From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg
Children’s
Aug 9, 2018
The heroine of From the Mixed-Up Files is Claudia Kincaid, a straight-A student one month shy of her twelfth birthday. The eldest of four children and the only girl, Claudia feels taken for granted by her Greenwich, Connecticut, parents. Tired of doing all the chores, getting the smallest allowance in her class, and always doing the right thing, she decides she’ll run away just long enough to teach her mother and father a lesson in “Claudia appreciation.” Not being one for hardship, however, she concocts an elaborate plan to hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan with her younger brother Jamie. But the book really takes off when Claudia determines to solve the mystery of the museum’s latest acquisition, a beautifully sculpted marble angel. Dogged pursuit of clues leads Claudia and Jamie to Farmington, Connecticut, and into the curious world of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the statue’s eccentric former owner. The whole story, which is told in the form of a letter from Mrs. Frankweiler to her lawyer, is as delightful and unforgettable as Claudia herself, who has proved to be one of the most influential characters in modern children’s literature.
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