New York City girl Claudia; a mere month shy of being a twelve year old; has resolved to run away from home with her younger brother; Jamie. She knows that she could never pull off the classic spur of the moment departure without a destination (inevitably involving having to eat outside with the insects; and cupcakes melting in the sun); so she plans everything to perfection; including their destination: the grand; elegant; beautiful; all encompassing Metropolitan Museum of Art. However; no sooner have Claudia and Jamie settled into their new home; than they are caught up in the mystery of an angel statue bought by the museum for the bargain price of $225. Is it in fact an as yet undiscovered work by Michelangelo; worth millions? Claudia is determined to find out; and her quest leads her to the remarkable; secretive Mrs. Frankweiler; who sold the statue to the museum and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.
Since its first appearance nearly 50 years ago; The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler has gained a place in the hearts of generations of readers - and has rightly become one of the most celebrated and beloved children's books of all time.
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