Tuesday, May 13, 2014

53:120 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Claudia just doesn't feel appreciated at home and is tired of it so she decides to run away to NYC.  To pull this off, she plans carefully and methodically and decides to bring along her younger brother, Jamie, to help.  Her plan is to hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art until her parents have learned a lesson in "Claudia appreciation" but once she and Jamie get there, she discovers "Angel", a statue that is perplexing the experts as to who made it and when.  She decides that she must solve the riddle of the statue before she can go home but after a week of reading and researching, discovering some clues but having those discounted by authorities, she decides the only way to know for certain is to visit the owner who sold it to the museum, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  What she finds there is more than she ever dreamed.

I LOVED this book growing up and was excited when the opportunity came along to share it with my middle-schooler as a novel study unit.  I was able to read it again and we discussed it and he enjoyed it as well.  It is such a simple tale but one that manages to resonate even now, so many years later.  A wonderful work of children's literature.

Page count: 188p/12,501p ytd/193,539p lifetime

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