Letting my brain have a little break from the holidays, I picked up a book I have had on my shelf FOREVER. The book is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg a Middle Grade book that has been on my radar for a really really long time. I am very glad I finally got the opportunity to read it and I will tell all about it, as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that it will take a lot of money to live in a museum in NYC, Claudia recruits her little brother Jamie, who is famous for his ability to save money. The two take their time planning their trip and when they think they have thought of everything, hop on a train. As soon as they get there, Jamie starts fretting about money and Claudia appoints him treasurer with the final say so about all their purchases. The two kids go to the museum (when this book was written it was still free to go in) and plan on how to stay after closing. Their plan works and the two kids end up spending the night a bed that had been carved in the 16th century. The children spend a couple days and nights in the museum, skulking around, reading everything and carefully eating to conserve their funds. One day they come across a statue only called Angel and Claudia is instantly enamored. They read an article about the popularity of the statue and the mystery that surrounds it. It seems that the statue was bought at an auction for the unheard of low price of 225 from the eccentric Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The mystery concerns the artist of the sculpture, it is rumored to be the great Michelangelo, but there is no hard proof. Claudia decides that they cannot go home until they have uncovered the mystery. After much studying, library time and frustration the children finally decide that only Mrs. Frankweiler will have the answers and go to visit her. She gets the children to tell her their story in return for letting them find the proof of Michelangelo's artistry of the Angel. Claudia, though forbidden from sharing the secret, finally feels as if she is ready to go home. The children head home, and all is well.