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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  140,395 Ratings  ·  5,268 Reviews
Library of Congress catalog card number: 67-18988
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published 1967 by Atheneum
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Stephanie
Sep 04, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cleanse their reading palette of obligatory 5th grade reading
OK, I'll admit it: I freakin' hate the Newbery Medal. Any time I see it on the cover of a book, I'm 98.5% sure it sucks. All of the books that have been given this "honor" seem to have been written with the intent of teaching kids some crappy history lesson. There's no magic or mystery to any of them...reading these books is akin to eating dry toast when you know damned well you could cover the bread with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. I mean, if you really want to martyr yourself, do it creativel ...more
Lola Wallace
I first read this book when I was 7-going-on-8. I read it, and then I read it again. Then I read it again, and kept going until, according to my personal mythology, I had read it 11 times. And then I stole my school's copy of the book. I hadn't picked it up for many years since then, but this book is woven into my neural pathways every which way, and rereading it still makes me love it more.

The Mixed-Up Files drew me in with its details and paraphernalia
(the instrument cases! the transistor rad
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Werner
Feb 18, 2017 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature kids; adults who can get into kid's books
Recommended to Werner by: My oldest grandson, Philip
Shelves: childrens
My oldest grandson Philip is an avid reader, a trait my wife and I like to encourage. He'd encountered this Newbery award winner in his school library, and wanted to own a copy, so we gave him one for his 11th birthday last fall. When he discovered that I'd never read it (it was first published in 1967, by which time I was in high school, and focusing my reading on more "grown-up" books), he wanted to share it with me, so he loaned me his copy. (Last year, he likewise introduced me to another ki ...more
Aldrin
Mar 25, 2011 Aldrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For his autumnal yet incandescent family tragicomedy, The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson drew inspiration from a handful of literary works remarkably possessed of whimsy and insightful wit. Chief among these is the late J. D. Salinger’s short but utterly perceptive book, Franny and Zooey, whose title characters are members of the Glass family, the basis for the dysfunctional Tenenbaums in Anderson’s film. The eccentric director, drawing further attention to his enchantment with Salinger’s fictio ...more
Bobby Simic
There are certain, special books that I don't want to give up once finished. I guess to prolong the separation and perhaps to somehow physically absorb whatever magic it possesses, I'll find myself pressing my palms against the book, sandwiching it. It doesn't happen very often. But it did happen with this book.

I had never read this book growing up. But I'm so glad that I finally got around to it.

What is it that makes this book so wonderful? Let's begin with Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler's clever na
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Rebecca Grace
Jan 29, 2008 Rebecca Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to get kids excited about art
Recommended to Rebecca Grace by: My mother
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this years ago as a child and just finished re-reading it with my 7-year-old son. It actually touched off a lot of interesting discussions about what has changed and what has stayed the same in the years since the book was first published in 1967 (my son piped up with all kinds of objections throughout the book, like "what about the motion detectors and the lasers around the art?"). Of course today admission is no longer free at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no one is allowed to bring i ...more
Rachel Hartman
Nov 22, 2010 Rachel Hartman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rated this five stars a long time ago, out of pure nostalgia, without really remembering much about the book beyond "they stayed in the museum." Well, I just finished reading it out loud to my son, and I would just like to reaffirm: YES, five stars. No question.

The plot is so subtle, compared with so much of what is being published now! But wow these kids are individuals. Wow they talk like real humans and have a real and wonderful relationship with each other. My son described Mrs. Basil E. F
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Ahmad Sharabiani
From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction.
عنوان: فرار به موزه نيويورک؛ نویسنده: ای.ال. کنیگزبرگ؛ مترجم: شهره نورصالحی؛ ویراستار: فریبا نباتی؛ تهران، پیدایش، 1387، در 216 ص، شابک: 9789643495459؛
از مجموعه «پسر قهرمان» و از داستانهای انگلیسی قرن بیستم است. «دسیموس رکس» و برده های دیگر در زندانی در میدان «آرنا» اسیر شده اند. آنها به خواست ارباب «اسلاویوس» و به خاطر
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Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
This was a ridiculously charming little book.

