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from the mixed up files of mrs basil e frankweiler written and illustrated by e l konigsburg

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


New York : Atheneum, 1970. Eighth printing. Hardcover. Price-clipped dust jacket with Newbery Medal sticker on front. Red cover board with black title on front cover and spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.



When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because he was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie had some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different, and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she had discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her—well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.

ELAINE KONICSBURC has lived in such varied places as Phoenixville, Pa., Youngstown, Ohio, and Jacksonville, Florida. She now lives in Port Chester, New York, with her husband and three children.

Mrs. Konigsburg graduated from both high school and college with top academic honors. Her college and graduate studies centered primarily in organic chemistry and biology. But she has also studied art at the Art Student's League. Her first book for children was Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, Wilh'am McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. This is her second. Both are concerned with the problems and pleasures of suburban children.

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