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Konigsburg, E. L
New York : Yearling, 1977.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0689205864

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Claudia is bored with her life. Her parents don't understand her and her friends are boring. She decides to run away for a short time -- just long enough for everyone to really miss her. She doesn't want to be uncomfortable during her time away from home so she decides to take up residence in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also needs money so she decides to ask her brother to run away with her because he always has money. What Claudia doesn't count on is being involved in an art mystery at the museum. She is determined to discover the sculptor of a magnificent statue. She learns that the former owner is Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and sets off to solve the mystery.

Booktalk #2

Sixth Grader Claudia Kincaid is frustrated with her parents and is determined to run away. She can no longer handle the injustices of being at home. She is fed up with babysitting, household chores and the unfair wages that come with it. Claudia has saved every penny and scrutinized over every detail. She decided to enlist her younger brother as her associate on this crazy adventure. Now that she has everything she needs, Claudia is ready for a change of pace. But what will their parents think? Where were the two sleep? What mysteries are awaiting this pair? To find out you'll have to read From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Kongisburg (Mary O'Connell,, College student)

SUBJECTS:     Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
                        Runaways -- Fiction
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction


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