From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: A Tribute

E.L. KonigsburgFrom The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Here’s my review of From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  Enjoy!   Claudia wants to run away.  She has been planning for quite a while now-skipping ice cream sundaes to save up for the trip.  She is going to run away to New York with her brother Jamie; and live in the Metropolitan Museum Of Art.  After they save up enough money, they make their way to New York.  After two nights at the Met, huge crowds come to see a two-foot statue of an angel, that is possibly a work of the famous Michelangelo.  They are enthralled by the statue, and set off on a hunt to find out whether or not it was Michelangelo’s work.  Then they come across a shocking clue, and let the museum know.  Their reply is a bummer-the museum already knew that.  Claudia and Jamie use a last resort; going to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’s house, the former owner of the angel, where they dive into her secrets.  In a thrilling tale of survival, relationship and dependence, will Jamie and Claudia find out the real sculptor of the beautiful angel?

What I thought about it:

You need to read this book.  I decided to read From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler because E.L. Konigsburg passed away on the 21st of this month.  This book has been on my to-read list for a very long time, but since the author died I thought I’d read it as a tribute.  From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was a really fantastic book.  The plot was very well thought out, and it was a joy to see how the characters would survive running away with so little money.  The siblings were created so well, with the love, and the fights over money, usual sibling stuff, and grammar.  I enjoyed the fighting over grammar quite a bit myself.  The illustrations on a few of the pages were nice, and I thought they complimented the text well.  I thought the idea of living in one of the most famous museums in the world was quite unrealistic in a realistic way.  E.L Konigsburg’s ideas are so original, and I love the name Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (once again, very creative).  I really would’ve loved to see a sequel, where the parents react to what the kids did, and then maybe running away to another country.  E.L. Konigsburg was is a very great author whose death will be cried over, and whose works will be remembered forever.  She will sadly not be with us, not in presence; but in our memories and hearts she will always will be.


Action: 8 out of 10 XanderStars

Suspense: 8 out of 10 XanderStars

Well-Written: 10 out of 10 XanderStars

Page-Turning: 8 out of 10 XanderStars

Overall: 9 out of 10 XanderStars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 162

Next I will be reviewing Middle School: My Brother Is A Big, Fat Liar.  What did you think of my review?  Comment and let me know your thoughts!


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4 responses to “From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: A Tribute

  1. Loved your review and I so agree…a must read and I to was very sad to hear about her passing. What a great legacy she has left us though! Thanks for featuring this book. I shared my thoughts on Madhattan Mystery and am thinking it might be a good match for fans of the Mixed Up Files…

    Happy Monday!

    • Thank you Deb! Thanks for reviewing Madhattan Mystery; seems like a great book and I am anxious to hear who won the giveaway. It does seem a lot like Mixed Up Files: The Met, raking up the money; can’t wait to read it! Happy Tuesday!

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