I think the thing that made it such a great children's book even though I'm definitely not the target audience was because I really grew to care for the main characters, Claudia and Jamie. Reading about them getting into scrapes and going on adventures filled me with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Claudia and Jamie had a wonderful sister-brother relationship that was portrayed realistically. While they teased and got annoyed by one another, they also grew c
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Pamela
I'm not sure how I missed reading this Newberry gem as a youngster, being the wordy-nerdy bookworm that I was, and still am. But somehow, I overlooked this NYC dawning of age adventure centering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art and self realization. That is, until now. Better late than never, right? Proof positive, you're never too old to change course, make a new goal, revisit your childhood, and/or correct an oversight. I didn't relate to it as intimately as I did the The Boxcar Children. ...more
Madelyn
Jan 11, 2016 Madelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly have no idea why, but there was something about this book (I guess the adventure?) that I absolutely loved when I was younger.
Really cute story of two kids that run away to live in a museum, skirting the cops and sleeping in the priceless beds and having a series of adventures in the museum!

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Christian Guzman
Mar 04, 2016 Christian Guzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not planned on reading this novel, but I found this book on a random book shelf in my house, so I decided to give it a go. I feel like this is one of those books I should have read at least once sometime during my childhood, but I just never got to it. Well, I did in fact enjoy this book. I rated this novel four stars because although I did like it a lot, I just didn’t love it. It was pleasurable reading about the adventure that Claudia and Jamie had. This adventure/runaway ended up lastin ...more
Alex
"I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow."
Here's a book that's lost none of its charm. Siblings
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Jill
Sep 26, 2008 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children of All Ages
Recommended to Jill by: I found it on Amazon.com
From the Mixed-up Files of
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
By E.L. Konigsburg

This is a delightful story for children of all ages. I'm wondering why I never discovered this book when I was a kid?

Claudia is planning to run away. She wants a different life, than that of the oldest child, with so many responsibilities. Her brother Jamie doesn't know it yet, but she has chosen him to be her companion. One reason she has chosen Jamie, is because he is good with money. Claudia usually spends her money on h
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A book I’d throw into the categories of “Book With Titles that are Better than the Actual Story” and “Books with Plot Summaries that are Better than the Actual Story”.

I grew impatient with this book. Why did Claudia want to run away? If it was her family that was the problem, why did she take one of her brothers along? She picked the Metropolitan Museum of Art as her refuge, but she didn’t seem to enjoy much of the art there. The whole story is written as if Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is telling
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Rebecca Foster
This was one of the key books of my American childhood. All these years later, phrases were still familiar to me, such as Jamie’s frequent exclamation of “Oh, boloney!” I clearly remembered the delicious overall sense of adventure and secrecy. On this reread I found it a tiny bit dated, what with the impossibly low prices and Claudia wearing a petticoat. Some things haven’t changed, though. Konigsburg captures school group chatter and brother/sister banter perfectly. The museum and archive setti ...more
TheKBSeries
Alright, here we go with another book from my past that was forced down my throat by the bare hands of an english teacher. I hated this book so much that I decided to just not read it and struggle my way through that time of the year.

After arriving to school the morning after i decided that, i panicked! The current chapter that was to be discussed abruptly fell into the lesson plans of the teacher that morning and i began to panick. I glanced around at the obedient students who plucked out thei
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Britany
Aug 06, 2013 Britany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claudia and Jamie Kincaid decide to run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They take their instrument cases filled with clothes and Jamie's transistor radio. They live in the museum for about a week on about $28 and some change. They discover that there's more to life than what they thought and that some experiences make you into a better person.

Loved the relationship between Claude and her brother, loved how she constantly kept correcting his grammar and how he was in charg
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Wart Hill
Nov 11, 2014 Wart Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, young-readers
Ah, my childhood.

