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From the Mixed Up Files Review

is one of my favorite books. It is about two children, Claudia and

Jamie Kincaid, who run away from home to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. They wander around the museum learning about the exhibits during the day and at night they turn the museum into their home, sleeping in Marie Antoinette’s bed and taking baths in the fountain.

One of the interesting things about the book is learning about the ways that they manage living on their own and converting the museum into their house. It kind of makes you want to run away and live in a museum. As a little girl growing up an hour away from New York City, I always wanted to go to the Met every time we were in the city to pick out where I would live, just in case I ever decided to strike out on my own.

The climax of the book comes with the arrival of a statue at the museum that may have been carved by Michelangelo. Claudia and Jamie want to find out the truth for themselves and so they go find the woman who donated the statue to the museum, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from whom the book gets its name.

I am 17 years old and I still consider this to be one of my favorite books. I highly recommend this book to anyone

who likes mystery and adventure or knows what it feels like to be a little kid wanting to make their own way in the world.

By Ann Evans

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