Imagine living in a museum...

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

Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn't like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere. To a large place, a comfortable place, an indoor place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

-Chapter 1


I loved this book as a kid. I remember thinking how amazing it would be to live in a museum or even a department store. This book actually holds up over time. It was fun to read and I was rooting for Claudia and Jamie.

Claudia is a strong character and she fits in my grad school paper perfectly. She knows what she wants and she is determined to get it.


Recommended to:

Grades 3-5, girls and boys who like a realistic adventure.