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


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ❧ From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler free download ➛ Author E.L. Konigsburg – Thomashillier.co.uk After reading this book I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or any wonderful old cavern of a museum without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her bro After reading this book Mixed-Up Files PDF Í I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or any wonderful old cavern of a museum without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie They're From the PDF/EPUB or standing on the toilets still hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins Such is the impact of timeless novels they never leave us E L Konigsburg won the Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia the Mixed-Up Files PDF/EPUB » and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson Little do they know that mystery awaits.


10 thoughts on “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  1. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    OK I'll admit it I freakin' hate the Newbery Medal Any time I see it on the cover of a book I'm 985% sure it sucks All of the books that have been given this honor seem to have been written with the intent of teaching kids some crappy history lesson There's no magic or mystery to any of themreading these books is akin to eating dry toast when you know damned well you could cover the bread with butter cinnamon and sugar I mean if you really want to martyr yourself do it creatively like St Agatha who got her breasts cut off Otherwise sit back relax and enjoy life because nobody wants to hear your whiningI digress The point of this rant is that there is a major exception to my I Hate Newbery Rule and it's this book The idea of two kids hiding out in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so brilliant it sends me running running to the stereo to do a wild naked dance to The Muffs's version of KIDS IN AMERICA I love Claudia's obsession with art and mystery as well as Jamie's passion for gambling And the siblings' interplay just can't be beat Snappy dialogue brilliant plot evocative subjectwhat was the Newbery panel thinking when they awarded this book its highest honor?


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    From the mixed up files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler EL Konigsburg Twelve year old Claudia Kincaid decides to run away from her home in suburban Connecticut because she thinks her parents do not appreciate her and she doesn't like it She takes refuge in the Metropolitan Museum of Art the Met in New York City with her brother Jamie She chooses Jamie as her companion partly because he has saved all his money With the help of an unused adult train fare card that she found in a wastebasket Claudia finds a way to get to the museum for free using the commuter train and a very long walkتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و سوم ماه نوامبر سال 2009میلادی عنوان فرار به موزه نيويورک؛ نویسنده ایال کنیگزبرگ؛ مترجم شهره نورصالحی؛ ویراستار فریبا نباتی؛ تهران، پیدایش، 1387، در 216ص، شابک 9789643495459؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20مداستان دختر دوازده ساله‌ ای به نام «کلودیا» است؛ که با خانواده‌ اش در حومه ی شهر نیویورک زندگی می‌کند؛ «کلودیا» که فرزند ارشد، و تنها دختر خانواده است، به علت بی‌توجهی خانواده، و یکنواختی زندگیش، تصمیم می‌گیرد با برادر نه ساله‌ اش «جیمی» به موزه ی «نیویورک» فرار کند؛ او فکر همه چیز را کرده است هزینه رفت و آمد، خوراکی و جایی برای ماندن«کلودیا» و «جیمی» نزدیک یک هفته در موزه می‌مانند، روزها میان جمعیت به عنوان گردشگر موزه، از بخش‌های گوناگون آن دیدن می‌کنند؛ و شب‌ها با پنهان شدن در گوشه‌ ای شب را به صبح می‌رسانندروزی هنگام گردش در موزه متوجه مجسمه‌ ای شصت سانتی به نام فرشته می‌شوند، که مردم برای دیدن آن صف بسته‌ اند؛ آن‌ها پی می‌برند کارشناسان موزه در پی هویت سازنده ی مجسمه هستند و عده‌ ای باور دارند که این مجسمه ساخته دست «میکل آنژ» استکشف هویت سازنده ی مجسمه همان چیزی است، که «کلودیا» می‌خواهد؛ «کلودیا» نیاز به تغییر دارد، دلش می‌خواهد قهرمان شود، و فرارش از خانه به یک دردی بخورد؛ «کلودیا» و «جیمی»، تصمیم می‌گیرند هر طور شده، راز مجسمه را کشف کنند، و بفهمند چه کسی واقعا سازنده ی مجسمه بوده استدر پایان داستان «کلودیا» و «جیمی» نزد خانم «فرانک وایلر»، صاحب پیشین مجسمه می‌روند، تا راز مجسمه را کشف کنند، و خانم «فرانک وایلر» به آن‌ها اطمینان می‌دهد، «میکل آنژ» سازنده ی مجسمه استاما از آن‌ها قول می‌گیرد این راز تا پس از مرگش، نباید برملا شود؛ حالا «کلودیا» وقتی به خانه برگردد، یک راز دارد، چیزی که او را با پیش از فرارش متمایز می‌کند؛ حالا دیگر لازم نیست «کلودیا» مثل یک قهرمان به خانه برگردد؛ همین که خودش می‌داند قهرمان است کافی است؛ ا شربیانی


