Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Running Away From Home Has Never Been Such Fun

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967; Atheneum, 2007, 176pp.)

Young Claudia is ready for the adventure of a lifetime, but nothing exciting ever happens to her. So she decides to set her own adventure in motion by running away from home. Her destination? New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. With little brother Jamie at her side, this pair of crafty siblings infiltrate the museum, and soon become embroiled in a mystery that baffles museum officials and visitors alike. Claudia and Jamie are eager to help, but how can they provide answers without giving away the fact that they’re living in the museum? This fast-paced coming of age classic features a unique premise that will grab the attention of young readers and adults alike. Konigsburg’s young duo are smart and sympathetic, and their plan to sneak into the Metropolitan after lights out is so calculated and believable that even the most jaded readers will be hooked.

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