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

Entrance Hall  - Metropolitan Museum of Art

Entrance Hall – Metropolitan Museum of Art (Photo credit: mgrayflickr)

The Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City.

The Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brother and sister, Jamie and Claudia Kincaid, decide to run away from home. Not because they are being mistreated, not really, but to make a point. They run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and live in the museum! While there they discover a statue, and angel, possibly created by a famous sculptor! Claudia and Jamie decide to solve the mystery of the creator and find out why is was sold to the museum for only $225.00.

What I love about this book as an educator is the teachable moments.Economics and inflation – the book was written in the late sixties and students are fascinated at how the siblings lived on less than $24.00 for a week. I love telling them how much gasoline cost when I was a child! They also have no clue as to the use of an automat. Hint: It has to do with food.

Great discussions to be had. Read it and remember a much simpler time in American history!

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