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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
Author: E. L. Konigsburg
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn't like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would n...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780545041737
ISBN-10: 0545041732
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Pages: 162
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4.3 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was one of my favorite books as a child because it featured my favorite art museum as well - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). And the best part about Claudia and Jamie's run away adventures is they get to stay over night at the museum, solve a mystery and earn the respect of the reclusive and mysterious Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Even time I go to the Met, I entertain thoughts of hiding myself away in a bathroom stall just like Claudia did so I could stay the night too! Of course, the security guards are well aware of this book and throughly check all the bathrooms at closing every night.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book for young people won the Newbery Medal. A girl and her younger brother run away from home to a museum and solve a mystery. It has a clever plot and is well-written, and I appreciate the fact that the author was not out to rub a child's nose in death and misery in the name of being relevant to modern youth. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it less than stories that have more humor and maybe a touch of fantasy or imagination in them.
reviewed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Classic childrens book that is almost more enjoyable for grown-ups! two children run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. All sorts of historical asides and insight into human nature all wrapped up together in a charming book. After you've read it, go visit the museum!
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best books for an 11 year old girl I can imagine. And if yoy're not 11 anymore you may love it too. Especially if you like funny books about adventure in NYC!
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"From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is a fantastic book, about two siblings (a young boy and girl) that decide to run away. This book captures their journey, from taking baths in a fountain, to sleeping in a bed that is on display at teh museum. This is an awesome book for all ages!
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reviewed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on + 16 more book reviews
I first read this book in junior high. I loved it, couldn't put it down, and it started a love of mysteries for me that has continued to this day, some 40 years later. E. L. Konigsburg has a great grasp of the mind of a pre-teen girl; her characters are believable, lovable and quirky. There might be a few scenes that made me sad as a kid, because the adults in the book act responsibly for the most part. But I got so caught up in the world of these runaways that I didn't even think about what their parents might be going through. In fact I can recall the first time I read it I completely missed the references to stories in the paper about the runaways, etc. Only when re-reading it as an adult did I pick up on that subtle understory. Konigsburg is well deserving of her Newberry Awards, and I look forward to reading more of her writing.
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I read this many years ago as a teenager. I remember enjoying the book, but I don't think I was highly impressed. I expected a little more to happen to kids locked in a museum. At the time I was only interested in paranormal and horror novels. It's a cute story nonetheless.

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