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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
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it was amazing
bookshelves: kids, re-read
Read 2 times. Last read June 19, 2018 to June 27, 2018.

While reading this aloud to my son, it was funny to recall some of the little, tangential things I remember from when I first read this book in fifth grade. Like how the kids in my class were amused and a little confused by the fact that the protagonist is named Claudia, and there was a boy in our reading group named Claudio. And how the idea of an automat seemed so exotic and exciting, whereas now it just seems like a recipe for food poisoning.

Mostly I was surprised at just how many details from the book I remembered. I thought there would be some surprises because I had to have forgotten important details in the 30-odd years since I last read it, but no. It was almost all there. I lost some of the visit in Chapter 9 (but not Claudia's bath), and I had no memory at all of the significance (or even the existence) of Saxonberg, but that wasn't terribly exciting anyway.

It was a great book to share with my son, even though reading it revealed that the bedtime story I made up for him and his sister about them stowing away in the Library of Congress after closing time wasn't as original and genius as they might have thought beforehand.

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Reading Progress

December 22, 1986 – Started Reading
December 28, 1986 – Finished Reading
September 12, 2010 – Shelved
September 12, 2010 – Shelved as: kids
June 19, 2018 – Started Reading
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: re-read
June 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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