now get to relive it anytime I want.

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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.

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still a great and meaningful read

my grand daughter and I listened to this over the last word days. it had been a favorite of her step mother's, and although her life has been very different she was drawn to the story, identifying with many of Claudia ' s feelings and enjoying the adventure. I still had tears in my eyes during the last 20 minutes.

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Kept the grandson engaged!

This was an old fav of mine...then my kids... now it is my grandson’s turn. We listened to it when we had to drive on errands, in carpool, etc,. He constantly reminded me every time I started the car to turn it back on as we pulled out of the driveway. It gave us lots to talk about when we shut it off and he thought a lot about the kids, vocabulary words, and yes-even art!!!
A perfect story for a curious 9 year old. It is still a favorite of mine as well.

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Fantastic Read for Everyone

I don’t know how I missed reading this book in elementary school, but I’m so glad I “read” it as an adult. I originally got it because I thought it was something my kids would enjoy listening to in the car. It sucked me in and I loved every minute. The narrator was so great. The book itself was perfection. I recommend it to anyone looking to be carried away to New York and taken on a adventure with two delightfully lovable, stubborn kids.

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I read this book when I was 11. I'm 51 now

I loved it then and decided to give it a listen some 40 years later. It is still one of my favorite books.

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Fantastic Story!

I previewed this story to see if my third graders would enjoy it and found it very interesting and engaging. It’s a great book for this age group.

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one of my favorites from my childhood...

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this with my daughter on a road trip. she feel in love with the book as I had so many years ago.