Great Job, Internet!: Read This: From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, 50 years later

From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the first novel by E.L. Konigsburg, came from an unlikely source of inspiration. The suburban mom of three was intrigued by a kernel of popcorn she spied on a throne during a visit with her kids to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. From that meager beginning, Konigsburg spun a Newbery Award-winning tale of Claudia and Jamie, a brother and sister who run away from home and decide to hide out at the Met. Since the book’s publication in 1967, readers of all ages have delighted in the tale, which focuses on the practicalities that the two children must endure while living at the museum: bathing in a fountain, shuffling their limited funds at the Automat, hiding from the guards on top of toilets. Eventually the two become embroiled in a museum mystery, involving a statue that could in fact …

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