  3. Laura Wallace Laura Wallace says:

    I first read this book when I was 7 going on 8 I read it and then I read it again Then I read it again and kept going until according to my personal mythology I had read it 11 times And then I stole my school's copy of the book I hadn't picked it up for many years since then but this book is woven into my neural pathways every which way and rereading it still makes me love it The Mixed Up Files drew me in with its details and paraphernalia the instrument cases the transistor radio mac and cheese and baked beans something I always loved about runaway andor survival stories It introduced me to New York City the New York of the 1960s the Automat and appealed to my love of museums and old things I also loved the tone I knew even then when I was being talked down to but Konigsburg clearly respects her readers and expects them to be smart The framing and Mrs F's voice made the book feel adult And then it hit me in the gut with its fully developed characters and its non preachy life lessons subtly divulged I was never the sort of child who wanted to run away really but Claudia's simmering ennui and frustration and impotent rage hit me right away I had never really seen these feelings described on paper in this way but I felt them all the time Like Claudia I was privileged smart and loved but I wanted something And I still do And this book is all about how that's kind of a good thingThe biggest life lesson I absorbed from this book or maybe it's not a lesson so much as just a way of looking at the world is the importance of maintaining and nurturing the integrity of your self and being an individual but not necessarily in any obvious way while recognizing other people's individuality and that their way of seeing the world is usually just as valid as yours I'm not talking about different beliefs or clashing opinion so much as personalities Claudia and Jamie's relationship illustrates this beautifully This bit of wisdom is one of the most fundamental things I've ever learned and also one of the hardest to live out


  4. Julie Julie says:

    Wow I haven't been this uncomfortable about two related family members bathing naked together since Out Stealing HorsesWitherWhy? Why would the author write a scene of a prepubescent 12 year old sister frolicking naked in a bath with her 9 year old brother?I'm three years older than my brother and when I was 12 I can promise you I would have been far inclined to hold his head underwater for five minutes than I would have been to stand naked before him splashing himCome on now Make it stopI turned to my resident 12 year old after the first mutual bath scene to check in on her thoughts of the sibling bath and she contributed one word revolting And what's with the old lady narrator interrupting the narrative flow with her nonsensical comments and weird flirts to the old man lawyer “Saxonberg?” Get a room you two and grossThe title? What because for five minutes there's a scene near some file cabinets? How about Night at the Museum? It was 1967 when this was published and that title was still up for grabsHow about the frantic parents whose kids decided to “disappear” on them wondering for a week if two of their children had been abducted by murderers? My stomach hurt so badly at the prospect of these parents not knowing if their kids were alive it made me despise both of the selfish brats Their excuses for running away were pathetic at best and I couldn't be hud in any way at how the parents must have suffered from their anticsFrom where I'm sitting this is a book like Harriet the Spy that you've got to fall in love with when you're young otherwise the plot points are just too weird to swallow down as an adultThree stars for some memorable lines and a strong narrative albeit one with a horny old woman interrupting it at every turn


  5. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    This was my son's first book he read entirely in English he is a rapid read of books in French already so I felt I needed to read it too What a pleasant surprise We both loved Jaime and Claudia and their adventures while running away and camping out in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC It is a touching book with lots of life lessons; my favorite uote is Happiness is excitement that has found a settling place but there is always a corner of it that keeps flapping around P 155I have to thank NH Senzai's excellent Shooting Kabul for referring to this book because otherwise I would have missed itI would consider this reuired children's reading for the timelessness of its characters and the nostalgic value of what life was like in Manhattan back in the late 60s Splendid


