Tuesday, February 22

BOOK REPORT edgewood's pick is a runaway success

What child hasn't daydreamed about running away from home to a life of adventure?  The two protagonists in this Newbery-award-winning book, do just that.  And what a time they have exploring the treasures in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. A read aloud for the younger set, this book is sure to pique the imagination of 2nd-6th graders.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E L Konigsburg

Twelve year-old Claudia Kincaid decides to run away from the life she finds boring and parents she thinks do not appreciate her. She chooses her younger brother to run away with her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. One morning, they board the school bus carrying everything they will need to run away in Jamie's trumpet case. When everybody else gets off the bus, the brother and sister hide until the bus driver is gone. Then they sneak off the bus and use some of the money Claudia has been hoarding to board a train for New York City.

Once there, they walk to the museum. The museum guard takes them for members of a school tour and they make it inside the amazing museum. In the museum, they look around until closing time, when they go to the bathroom and hide in a stall, carefully keeping their feet up, so the guard will not see them.

Claudia and Jamie settle in at the museum, blending in with school groups on field trips during the day to learn more about the museum's exhibits. They bathe in the museum's fountain, picking up "wishing coins," and sleep on Marie Antoinette's bed. 

During their stay, they become fascinated with the newest exhibit: a beautiful statue of an angel, thought to be the work of Michelangelo. Researching the statue, they discover that a Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from Farmington, Connecticut, sold it to the museum. They spend the last of their money traveling to Mrs. Frankweiler's house, where they discover the angel's secret, hidden in the much disorganized files in Mrs. Frankweiler's office. Afterward, she sends them home in her Rolls-Royce to their worried parents and siblings.

Contributed by Yvonne, Edgewood campus

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