Ooh, to live in a museum

January 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg; published by Scholastic, New York; 1967.

Claudia Kincaid needed something, some change, in her life.  So she convinces her brother Jamie to run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  There adventure really takes off when a statue is delivered to the museum, and the mystery of its origins takes root in Claudia’s imagination.  Those roots develop into an adventure of self-discovery.

The author’s afterword in the edition I read provided insight into the characters and their transformations.  Following the afterward are remarkably rich resources, including a list of discussion group questions and activities.

I would most definitely use this book with any museum tie-in program at the library—including a program based on Night at the Museum that would use books and online exhibits.  Using online exhibits from a variety of museums, but especially the Met, would bring this story to life.


Entry filed under: Newbery Award or Honor Book, Realistic Fiction. Tags: , , , , , .

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