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This question was answered on Sun 20, Jan 2008 03:07pm by ya librarian

Question: two kids run away from home and live in museum

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Asked by cnred on Sun 20, Jan 2008 07:59am :
mid 70's, two kids, I think a brother and sister, run away from home by
hiding on school bus. They live in museum, use change out of fountains to
buy food with. Don't recall awhole lot more than that. My sixth grade
teacher read it to the class but I moved before the ending:(
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Answer by ya librarian on Sun 20, Jan 2008 03:07pm:
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

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 "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil
E. Frankweiler" (1967), written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg is
available from

Various descriptions of the book: 

"Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of
running away....She didn't like discomfort....Therefore, she decided that
her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be
running to somewhere. To a large place, a comfortable place, an indoor
place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided upon
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City."

"Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in
their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself."

"Claudia Kincaid is almost twelve, a straight "A" student, only girl and
eldest child of four, who decides to run away to somewhere beautiful,
comfortable, and preferably indoors. Claudia is in fact rebelling against
the monotony of her life, unfair distribution of labor, limited television
choices and low allowance. Ever the organizer, she carefully formulates a
master plan to escape to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enlists her
middle brother Jamie to join her."

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)--Juvenile fiction.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)--Fiction.
Brothers and sisters--Fiction.
New York (N.Y.)--History--20th century--Fiction.


Comment by jee on Thu 19, Apr 2012 12:45pm:
from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e frankweiler by e.l konigsburg


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