From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Some award winners last for a long time, and this book is one of them. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Award in 1968, and has lasted through the years, still taking kids on adventures today.
The story tells of two children, Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, who decide to run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
They spend a week or so living in the museum, hiding from security guards,sleeping on Victorian beds and stashing their stuff in urns during the day. During this time, a mysterious statue arrives at the museum, drawing lots of media attention for its rumored creator is Michelangelo.
They decide to find out if it was actually a Michelangelo piece, and travel to various places in New York in their search, which finally leads them to the home of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who, in a very touching and clever way, solves the mystery and becomes for them an adopted grandmother.
I love this book because it is crazy and adventurous in a very realistic way. It pushes children to be creative in the world they live in, rather than creating a whole separate adventure filled world. At the same time, this book also encourages children to know themselves well, and live out what makes them different.
Check it out.