“From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Frankweiler”

Posted: July 18, 2015 in Book Review, Favorites, Hobbies
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“From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Frankweiler” was written by E.L. Konigsburg and published and 1967. It received the John Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

The book tells a story about Claudia who is planning to run away from home thinking her parents don’t appreciate her. She decides to take Jamie with her because he has the money and how convenient that would be.

They end up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they stumble upon a sculpture of an angel. Both Claudia and Jamie want to find out if it’s really Michelangelo’s or not. The only person who might have the answer is the previous owner named Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

They visit her in her mansion and fill their minds with secrets from the old woman. The two children soon find out that the sculpture was really Michelangelo’s. Mrs. Basil decided to sell it to the museum, but she never told anyone to avoid speculation among experts. She left the sketch for the sculpture for Claudia and Jamie in her will on one condition: The two children should never tell anyone about the sculpture nor the sketches.

This book is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. Claudia and Jamie’s characters are one of the best things about this book.

The other interesting character in the story is Mrs. Frankweiler who is very wise, witty and humorous. I consider her as one of my favorite old lady characters from books or movies (Aunt May from Spider-Man comics is one of them).

I recommend ‘From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Frankweiler” to anyone because it just doesn’t entertain kids but adults as well.


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