  6. Werner Werner says:

    My oldest grandson Philip is an avid reader a trait my wife and I like to encourage He'd encountered this Newbery award winner in his school library and wanted to own a copy so we gave him one for his 11th birthday last fall When he discovered that I'd never read it it was first published in 1967 by which time I was in high school and focusing my reading on grown up books he wanted to share it with me so he loaned me his copy Last year he likewise introduced me to another kid's classic Stone Fox I'd heard of the book but had no real clue what it was aboutElaine Konigsburg like some other women writers in the earlier decades of the past century when the book trade was male dominated she hid her gender behind her initials became an instant success in children's literature with this essentially debut novel It was technically the second one she had published but both books were submitted at the same time That's a deserved tribute to her skill as a writer; the craftsmanship of the book is of a pretty high orderAs we learn from the outset through a short cover letter the body of the book is supposedly a narrative composed by Mrs Basil E Frankweiler to her longtime and long suffering lawyer Saxonburg to explain a change she wants made to her will She's a childless 82 year old widow as rich as Croesus and definitely eccentric imperious and opinionated Ordinarily she's not the sort of narrator many kids would readily relate to; but she immediately focuses her tale on two kids Claudia age 11 and her nine year old brother Jamie In fact it's not immediately made clear what relation Mrs Frankenweiler is going to have to the events of her story That's a deft move on the author's part giving child readers child protagonists to relate to and a bit of mystery as a hook Claudia's made up her mind to temporarily run away from her home in the New York City suburb of Greenwich dragging Jamie along for the ride to get the benefit of his assiduously saved allowance money and plans to stay in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art an actual institution that's still there today for the duration of her adventure The expedition will involve both children in a mystery surrounding a Renaissance statuette of an angel that may or may not have been sculpted by Michelangelo and in some life lessons and self discovery as wellLike most books aimed at this age group older pre teens this chapter book is a short 182 pages of main text uick read It's also well written with the kind of story line that keeps you turning pages compulsively to see what happens next The author had a genius for characterization; the two kids are extremely realistic embodiments of children their age while being nicely differentiated individuals with distinctive personalities and speaking styles She also laces her writing with an undercurrent of dry humor that freuently crops out Both the humor and the characterizations as well as the subtleties of the psychological content IMO might actually be perceived and appreciated better by adult readers than by kids The plotting isn't predictable and we get one surprise near the end that fits like a jigsaw puzzle and was foreshadowed by clues hidden in plain sight but which most readers won't see coming On the whole it's a kid's book that can hold adult interest Still I think I might have liked it better as a child than as an adult reader Why you ask?As I said Claudia and Jamie are very realistic child characters; I could recognize a lot of traits of my grandkids in them But these include a lot of traits that even though I love my grandkids are very calculated to drive me up the wall and I expect many other parents and grandparents have the same reaction These kids aren't evil or cruel but they do have a basically self centered orientation and ethical cluelessness at times an aversion to responsibility and a feeling that mild chores are an insufferable imposition Add to this a capacity for sibling rivalry thick enough to cut with a knife and a willingness of a younger kid to check his brain at the door and let an older sibling lead him around by the nose into outrageous behavior that he should never even have considered Been there see that every day want to scream at it The whole runaway scenario factors into this Claudia isn't an abused unloved child trying to escape a horrible home life She's a pampered well to do kid who doesn't think she's pampered enough and just wants to run off to subject her family to a lesson in Claudia appreciation Yes she mailed them a letter which they wouldn't get until at least the next day telling them not to worry as if they wouldn't Konigsburg keeps the adults in Claudia's family largely offstage so that readers can put them out of mind But you don't put people you genuinely love out of mind and you don't put them through hell just for purely selfish reasons and as a father and grandfather myself whenever I'd let myself think about it I knew Claudia and Jamie were putting the adults in their lives through hell Yes if I'd been the parent I'd have been unspeakably thankful and relieved to get them back safe But I might also have grounded them for about 47 years and possibly packed them off for a semester at a boarding military academy in northern Alaska as a lesson in family appreciation Okay I might be exaggerating slightly for effect That colored my reaction to the tale in a way that it might not have as a kid It's also why I recommend the book only for mature kids who wouldn't blindly consider these characters role models and be encouraged to run away themselvesInterestingly a book I read last year Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick b 1966 has a similar plot structure his protagonist is a runaway who sets out for and hides out in another real life New York museum the American Museum of Natural History Selznick isn't a Goodreads author so I don't know if he ever read Konigsburg's classic; but I think it's possible that he did and that it may have been one of his literary influences The difference between the two books though is instructive and helps to explain why I rated the later book higher Selznick's protagonist Ben manages his escape in a way that won't leave his family members insane with worry and does tell a family member where he's going And he has a psychological need to go to deal with a uestion that's crucially important to him in learning who he is; it's not just a whim and he doesn't pull a nine year old sibling along into the ventureThe edition of this book that I read was a 35 year anniversary reprint with an afterword by the author which explained a bit about the models for the characters in her own family the changes in New York City and the Museum itself since she wrote some of the inspiration for the story the reason she never wrote a seuel and I agree with that decision because I think this is a story that's truly artistically complete in itself as it stands etc; I enjoyed this feature and felt it enhanced the book At the time she mourned the recent passing of both her husband and her longtime editor who'd both loved the book Sadly Mrs Konigsburger herself passed away as well in 2013 But this book alone would be a worthy legacy and she wrote other prize winning tales as well and I give it a solid rating of three earned stars


