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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Transcript of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Author - E. L. Konigsburg
published in 1967
won Newbery Medal.
12 years old
oldest of 4 children
straight A student
a good planner
9 years old
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
82 years old
narrator of story
MRS. FRANKWEILER'S HOUSE
Claudia is tired of the injustice in her house. She is the oldest child to her 3 younger brothers. She feels she has more chores, her allowance is too small and she is tired of being perfect. She decides to runaway to the Metropolitan Museum. Running away to just anywhere would be uncomfortable. She takes Jamie, her middle brother, to fund her adventure.
Claudia and Jamie spend their days touring the museum. Everyone's interest is piqued when a new statue is introduced. It is rumored the statue was sculpted by Michelangelo. The children are determined to find proof.
The search leads Claudia and Jamie to Connecticut, to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler's house. They believed she sold the statue to the MET for $225.
Mrs. Frankweiler is aware of the children's runaway status. She strikes a deal with Claudia and Jamie. In exchange for their story, she will give them access to her files and give them an hour to investigate.
Once the children find the information proving the statue was in fact a Michelangelo, Mrs. Frankweiler explains that she will leave this document to them in her will.
At first Claudia doesn't understand Mrs. F's reasoning for wanting to keep the angel's creator a secret, but in the end the secret is exactly what Claudia was searching for. And the children give Mrs. Frankweiler something she has always wanted - grandchildren.
The Power of a Secret