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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Scholastic Literature Guides)

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Introduce your students to these award-winning books with these engaging teaching guides. Each guide includes an author biography, background information, summaries, thought-provoking discussion questions, as well as creative, cross-curricular activities and reproducibles that motivate students.
Paperback, 16 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1997)
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Aug 08, 2010 Katy rated it really liked it
another oldie but goodie :-) kids run away to the Met in NYC and all their adventures......... (gears towards Youth)
Aug 27, 2010 Mary rated it liked it
(Um, I couldn't find the goodreads listing for the orginal book--what's up with that?)

While the good parts of this book were just as good as I vaguely remembered from 5th grade--the bathing in the fountain and sleeping on historic furniture and all that "how we lived" adventure that appealed to me in that "Hatchet" and "My Side of the Mountain" way--my 21st century sensibilities told me that maybe the moral of "it's fun to keep secrets from the parents" was too dangerous for kids growing up in t
Lizzie Jones
Jul 01, 2010 Lizzie Jones rated it liked it
I want to live in the MET and swim in the fountains. This is a childhood classic.
Katherine Relf-canas
Jun 07, 2013 Katherine Relf-canas rated it it was amazing
Just prior to Olivia's first trip to Manhattan, we read this book together. It was exciting to anticipate going to the Met ourselves as we read through this fascinating book. I think I would have enjoyed it as a 12-year-old. I loved art. And, I loved running away. That still holds up after decades of living. I still love those things, and so will most readers. Museum-hounds will especially enjoy it. On another personal note, the movie version of the film features a prop made by an artist I met i ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I must have read this 20 times growing up, definitely one of my favorites. Claudia is so mature and smart.

Claudia is extremely bored with her normal routine. She wants to feel different and grown-up. She convinces her younger brother Jamie to run away with her. Claudia has the plan, and Jamie has the piggy bank, so together they should make a great team. They take the train from their small Connecticut town into New York City, where they take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Livi
Aug 22, 2010 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I read this to my older niece when she was twelve because she was having a restless year. I remember reading this book for the first time when I was at an age of rebellion. As a child you have moments where you want to reject the rules and say, "I could just pack up and live at the mall!" This story lets you have that experience (the girl and her little brother live in an art museum) but they have a hard time keeping up the adventure. Bathing in the water fountain, unlocking the mystery of "Ange ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Reagan rated it it was amazing
This book gives me the same sense of adventure now as it did back in the fourth grade. Even as a 24 yr old, who wouldn't want to run away from home for a few days? I read this when I find myself wanting to escape my responsibilities. It gives me just enough excitement to help me get through the remaining work week. I can see how some don't like the message that it sends that it's fun and exciting to run away from your parents, but at the same time it is an honest portrayal of many young children ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Merinda rated it really liked it
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This was a fun story. I loved the conclusions and the author's reasons for why these children ran away in the first place. In a way, this story teaches how, though we may be different, we are able to become a team with someone else. We still squabble, but we are on the same page working towards the same end.
Aug 10, 2010 Alissa rated it liked it
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I remembered this being better...It was still a cute story and the idea of running away to a museum would probably appeal to many younger readers, but it wasn't my favorite. It felt like something was missing, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
Kerry Williams
Aug 22, 2010 Kerry Williams rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I cannot count how many times I have read this book. While I frequently had ideas to run away as a child, I would never have imagined something as grand as running away to a museum. Even as a adult I am amused and intrigued, and no matter how many times I read it, I still love love love it!
Aug 28, 2010 H rated it liked it
I thought I hadn't read this, so I finally picked it up one night, and I think I DID read it a long time ago, when I was a kid. Pretty solid kid's caper novel, and though the setting is dated I don't think it will bother kids.
Apr 03, 2009 Sojin rated it really liked it
This book was good.
Jul 01, 2010 Madeleine rated it liked it
This was a really good book. IT had great writing and a great plot. It was a little juvinile for me but i still loved it :D
Aug 05, 2010 Lizz rated it it was ok
Nothing fantastic about this book. Some parts seem to unrealistic. Other parts are pretty entertaining.
Aug 24, 2010 Ally rated it really liked it
This book is not the classic running away and hiding out in the woods but where 2 children run away and hide out in the metropolitan mueseum of art. It's a great book.
Jul 12, 2012 Kellie rated it it was amazing
My son LOVED this story. I think I read it to him a few hundred times. Each one better than the last.
Aug 10, 2010 B.szoke rated it really liked it
Read this back in 4th grade. Good book that brings back many fond memories.
Aug 12, 2010 Allison rated it did not like it
I really didn't like the book. I had to read it for school.
Oct 16, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books. I haven't read this book in over 20 years, but enjoyed it again. The story is timeless.
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