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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerby E. L. Konigsburg
Winner of the 1968 Newbery Medal.
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut
When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfathers painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. Thats great news for Theo, whos struggling to hang onto her familys two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfathers legacy of $463. Theres just one problem: Theos grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.
With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo's search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she'll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.
Having runaway with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
For fans of The Westing Game and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a clever, treasure-hunt mystery based on a real-life art heist.
Moxie Fleece knows the rules and follows them--that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. Suddenly Moxie is involved in Boston's biggest unsolved mystery: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. Moxie has two weeks to find the art, otherwise she and the people she loves will be in big-time danger.
Her tools? Her best friend, Ollie, a geocaching addict who loves to find stuff; her Alzheimer's suffering grandfather, Grumps, who knows lots more than he lets on; and a geometry proof that she sets up to sort out the clues.
It's a race against the clock through downtown Boston as Moxie and Ollie break every rule she's ever lived by to find the art and save her family.
When Claudia and Jamie plan to run away from home, they decide that the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be a very comfortable place to live. So they settle in and soon find themselves in the middle of a controversy over the authenticity of a new statue.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;E.L. Konigsburgandlt;/Bandgt; is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, andlt;iandgt;From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerandlt;/iandgt; won the Newbery Medal and andlt;iandgt;Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabethandlt;/iandgt; was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for andlt;iandgt;The View From Saturdayandlt;/iandgt;. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: andlt;iandgt;Samuel Toddand#8217;s Book of Great Colorsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Samuel Toddand#8217;s Book of Great Inventionsandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdaleand#8217;sandlt;/iandgt;. In 2000 she wrote andlt;iandgt;Silent to the Boneandlt;/iandgt;, which was named a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girlsand#8217; school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.
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