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Basil E FrankweilerTitle: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Franweiler

Author/Illustrator: E.L. Konigsburg

Newbery 1968

I evidently had never read this the first time around.  What a great find!  Similar to The View from Saturday, her kids are spot-on and Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a fabulous character.  The constant discussions of how much things cost and the lack of security at the museum are a bit dated, but I think most kids could get past that pretty easily.  It could be a great lead-in book to a unit on art history and the forensic process of proving artworks’ provenance, or to a trip to an art museum (preferably a very large, impressive one.)

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