The first time I read this I was in Middle School and my teacher read it to the class. Same with Holes.
Leah
Sep 22, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What child doesn't dream of running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

This was one of my favorite books as a child. The adventure of two kids running away to New York City and hiding in a museum was fascinating to me. In addition, they get to solve a mystery, which appealed to me even more strongly.

I agree with another reviewer who says that it was the details of the book that drew her in: packing their clothes in their instrument cases, the way they spent money, the wonder that Claudia fee
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Lindsay
I have to admit that I'm pretty disappointed in this one. The premise of kids running away to and living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art sounded pretty fantastic, but it really wasn't very exciting at all. There was a lot of "filler" dialogue and constant rambling on that didn't really drive the story. The "secret" about Angel just seemed pretty anti-climactic. Half of the book seemed devoted to describing bathing, eating, and planning things, and the "mystery" aspect just got lost. Claudia wa ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of kids' lit, people about to visit the Met in NY or any museum
Inventive, imaginative, and a lot of fun to read. The story of a girl and her brother who run away...to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY City. A very charming book. Makes one yearn for a visit to the Met or any museum, preferably a behind the scenes one! And it contains seemingly helpful instructions on how to sucessfully run away. ;-)
Chris
January 1967 Read

I want to go back to 1967, where it was free admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the daily New York Times cost a dime. And I want to be 12-years-old and live in the Met! This was another great read that I think I missed as a young reader. Brother and sister runaways, a little bit of a mystery, and a whole lot of art, this was a really fun read!
Mo
3 1/2 stars (read as an adult)

I found most of this story to be very pleasant... but I LOVED the ending.
Josiah
Apr 24, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first books from the effervescent mind of the great E.L. Konigsburg, this novel stands up as well today as it did when it was first published.
Populated by strong, independent characters as in all of the author's stories, this book follows an interesting story thread of both unique survival and a pressing mystery, as Claudia and her brother hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Attempting to keep one step ahead of the police and their parents is not an easy task, but ul
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Adeeb
Apr 08, 2017 Adeeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adeeb by: Ghaya
You know how sometimes fate just works out, and the impossible happens?

That was my case with this book.

At the end of 2016, around November or so, my friend and I decided to fill up a journal with random challenges. When we finished, each of us gifted each other a book.

This was the book I received. Had it not been for the act of teaming up with my friend to do the journal challenges and then completing it, I would NEVER have discovered this book. Well, maybe I would have because fate works in une
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Tracey
Jan 26, 2011 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction, 4-star
So, what exactly would be the category for lingering behind and taking up residence in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? I'll go with criminal trespass till I learn otherwise. So - when I commit criminal trespass, should I blame Thomas Hoving, or E.L. Konigsburg? I recently finished False Impressions, and just finished From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, so I'm already making plans. Enough time has gone by since the publication of the book - 1967 - that the guards must have gotte ...more
Shawn Mooney
Mar 03, 2017 Shawn Mooney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
What fun!
Laura
Jul 12, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I loved this as a kid and forgot all about it. I found it again while rummaging around a local bookstore during the "Squawking Matilda" book signing. (How's that for promo Lisa?) The story was as sweet as I remembered, and I learned something new too. A couple of months ago, I visited Brookgreen Gardens in SC. It is the first and only outdoor sculpture garden of it's type in the US. A truly amazing place. An illustration from the book (set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) reminded me of one of ...more
joanna Sondheim
Absolutely loved it when I was a kid, and absolutely loved it again as an adult. While the Newbery medalists of late have tended towards dry, very non-kid friendly fiction (I have never seen a child give even a second glance to The Higher Power of Lucky or Criss Cross, no matter the endorsement), this book absolutely deserves every bid of adulation it's been given. Claudia and Jamie's adventure feels just as fresh as ever, and while Manhattan has definitely gone through some major changes since ...more
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Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She was the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year (1968), with her second and first books respectively: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Kongisburg won a second Newbery ...more
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“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow.” 110 likes
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