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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler Paperback – 30 Sep 1987


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st Aladdin Books Ed edition (30 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689711816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689711817
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mischievous and metropolitan... A wild rumpus... Japes abound' New Yorker

'One of the finest storytellers of her era and genre... [From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler] is a story of discovery and self-discovery' Washington Post

'E. L. Konigsburg is one of our brainiest writers for young people, not only in the considerable cerebral powers she brings to her books but in the intellectual demands she makes on her characters' The New York Times

'In the US... [Konigsburg] is pretty much required reading for anyone under the age of 11 and, indeed, over, too, and I strongly urge everyone who falls into either age group to discover her forthwith... From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler... dominated my imagination in the way only a really good book can wholly inhabit the head of a child... Re-reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler,... it was, if anything, even more wonderful than I remembered' Hadley Freeman. Guardian

'It sticks in the mind like a personal memory, like a secret childhood experience. A perfect, miniature adventure' --Wes Anderson, writer and director of Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel

'An author beloved by readers young and old' --LA Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The writer and illustrator E. L. Konigsburg (1930-2013) is one of the most celebrated writers of books for children and young adults. She is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor in the same year a feat she achieved in 1968, for The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, respectively. Not only that, but she won the Newbery Medal again almost thirty years later, for The View from Saturday. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
I must confess that this book had a rather unfortunate impact upon my young life, when I read it at the age of nine. For years afterwards I fantazised about running away from home and living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art like the book's heroine Claudia, and her little brother Jamie. Several times, in replication of their actions, I would fill my music case full of clean underwear and my school napsack full of my life savings, just in case I got the nerve to abscond to New York City and set up housekeeping amongst the plush, perfectly-preserved beds of 18th-century gentry. I never did, but the book still gave me a wonderful role model in the persona of the practical, intellectual, tidy, yet fiercely romantic Claudia that has lasted throughout my life. It also inspired a deep affection for Michelangelo's art, as the book's plot (besides the adventures of the young runaways) centers on the children's obsession with determining whether one the museum's recent acquisitions is an authentic work of the Master's. I remember so many wonderful, physical details of this book--the two siblings bathing in the fountain of the museum and collecting the change to feed themselves at the automat, Claudia posing and prodding her younger brother to say that she resembles the statue in question (of course, he maddeningly and purposefully refuses to understand her), and of course the mysterious instrument cases of dirty underwear found by the museum staff once the children have left. They go home to their parents, but without regretting what they have done, and all ends happily. The book is both absurd, amoral, and wonderfully rich in memorable physical detail, as is all great children's literature
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
Another one of those books I have looked for in memory of my childhood and which only Amazon has been able to dig up for me! My friend recommended this book to me way back in about 1975 or 6 and it put wings on my imagination, too, just like the last review here. We were a long way from the Met in Geneva, Switzerland, but I loved going round the museums there on my own, imagining I was about to embark on a similar adventure - but somehow never had the nerve! Also no younger sibling to use as support! Am definitely ordering for my own children (the middle one is nine...) and to have a copy of my own in the bookcase!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of the best books I have ever read! You can't help but admired Claudia's strong-willed mind and her clever plan. It's a wonderful book!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful book about a girl who runs away with her brother to a museum. they sleep in a big fancy bed (That was put on show because someone famous was murdered in it) and take baths in the fountain. The book was wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 1999
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I have read this book in Czech and I have to say it is really good(even if it is set in America). Claudia picks her brother Jamie to run away with her to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. They try to discover the secret of a statue by Michelangelo that was sold to the museum for a ridiculously low price. Will they solve it? BUY THE BOOK TO FIND OUT!
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