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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, family, kids, newbery, read-in-2012
Read in March, 2012

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A classic children's book that showcases the time in which it was written while still remaining timeless. While this scenario of two children running away and hiding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is rather unrealistic, readers will appreciate the characters and their keen observations about unfair it is to be a kid. Their unique approach to problem solving is great, too. The first half drags just a bit. I didn't find their adventures in the museum after hours super compelling, but once you realize this book has nothing to do with running away or solving a mystery about a statue that may have been sculpted by Michelangelo, things get pretty awesome pretty quickly.

This book is about figuring who you are inside and realizing that small actions and processes often mean more than the end results. Konigsburg also perfectly conveys just why and how secrets are so awesome, for adults and children. I also loved Mrs. Frankweiler. A fun little book that uses a scenario that is a bit of a stretch to tell a much bigger story about growing up.

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