From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerBook - 1967
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 go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.
Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at 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 bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.
The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.
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Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? Well Claudia has and she has a plan. This excellent caper begins with Claudia’s perfectly devised scheme to hideaway in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Because if you’re going to run away, why not run away in style? Accompanied by her practical brothe... Read More »
LPL_Childrens Dec 19, 2014
Claudia is ready for an adventure (and is tired of doing chores) so she decides to run away to some place that is comfortable and interesting: The Metropolitan Museum of Art! Like in Chasing Vermeer, an art mystery finds our clever main characters!
An enduring classic, From the Mixed-up Files... is one of the best children's books of all time. With two self reliant, funny, and daring main characters this book has lots to offer. Check it out!
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orange_llama_57 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 8
red_dog_9187 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12
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"The greatest adventure lies not in running away but in looking inside, and the greatest discovery is not in finding out who made a statue but in finding out what makes you."
"Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around."
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you. It's the same as going on a vacation. Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time. They don't pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that home."