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When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.
Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.
The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.
Thirty-five years ago, E. L. Konigsburg became the first and only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year -- even more remarkable, she was honored for her first two books. Her Newbery Medal-winning novel, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, has become a modern classic.
To commemorate the thirty-fifth anniversary, Simon Pulse is issuing a mass-market edition, with a special anniversary afterword by E. L. Konigsburg and a sophisticated new cover look, to appeal to older readers. In addition, Aladdin is reissuing the digest edition, which will also include the new afterword.
About the Author
is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday
. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors
, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions
, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s
. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone
, which was named a New York Times
Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.
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 girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.