From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)

mixed.jpgUnlike most children who decide to run away from home, Claudia Kincaid has a detailed plan.  She will hide out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art because she likes REALLY nice things, and she will bring along her little brother, Jamie — because he has MONEY.  Claudia plans to sleep in all the famous beds and get up close and personal to the art work that is usually protected behind barriers and ropes.  This is going to be an elegant adventure!

But while sneaking around the museum late at night, Claudia and Jamie discover a centuries old art mystery — and just maybe THEY know the answer!  Part adventure, part mystery, part coming of age story — this is a fun novel.

This book makes an excellent read aloud since New York City and the art world might be confusing to the average young reader.  I’m sure when I read it in 5th grade, I missed a TON!  I still liked it, but I think it would have been a much better experience if an adult could have explained things along the way.  Google Images will be a good companion too.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 168 pages, Newbery Medal Winner, Published in 1967.  

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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