  7. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    99c Kindle sale Oct 23 2017 This short novel is a classic of middle grade fiction and the 1968 Newbery Award winner Eleven year old Claudia decides to run away from home She was tired of arguing about whose turn it was to choose the Sunday night seven thirty television show of injustice and of the monotony of everythingYou can tell this is set in an earlier time before our media entertainment options multiplied Because her little brother Jamie is a lot better at saving money than she is she invites him to run away with her And because she wants to run away to somewhere beautiful and elegant she chooses to run away to the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art They hide when the museum closes for the evening and then have the place pretty much to themselves at nightBut then Claudia and Jamie come upon a new MOMA acuisition a lovely angel statue donated by one Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Could it be a Michelangelo sculpture? The art experts aren't sure And suddenly Claudia has found a mystery she deeply wants to solve something that may alter her plansIt's a short enjoyable MG story and I've had a paperback copy of it since I was a young teen It's survived a few rereads and bookshelf purges over the years so this one was a keeper for me It really captures the thoughts and feelings of pre teens A wealthy older lady Mrs Frankweiler narrates the entire story for reasons that become apparent later on; I loved her dry humor and no nonsense demeanor She reminded me of one of those sharp minded crusty but ultimately kind dowager duchesses that occasionally grace the pages of my Regencies


  8. Bobby Simic Bobby Simic says:

    There are certain special books that I don't want to give up once finished I guess to prolong the separation and perhaps to somehow physically absorb whatever magic it possesses I'll find myself pressing my palms against the book sandwiching it It doesn't happen very often But it did happen with this bookI had never read this book growing up But I'm so glad that I finally got around to itWhat is it that makes this book so wonderful? Let's begin with Mrs Basil E Frankweiler's clever narration Her voicelike the character is frosty and matter of fact but only on the surface There's also a warm undercurrent that shows the esteem she has for these kids and their adventureThen add to that the relationship between Claudia and her brother Jamie It's terrific and so well done Like many siblings their dynamic is a balancing act between affection and irritation respect and disdainAnd then you've got the cool factor to the story Who hasn't thought about interacting let alone living with the artifacts in a museum? The author clearly respects kids a must if you want to create decent children's literature By allowing Claudia and Jamie to treat not only the Met but New York City as their home and playground and not get caught exemplifies Konigsburg's apparent belief in how capable and astute children can beAnd like all great children's literature the book possesses a wisdom a lesson and a worldly vision that will benefit the reader young or old and provide him with a better understanding of his surroundings There's a bittersweetness to this book that I can't uite put my finger on Why was I teary eyed at the end of this book? Was it because I felt compassion for the childless Mrs Frankweiler who seemed to have finally found the family that had escaped her before? The portrayal of a New York and the Met that will never be again and that I'm sorry I missed? The conclusion's truth in the importance of having secrets and wanting to feel special? I think I was just sad to have this one end


