From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Middle Grade Fiction - Alder & Alouette

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg | Ages 9-12 yrs.

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Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg's beloved classic and Newbery Medal--winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because he was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie had some excellent ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, but she wanted to feel different; and she found a beautiful statue at the Museum with a mystery to solve. A mystery that baffled the experts, too. And she had to solve the mystery before she could go home again. 

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her--well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.



  • A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)
  • Newbery Award Medal (1967)



  • From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Written and illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New Reprint of the April 1, 1968 version.
  • Ages 9 to 12 years
  • 0.5" H x 7.5" L x 5.1" W (0.25 lbs) 168 pages
  • Softcover
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Adventure, Suspense, Mystery