Winners Wednesdays: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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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.

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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.

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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.USEangelstatue5

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.f4034443-a58e-4d32-b895-f7e677bc4c29

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.

-Jocelyn Wildhack

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