  9. Aldrin Aldrin says:

    For his autumnal yet incandescent family tragicomedy The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson drew inspiration from a handful of literary works remarkably possessed of whimsy and insightful wit Chief among these is the late J D Salinger’s short but utterly perceptive book Franny and Zooey whose title characters are members of the Glass family the basis for the dysfunctional Tenenbaums in Anderson’s film The eccentric director drawing further attention to his enchantment with Salinger’s fictional family even went so far as to pattern a uirk of one of the central characters in The Royal Tenenbaums after a scene in Franny and Zooey where Zooey the male protagonist spends an inordinate stretch of time in a bathtub Anderson did the same that is cutting out a scene from a beloved book and stitching it into his film to the 1968 Newbery Medal winning novel by E L Konigsburg From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler In a brief episode of childhood rebellion in Anderson’s film two of the Tenenbaum siblings run away from home and live in of all places a museum They must have read Konigsburg’s novel Anderson has certainly for that’s exactly what Claudia and Jamie Kincaid the leads in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler did From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler hereafter referred to simply as Mixed Up Files despite the book’s delightful roller coaster of a title is narrated with a uaint sense of humor by a wealthy old lady named Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Mrs Frankweiler’s purportedly true story sets off when Claudia fed up with being unfairly treated in the Kincaid household in Greenwich Connecticut and tired of the monotony of everything decides to teach her parents “a lesson in Claudia appreciation” by running away from home Considering her very low tolerance for discomfort she chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as her hideaway and considering her very low supply of money she persuades her penny pinching brother Jamie to join her With the snazzy art museum as their home cum playground sister and brother make the most out of their newfound freedom and Konigsburg via Mrs Frankweiler seems to make the experience of being away from the safety and convenience afforded by home a tad too easy and pleasant for her protagonists who attempt to live on less than twenty five dollars and a few sets of clothes for God knows how long in the Met an otherwise comfortable dwelling place They hide in the bathrooms at opening and closing time to evade the museum personnel sleep in ancient canopy beds while pretending to be 16th century monarchs bathe in the restaurant fountain while picking up wish coins to add to their dwindling funds and mingle with visitors for their daily dose of art history But these aren’t small plot conveniences so much as products of the complementary nature of Claudia and Jamie’s individual strengths most notably she’s excellent at planning while he’s good at not spending And so even as they bicker mildly about mostly trivial matters they become thick as thieves “The greatest adventure of our mutual lives” as Claudia enticingly described their stint as truants and runaways when she was just trying to enlist Jamie becomes just that when they stumble upon a mystery surrounding the museum’s latest acuisition a statue of an angel believed to be the handiwork of none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti Claudia and Jamie as inuisitive and ingenious as any kids of their age he’s nine years old; she’s “one month away from being 12” would dare to be and seeing that they’re right where the object mired in mystery is sets out to uncover the angel’s secret if any This is no The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons for kids thank you very much In this little book where most of the events big and small also happen in a famous museum and an Italian Renaissance man also gets plunged into the story there’s no room for bloated conspiracy theories and cheap thrills In the first place they’re not what you’d expect from a sophisticated narrator like Mrs Frankweiler who at old age has amassed great wisdom and a great deal of items for her art collection besides as a newspaper article Claude and Jamie chance upon states and as the proud octogenarian herself boasts around the time she finally enters the story as a supporting but not insignificant character while retaining her role as narrator of course What we’re treated to instead is a charming and smartly plotted novel that at first blush seems focused on the excitement of being a defiant and carefree youth and later appears entangled in the revelations impressive in spite of their scant amount hatched by the pair in their investigation about the true maker of an antiue sculpture But as they go about their kid detective work they Claudia especially unknowingly encounter a path towards self discovery and Mixed Up Files ultimately becomes fixed on an eye opening search for what makes a person different and beautiful inside a living work of art in other words Mixed Up Files is structurally a written account addressed to Mrs Frankweiler’s lawyer In her letter prefacing her main narrative she discloses that “I’ve written it to explain certain changes to my last will and testament You’ll understand those changes and a lot of other things much better after reading it” There's no doubt that her lawyer did understand “I don’t come in until much later she continues but never mind You’ll find enough to interest you until you do” Wes Anderson sure did and anyone who has ever been a child and who goes on to read and re read Mixed Up Files does sure enough Originally posted here


  10. Alex Alex says:

    I think you should learn of course and some days you must learn a great deal But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything And you can feel it inside you If you never take time out to let that happen then you just accumulate facts and they begin to rattle around inside of you You can make noise with them but never really feel anything with them It's hollowHere's a book that's lost none of its charm Siblings Claudia and Jamie run away together and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a week uncovering a Michelangelo related mystery and along the way learning a few things about family grammar and the joy of knowing secretsNew York is a great city to hide out No one notices no oneLike all the best children's books its example is disgraceful The two children have only the dimmest sense of the panic they've thrown their parents into; they break into a museum repeatedly; and they cheerfully throw backpacks into sarcophagi and sleep in historically valuable beds They also steal Children who follow their advice will be very bad children In addition it's logistically improbable that any of this would workEverything gets over and nothing is ever enough Except the part you carry with you It's the same as going on a vacation Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time They don't pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that homeBut for engendering a sense of the mystery and magic of art and a sense of adventure it is exemplary And it's a wonderful New York book no less today than it was in 1967If you think of doing something in New York City you can be certain that at least two thousand other people have that same thought And of the two thousand who do about one thousand will be standing in line waiting to do itWhich is why I don't do brunch


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