Thursday, October 30, 2008

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

by E.L. Konigsburg

This is another runaway tale, also set in New York, but that's about all it has in common with My Side of the Mountain. This is the tale of Claudia Kincaid, a kid growing up in Connecticut. She finds suburban life to be quite unbearable, what with homework and chores and all, so she decides to run away from home. Being a child accustomed to comfort, she decides to eschew the traditional lot of a runaway such as sleeping in alleys, begging for meals, and the like. Instead she decides to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She drags her brother along--purely to exploit his savings, mind you--and the two set up residence in the museum. While their life isn't exactly one of luxury, they do manage to have a comfortable time of it. And then a mystery surrounding a beautiful statue on display sends the Kincaids' adventure in an unusual direction. Ms. Konigsburg writes her tale with just the right touch af attitude. The story takes neither the world or itself too seriously. The characters are a tad annoying, but the unique setting more than makes up for it.

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