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From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Konigsburg, E. L.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell, 1973.

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 5.0 29.
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When Claudia decided to run away, she planned  very carefully. She would be gone for just long  enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia  appreciation. And she would live in comfort -- at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art. She invited her brother  Jamie to go, too, mostly because he was a miser and  would have money. The two took up  residence in 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 had discovered its maker, a question that  baffled even the experts. The former owner of the  statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. And without her  help Claudia might never have found a way to go  home.

Author Notes

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, noted children's writer and illustrator, was born February 10, 1930 in New York City. She received a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1952. She did graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh.

Her best-known titles included A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, The Second Mrs. Giaconda, Father's Arcane Daughter, and Throwing Shadows. She won the Newbery Honor in 1968 for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and the William Allen White Award in 1970. She won the Newbery Medal again in 1997 for The View from Saturday.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was adapted into a motion picture starring Ingrid Bergman in 1973 and later released as The Hideaways in 1974. It became a television film starring Lauren Bacall in 1995. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was adapted for television as Jennifer and Me for NBC-TV in 1973.

She died on April 19, 2013 from complications of a stroke that she had suffered a week prior at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Twelve-year-old Claudia and her younger brother run away to New York City where they solve the mystery of a statue donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



An Excerpt from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.       Basil E. Frankweiler              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 not be just running from somewhere       but would be running to somewhere. To a large place, a comfortable place,       and indoor place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided       upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.        Excerpted from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.