Book Review: From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Author:  E.L. Konigsburg
Title: From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Narrator: Jill Clayburgh
Publication Info: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2011 [Originally published in 1967]

When I was in junior high school, I had an idea to write a book about a couple of kids running away from their home in suburban Connecticut, taking the train to New York City, and settling in for some adventures.  I made a few attempts at starting the book but the idea never translated to the page.  Which is a good thing, because if I had written that book it would have been accused of being totally derivative of From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The story is about a brother and sister from Connecticut who take a train to New York and (in an interesting twist I hadn’t considered) move into the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It’s a good story that’s a mix of adventure and mystery with a lesson for children coming of age.  Jill Clayburgh does an excellent job narrating the story as well.  Now that I’ve caught up on another book I never read as a child I must endeavor to make sure my kids read it too.

Rating: ***1/2

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