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4.00001399893608 out of 54.00001399893608 out of 54.00001399893608 out of 54.00001399893608 out of 54.00001399893608 out of 5 4.00 (71,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Konigsburg Narrator: Jill Clayburgh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780743597166
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When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie, find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction for a bargain price of $250. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. This quest leads Claudia to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exceptional story, notable for superlative writing.” 

    Children’s Book World

  • “Has captivated readers for more than a quarter-century.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “The captivating story is fresh and crisply written with uncommonly real and likable characters and genuine dialogue and humor.

    Booklist

  • “Jill Clayburgh narrates at a pace that allows young listeners to absorb the story. Clayburgh’s delivery captures the personalities of both Claudia and Jamie, as well as that of the opinionated Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Clayburgh’s inflections also express the subtleties in the relationship between Claudia and Jamie, drawing us closer to the characters. This well-loved Newbery award winner is enjoyably brought to life.”

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  • Newbery Medal
  • AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raynak25 | 2/14/2014

    " Best book from my childhood. Right up there with Charlotte's Web and Nancy Drew! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 2/12/2014

    " One of my all time favorite juvenile fiction books. A charming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Elzinga | 2/9/2014

    " My favorite children's book of all time---maybe it was the inspiration for me to attain my degree in Art History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/7/2014

    " That magic book written for children that still holds up when you're an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Marks | 2/4/2014

    " I haven't read this book since I was a kid but it really stuck with me. It is due for a re-read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 1/29/2014

    " This was a cute story about a girl and her brother. She decideds she wants to runaway and she takes her younger brother with her. She decides that they will live in the New York Metropolitian Museaum of Art. The discover that a new sculpture has come the museum and no one knows if it was made by Michelangelo or not. The kids think it was and do research. They track down the women who sold the sculpture and she helps them to solve the mystery. It was a kid's version of The Davinci Code. It was a cute book. Not sure if I would recommend due to the fact the kids runaway, steal money from the fountain, bathe in the fountain, and go off with strangers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carie | 1/22/2014

    " We listened to this on a family road trip. Great read. My favorite character? The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I couldn't help but wish I was there with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Addie Stillman | 1/15/2014

    " So strange...but i loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 12/21/2013

    " Read this aloud with my 9-year old daughter. It really stood the test of time. perfect to appeal to the pre-teen. it's got mystery, sibling rivalry, running away fantasy-fulfilment. best YA ever, very readable as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 12/18/2013

    " I loved what this had to say about team work and how adventures can be internal journeys resulting in self awareness and growth. My daughter was right when she said it was my kind of book and it was a nice change from the YA novels I need to keep up with for work "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collette | 11/3/2013

    " One of my favorite childhood books. Who didn't want to get lost in a museum as a kid? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 9/21/2013

    " Favorite book from childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 8/31/2013

    " Read this as a young girl. I don't know how many times. But I loved it. It is very cool when your kids read the same books you do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristen | 7/10/2013

    " I want to think this was one of the books that was required reading in elementary school but it's one that I remember fondly. A lot of these books have come back to mind and I just wonder what I would think if I were to read it again today as an adult. May just have to find out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie | 7/5/2013

    " This is a great book for teens and adults alike. Although the focus is on two runaway children, the message is for everyone. It is a beautiful story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabel ♥ | 6/20/2013

    " i think this might have been my first chapter book! I think I read it when I was in pre-kindergarten... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/14/2013

    " It was alright, but it was not my favorite. Slow and kind of uninteresting. I don't think this one has aged well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parker | 4/16/2013

    " I remember reading this book! I loved it, the characters were amazing, and it had a great touch of childhood wonder about it that really reflected my earlier years of homeschooling. Such a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 3/27/2013

    " One of the few books that I read as a youth and loved! Recently read again and fell in love all over again. A fun story with a little bit of mystery and adventure, but really is about self-discovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/12/2013

    " Used in a Cinti. Art Museum tour based on the book. Book for young readers. Items in tour include: Fountain, bedstead, marble angels, patron Longworth, large vases, the library, the security desk, and renaissance area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 10/9/2012

    " Such a good book. It made me think, maybe I should runaway from home!! Great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 9/13/2012

    " I can't believe I didn't read this book in childhood. It's both an incredibly fun story and has great things to think about in terms of knowlegde, rewards, secrets, and what you can hold special for yourself in life. Love, love, love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MK | 8/7/2012

    " Now I wanna go to the Met. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza Anastasio | 6/14/2012

    " i dont even remember if i liked this or not "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 3/24/2012

    " It was good and suprisingly realistic in a way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/16/2012

    " My son had to read this and I'm going on a field trip with him. Thought I'd reread it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/7/2012

    " Reread in honor of my trip to the Met, NYC and Connecticut. <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 8/10/2011

    " Great quick read. Kids loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia d'Aliberti | 6/23/2011

    " I love this book. I have always wanted to live in a library for a summer, so the idea of living in a museum sounds wonderful. I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/20/2011

    " Definitely an essential read for adults and children alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/18/2011

    " My mom first read this book to me when I was in kindergarden. I fell in love with it the second she finished the first chapter. I've read it too many times since then. I just love it that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/18/2011

    " A great kickback book. Perhaps a forgotten treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 5/9/2011

    " Just finished reading with Annachiara, she still has the last chapter to finish. I hope we can share more books like that - anyone have any suggestions? I am thinking we might tackle To Kill a Mockingbird this Summer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/7/2011

    " Delightful!
    And the reader, Jan Miner, is incredible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/6/2011

    " I read this as a child and then again 2-3 years ago. "

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About the Author

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal in 1968; in the same year, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later, she won another Newbery Medal for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdales. She wrote Silent to the Bone in 2000, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Konigsburg lives in north Florida.