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FEBRUARY 20, 2008
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

   Here is a classic story that is full of fun and adventure. This is the story of Claudia, the oldest of four children, and the only girl. Claudia longs for adventure, as she is tired of the same old routine of school, chores, and looking after her younger brothers. She enjoys school well enough, and doesn't necessarily mind all of her responsibilities, but she wants something more, something where she, Claudia, can be noticed for more than just making straight As. Claudia's plan is to run away. She isn't going to really run away, where she just goes off and no one ever hears from her again. No, Claudia is going to run away to an exciting place. She is running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is also going to be accompanied by her younger brother, Jamie. He is very resourceful when it comes to money, and he won't squeal on her the way her other brothers would. Claudia's plan is well-thought out and it works, including using her violin case as a suitcase for clothes, and even taking care of sending her parents a letter, so that they won't worry. The Metropolitan proves to be a fascinating place to run away to, and it is quite an amazing place to look at all of the art, sleep on an old-fashioned bed, and even taking a bath in the fountain! All of this proves to be great fun, but then, Angel appears. Angel is a statue, and it is the highlight exhibit of the museum. Angel is highly regarded as he/she has supposedly been sculpted by Michelangelo. It is quite the mystery. Jamie and Claudia decide to solve the mystery. Will they solve it? Who is this Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler whose name is in the title? Will Claudia and Jamie make it back home? Read this Newbery Award winning title to find out. A great read for those students in grades 4-6.

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