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


Book Summary

Claudia is tired of being taken for granted in her household, so she devises a plan to run away with her younger brother and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Once there, they have the challenge of staying undetected, of getting along with each other, and of solving a mystery.

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

Book Review

This is a charming, appealing book that many advanced readers can relate to.  It features smart student characters in a plausible situation.  Although the book was published in 1968, its themes remain relevant and the story is still enjoyable.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Running Away from Home
  • Family Relationships
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Sculpture; Michelangelo
  • Growing Up; Finding Your Voice
  • Being Open-Minded

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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